If Chins Could Kill If Chins Could Kill by Bruce Campbell
Publisher: L.A. Weekly Books
Year: 2001
Pages: 272

After reading about my uncle’s recent adventure with Bruce Campbell, I decided to read his new book, Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way. The library didn’t have that, so I decided tos start with his autobiography.

Bruce Campbell’s autobiography is everything you might expect Bruce Campbell’s autobiography to be: it’s relatively short, witty, and fascinating. Having seen all of the Evil Dead series, but not a follower, I was shocked to learn, for instance, that Sam Raimi was only 20 when he filmed it. Dammit, that’s my age!

Being a struggling B movie actor is tough to read about: I felt bad for Campbell all throughout the book. Having a cult fan base is not quite the same thing as being steadily employed. Much of Bruce Campbell’s work was done when I was too young to appreciate it. Brisco Country, Jr., for instance. Evil Dead manages to transcend age boundaries, but one has to wonder just how such a low-budget movie got to be so important.

In other words, it’s not a riveting book in the sense that I was laughing the entire time, or wondering what happens next, but as a frank discussion of life in the biz, I thought it was excellently done, even including on-the-fly interviews with Campbell’s friends, including Sam Raimi. It sort of fleshes out the mental image I had of Campbell as Hollywood’s Everyman, though I wish it was written late enough to include his thoughts about movies like Bubba Ho-Tep, which was absolutely wonderful.

It’s not a long book (under 300 pages, with biggish sans-serif text), and written very much as if it were just a transcription of Campbell telling it to you, so if you’re a fan at all, it might be something to pick up.

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2 Comments to “If Chins Could Kill”

  1. Andy says:

    Two Bruce Campbell films come to dvd 10/4— The Man With the Screaming Brain, and Alien Apocalypse.
    I can’t speak to the quality of either, but I await them both eagerly.

  2. howard says:

    I’d always heard (but never researched for myself) that the original Evil Dead was a college/film school project, but I never paid enough attention to know that it was Sam Raimi directing.

    Don’t worry, though, because in four years you’ll be as old as Orson Welles was when he directed Citizen Kane. That’s the one that used to get me…

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