I was looking for something to read, and my to-read list was full of books I wanted to read, just not now. So, I went to one of my favorite websites (Goodreads) to see what they would recommend to me. I found myself clicking on biographies and one of the books at the top of recommendations was If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor by Bruce Campbell. The book has a high rating and I love watching a good B-Movie (and such things do exist). I’ve seen several movies Starring Bruce (Evil Dead, Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness) and I enjoyed them all. So, I decided that his book would make an interesting read.
After the first few chapters I was questioning my decision. I was thinking that the book was written well and I do like movies but, I’m not a movie buff by any means, I’m not that interested in Hollywood and I really don’t care about the private lives of actors. At this point I would have said, and did say, there is no way this book would get more than three stars from me. But, I kept on reading and I’m glad I did.
It was interesting to follow Bruce Campbell’s journey from making super 8 films with some school friends and reading about the difficulties of making the low budget instant classic Evil Dead and several other projects. But, the book also touches on several other unknowns (at that time) who made it big in Hollywood, many behind the camera.
The more I read the more I enjoyed this book. Bruce does a wonderful job of showing Hollywood as a whole. From the grunts behind the scenes, who do the jobs like shoveling horse apples to directors dealing with the big (A list) stars. There is no part of making a movie that Bruce doesn’t cover. I found myself really enjoying this book and I’m now in the mood to re-watch many of Bruce’s movies, but this time I’ll have to keep an eye open for several things I didn’t notice before, Bruce mentions several things and scenes to watch for.
If you are a movie buff or if you just like movies, you should read this book. If you want to become an actor or get into show business in any form, you should DEFINITELY read this book.