Book title: If Chins Could Kill [+]*
Author: Bruce Campbell
Posted November 24, 2003
The subtitle of this book is "Confessions of A B Movie Actor". The book is basically Campbell's professional life story, from his days as an 8mm movie hobbiest, to his roles on the X-Files and Xena: Warrior Princess. He includes some personal details about his childhood, his two marriages and his children, but only in the most perfunctory way.
The real meat of the book lies in the chapters about the financing, production and sale of Evil Dead. It's ultra-low-budget (only $150,000) movie-making at it's most crazy. Campbell is honest about the hardships (both physical and mental), the low points (asking his depressed Dad for one more loan) and the highs (Stephen King's endorsement of the film before its sale).
There are some other interesting bits, including Campbell's musings about Hollywood and his decision to focus on B movies. However, this isn't a deeply philosophical book or a critical film analysis. It's a fast and fun read, one that I'd recommend to Campbell fans, aspiring actors, and anyone who is interested in movie making.
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Mysteries & Thrillers
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In The Shadow of No Towers [+]*
The Girl Who Played Go [+]*
The Salt Roads [+]*
If Chins Could Kill [+]*
Secret Soldiers [+]*
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