Far from the glitz and glamour of many Hollywood biographies, Bruce Campbell’s story is about the hard work of making and marketing movies. Known to many cult film fans for his Evil Dead horror movies, he begins with his adventurous childhood in suburban Detroit and the friendships that led to his work in independent films. Campbell shares the details of making homemade films that debuted at college campuses and the realization among his friends that there was a market for their work. He tells of his experiences with everything from casting to scouting locations to dealing with distributors and studio executives.
Campbell’s writing style is casual and witty, giving a conversational feel to the book. He proves himself to be a man who doesn’t take himself or his skills too seriously, but thoroughly enjoys what he gets paid to do. While entertaining for Campbell’s fans, there is also much here for those interested in the process of filmmaking and popular culture.
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