The “B Movie” is best known for it’s over the top gore and low budgets, and no actor is more synonymous with this type of film than Bruce Campbell. Campbell got his start as a young teen growing up in Michigan working in local theater and doing “super-8 films” with friend and legendary director, Sam Raimi, but would be crowned the king of B movies with the 1981 release of the cult classic The Evil Dead.
Campbell released his first biography/autobiography, If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor in 2001; its followup would come in the form of Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor in August of 2017.
Hail to the Chin chronicles his career post The Evil Dead; focusing on his move out of LA, his 7 season run on Burn Notice and finding jobs after the cancellation of the USA network’s hit series as well as the birth of the Starz hit, Ash vs Evil Dead. One would assume that a cult legend like Bruce Campbell wouldn’t have a problem at all finding a solid gig, but not even the king has it easy.
Hail to the Chin, much like predecessor If Chins Could Kill, gives an eyeopening look into how the film industry really is. If you are thinking about going into film, whether behind or in front of the camera, this is a must read. It’s far from a touchy feely how-to guide but more of a “you’re going to get the crap kicked out of you, but you gotta keep going” pep talk. So many celebrities have released books full of puppies and rainbows and how wonderful Hollywood is, but this is not one of those books. Campbell is as honest as they come with his experiences, the good, the bad and the ugly. If you didn’t appreciate Bruce before, you will after reading this book. Hail to the Chin is the most honest (borderline over sharing) biography you will ever read.
Hail to the Chin gives a better look at Campbell’s fun-loving personality and sometimes questionable ideas (he built a movie set in his backyard in Oregon…read the book). It only further solidifies him as a fan’s actor and the king of the B Movie. Hail to the king (and the chin) and give Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor a read, you won’t be disappointed.