Hail to the Chin
It’s been 15 years since his first memoir but Bruce is still living the dream as a "B" movie king in an "A" movie world.Bruce Campbell makes his triumphant return from where he left off in If Chins Could Kill with further hilarious, gut-wrenchingly honest confessions.Bruce brings us through his life in the decade since his first memoir and his roles as varied as they are numerous- from his roles in the Spiderman movies to his self-referential My Name is Bruce to his role on #1 show Burn Notice and his new STARZ hit series Ash vs Evil Dead.Over the last 15 years, Bruce has become a regular on the Wizard World convention circuit, has created his @GroovyBruce twitter account with over 400,000 followers and a Facebook page with almost 250,000 likes. His profile and reach is lightyears beyond where it was for Chins.Hail to the Chin will be bursting with pictures and the signature humor that Bruce brought to If Chins Could Kill and will be devoured by his legions of fans across the country.

Hail to the Chin Details

TitleHail to the Chin
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 15th, 2017
PublisherThomas Dunne Books
ISBN-139781250125606
Rating
GenreBiography, Nonfiction, Humor, Autobiography, Memoir, Culture, Film

Hail to the Chin Review

  • Jim
    January 1, 1970
    Again, I'm impressed by Campbell's second autobiography, an excellent follow up to If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor. If you haven't read that, he sums it up quickly in a PreRamble at the beginning. That sets the whole tone of the book. He doesn't take his life or work too seriously.He seems like such a regular working guy & he seems very honest about his life. For instance, he's mouthing off after a party one night & John Carpenter tells him to shut up. Hey, it happens Again, I'm impressed by Campbell's second autobiography, an excellent follow up to If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor. If you haven't read that, he sums it up quickly in a PreRamble at the beginning. That sets the whole tone of the book. He doesn't take his life or work too seriously.He seems like such a regular working guy & he seems very honest about his life. For instance, he's mouthing off after a party one night & John Carpenter tells him to shut up. Hey, it happens, but telling everyone about it? There's not a lot of ego working here, but there sure are a lot of interesting experiences.I'm enough of a fan that I've watched most of his movies & TV series. I can't say I loved "The Man With The Screaming Brain", but it was fun. Stacy Keach (Mike Hammer) was a great mad scientist. To read about how & why it was made in Bulgaria was really interesting & contained a lot of great anecdotes. Ditto for "My Name Is Bruce" & "Ash Versus The Evil Dead". It took me a while to get through this because I only read it during lunch. That means it wasn't enthralling enough for me to make time for it after work, so I can't give it 5 stars. I certainly looked forward to lunch time each day, though.
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  • Ace Boggess
    January 1, 1970
    Groovy. This is a fascinating and, at times, hilarious take on the actor's further adventures. Well worth reading, this book is fun and insightful. It delves into the movie-making process, the creation of Syfy Channel cheese and, eventually, genuine cable and then pay-cable success. Oddly, it's the successful years that find Campbell writing the least interesting, at times devolving into lengthy acceptance-speech style thank-you lists. The low-budget B-movie years of the early 2000s when filming Groovy. This is a fascinating and, at times, hilarious take on the actor's further adventures. Well worth reading, this book is fun and insightful. It delves into the movie-making process, the creation of Syfy Channel cheese and, eventually, genuine cable and then pay-cable success. Oddly, it's the successful years that find Campbell writing the least interesting, at times devolving into lengthy acceptance-speech style thank-you lists. The low-budget B-movie years of the early 2000s when filming movies such as Bubba Hotep and Alien Apocalypse come across with so much color and comic misadventure that the book is worth reading just for those stories. All in all, this is a fun read ... with pictures, too, and a cameo from Shatner. How can you beat that?
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  • Billie
    January 1, 1970
    Groovy.
  • Jason Schneeberger
    January 1, 1970
    Picking up right where IF CHINS COULD KILL left off, Bruce takes us through the second half of his acting career, right up to the first season of ASH VS EVIL DEAD. This book was highly entertaining and informative, with my favorite part being about the making of ALIEN APOCALYPSE and MAN WITH A SCREAMING BRAIN in Bulgaria. There's some good stuff in there! The only reason why I didn't give this five stars is because of the lack of information on BUBBA HO-TEP; it was a two page part of the book an Picking up right where IF CHINS COULD KILL left off, Bruce takes us through the second half of his acting career, right up to the first season of ASH VS EVIL DEAD. This book was highly entertaining and informative, with my favorite part being about the making of ALIEN APOCALYPSE and MAN WITH A SCREAMING BRAIN in Bulgaria. There's some good stuff in there! The only reason why I didn't give this five stars is because of the lack of information on BUBBA HO-TEP; it was a two page part of the book and that was it. I get the feeling that that movie leaves a bad taste in Bruce's mouth for whatever reason, but it's a shame because I don't think I'm the only fan of it that would have loved to have a little more in depth knowledge about it's making, directly from Bruce.All in all though, this was a great book that had me laughing several times! I was happy to buy this directly from Bruce (and have my copy signed) at a recent book signing event. Any fan of Bruce's work should definitely check this one out.
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  • Bryce
    January 1, 1970
    Hail to the king.
  • Mark Higley
    January 1, 1970
    Already liking it. If it is half as good as the first book, it will be worth the money.
  • Kyle Burley
    January 1, 1970
    Said it before and I'll say it again. Bruce is a cool guy to hang out with for 300 pages, or so.
  • Leigh-Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Quick and easy read. Perfect when a break is needed from the fighting on social media. Lots of Bruce Campbell funny responses and thoughts, while taking you through life and filming in Bulgaria, Miami, and Iraq.
  • Dan Trudeau
    January 1, 1970
    Back in the dim and distant 90s, my friends and I were big Evil Dead fans. To us, Bruce Campbell was on an equal level with A-listers like Tom Cruise. Back in those days, before the internet made famous and semi-famous people more accessible, a couple of us even wrote Mr. Campbell letters, which resulted in, shocker of schockers, him giving several of my buddies a phone call. I was tempted to do it myself, but it felt like going to the well one too many times. My friend, Ian, went to the Univers Back in the dim and distant 90s, my friends and I were big Evil Dead fans. To us, Bruce Campbell was on an equal level with A-listers like Tom Cruise. Back in those days, before the internet made famous and semi-famous people more accessible, a couple of us even wrote Mr. Campbell letters, which resulted in, shocker of schockers, him giving several of my buddies a phone call. I was tempted to do it myself, but it felt like going to the well one too many times. My friend, Ian, went to the University of Michigan and joined their film co-op, through which he managed to extend an invite to Bruce to attend a showing of Army of Darkness on campus. Even better, a group of us got to have dinner with him beforehand. By that point, I'd already met a couple authors and comic-book artists who's real-life personality had been, well, less than inspiring. It was much different with Bruce, though. He was upbeat, informative, funny, and he even answered our stupid questions. I can't say I made a good showing, as I was so overwhelmed I don't think I even completed most of my sentences (which I promised myself I'd never let happen again).I bring all this up because reading Hail to the Chin (and Confessions of a Chin before it) is just like hanging out with Bruce. He's just as funny and informative as you'd like him to be. He's tasted enough success and adulation to be confident, but eaten enough humble pie to also be down to Earth. His experiences run the gamut of micro-budget shoots in Bulgaria, to the day-in and day-out of making a successful TV show, to giant-studio films in LA. Oh, he went to Iraq too. I can't speak to how enjoyable this would be to someone who isn't a fan. I'm not at all objective when it comes to his career, as it's tied to so many of my own memories, but to those of us on the Bruce Campbell bandwagon, I highly recommend this.
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  • Douglas Castagna
    January 1, 1970
    I got this one from the man himself at a signing. I guess I am biased because I like the actor, and the shows/movies he has been in and was looking forward to reading his latest installment to his memoirs. He seemed affable in person as well and arrived early for the signing and started right away. Pictures were allowed and he signed another item for free. I had my Bubba Ho Tep signed and he scribbled TCB! on it as well. Now onto the book.The book pretty much follows the format of the prior inst I got this one from the man himself at a signing. I guess I am biased because I like the actor, and the shows/movies he has been in and was looking forward to reading his latest installment to his memoirs. He seemed affable in person as well and arrived early for the signing and started right away. Pictures were allowed and he signed another item for free. I had my Bubba Ho Tep signed and he scribbled TCB! on it as well. Now onto the book.The book pretty much follows the format of the prior installment. A linear approach to his career and life with a lot of information and details and cool stuff I did not know, like when he and Jeffery Donovan went to see the troops during his time on Burn Notice. This book did not disappoint and I think if you are a fan of Campbell you will love it, and if you aren't then why not? However, I will say that even if you are not a fan of the author or of the genre of Hollywood memoirs this is a bit different. This is a tale of a type of guy you may know who made it to the big leagues of the middle ground and is content with it and proud of where he is and is sharing his story. All in all an interesting and entertaining read for everyone. IMHO
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  • Anson Berberich
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve never had so much fun reading an Autobiography in my life. This is by far better than his last two books. I can tell he’s getting better by experience at writing. This is a real life success story about a real person, not some born out of Disney living Barbie doll actor who gets everything handed to them. Bruce Campbell is a hard working man’s man. This autobiography is proof that he is highly underrated and before his time. Even though he has become a successful super star, he is still Jen I’ve never had so much fun reading an Autobiography in my life. This is by far better than his last two books. I can tell he’s getting better by experience at writing. This is a real life success story about a real person, not some born out of Disney living Barbie doll actor who gets everything handed to them. Bruce Campbell is a hard working man’s man. This autobiography is proof that he is highly underrated and before his time. Even though he has become a successful super star, he is still Jenny from the block, in this book, we can relate with him every step of the way through his success, it’s like you have him sitting there next to you and he’s telling you about his last twenty years. Every question you have ever had for Bruce since his last book are all answered in this one. At his next Q&A you can be the one to enjoy just being there knowing that you can relax and have nothing to raise your hand for. I didn’t want this book to end, but I couldn’t stop turning the pages. My favorite and most inspiring words of wisdom I took away from this book are “I’ve never made any money without spending some first.” Thank you Mr. Bruce Campbell.
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  • Joe Aguiar
    January 1, 1970
    Bruce Campbell's sequel to his hilarious and fun 2001 memoir If Chins Could Kill, is an entertaining read in itself as Campbell let's us know...in his own words...what he's been up to since his last book. It's a fun look at his move to rural Oregon, a string of SYFY channel B-movies and finally getting a co-starring role in the hit TV show Burn Notice. Campbell pokes fun at himself and those around him as he goes from B-movie actor, to TV series star and finally to strapping on the old chainsaw Bruce Campbell's sequel to his hilarious and fun 2001 memoir If Chins Could Kill, is an entertaining read in itself as Campbell let's us know...in his own words...what he's been up to since his last book. It's a fun look at his move to rural Oregon, a string of SYFY channel B-movies and finally getting a co-starring role in the hit TV show Burn Notice. Campbell pokes fun at himself and those around him as he goes from B-movie actor, to TV series star and finally to strapping on the old chainsaw again as he returns to the role of Ash Williams after an over twenty years hiatus. It's told in the sarcastic, smart-ass Bruce Campbell style and is a lot of fun as nothing and no one...especially himself...is spared from that Bruce Campbell sense of humor. A fast and fun read from a true icon! Groovy!
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  • Brad
    January 1, 1970
    2.25 stars.I read this based on how much I remembered enjoying If Chins Could Kill figuring Campbell had a lot more tales to tell. It was about a third of the way through the book until it really seemed he did have a story worth telling. The first third has an awful lot about living in Oregon, which as interesting a narrator as Campbell can be is not his strong suit. Where he shines is talking about the movie industry, which he loves for all of its gleaming brass false promises. Readers do get s 2.25 stars.I read this based on how much I remembered enjoying If Chins Could Kill figuring Campbell had a lot more tales to tell. It was about a third of the way through the book until it really seemed he did have a story worth telling. The first third has an awful lot about living in Oregon, which as interesting a narrator as Campbell can be is not his strong suit. Where he shines is talking about the movie industry, which he loves for all of its gleaming brass false promises. Readers do get some of that here, but it feels more like a collection of tidbits than an arch that carries throughout. It also is true that Campbell has seen a lot more success since his first book, rising as a cult personality; that may have made the storytelling less urgent. Ultimately, if I could talk to my past self, I'd tell him to reread If Chins Could Kill instead of this book.
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  • Patti
    January 1, 1970
    I love all things Bruce Campbell. I've watched more movies that sucked than I have that were good, just because of Bruce Campbell.When I heard this one was coming out, I pre-ordered on Amazon. Opened it the day I received it. Took me longer than it should have to read, but life happens. I liked the look into his later life, post Army of Darkness and Brisco County. The anecdotes about The Man With the Screaming Brain (a movie that sucked, but it had Bruce Campbell) were funny as hell.His talk of I love all things Bruce Campbell. I've watched more movies that sucked than I have that were good, just because of Bruce Campbell.When I heard this one was coming out, I pre-ordered on Amazon. Opened it the day I received it. Took me longer than it should have to read, but life happens. I liked the look into his later life, post Army of Darkness and Brisco County. The anecdotes about The Man With the Screaming Brain (a movie that sucked, but it had Bruce Campbell) were funny as hell.His talk of Comic-Cons was good. I loved his description of an jet as containing "a geek's wet dream - Norman Reedus, Michael Rooker, Jon Berenthal, Dean Cain and that Evil Dead guy." Bruce, as much as I love Walking Dead and Norman Reedus, I wouldn't give them a second glance if you were there.
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  • Michael
    January 1, 1970
    An enjoyable read, chronicling the "second act" of Bruce Campbell's career. As a follower of his work, it was great to travel along with him while he experienced success on the television screen, and off of it. He knows how to tell a good story, and keeps the reader engaged with the vignettes and anecdotes he shares.And, wool socks. Have to remember about the wool socks.Recommended for any fan of Bruce Campbell, which should be EVERYONE.
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  • Michael Thompson
    January 1, 1970
    So... I LOVE Bruce Campbell. I am a very big fan. That said, this book was pretty underwhelming. His first book, "If Chins Could Kill," was very interesting (for a Bruce Campbell fan) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. His second book was all fiction and very silly, but I didn't hate it. This one has some interesting stuff in it but also, a lot of very boring stuff (ex. how Bruce had to grade his dirt driveway). The stuff I wanted to learn about (Evil Dead, his other films and TV shows) is in there bu So... I LOVE Bruce Campbell. I am a very big fan. That said, this book was pretty underwhelming. His first book, "If Chins Could Kill," was very interesting (for a Bruce Campbell fan) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. His second book was all fiction and very silly, but I didn't hate it. This one has some interesting stuff in it but also, a lot of very boring stuff (ex. how Bruce had to grade his dirt driveway). The stuff I wanted to learn about (Evil Dead, his other films and TV shows) is in there but not in the detail I'd like. The stuff I really don't care to read about (remodeling his home) gets equal time. So, if you're not a fan, do not bother with this. If you are a fan, don't get your hopes up very high.
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  • Ben
    January 1, 1970
    Enjoyable, but mostly enjoyable because I'm a huge Bruce Campbell fan. There's some good pieces, especially his description of his trip with the ISO to Iraq, but there's also too much (in my opinion) about the more mundane parts of being an actor. I get that it's an important part of his life; I just didn't find it all that interesting.
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  • Roxanne
    January 1, 1970
    This is a Goodreads win review and this is an advance readers edition so I wonder if they know the introduction and the image credits at the end are in a foreign language. Now I have always loved Bruce Campbell, I saw him in McHales Navy and the show Burn Notice. This book is very entertaining.
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  • Ed Nemo
    January 1, 1970
    I have always liked Bruce Campbell. After loving the original If Chins Could Kill, this gave even more information on BC's personal life and continuing career as an actor. It also made me realize that while the lifestyle seems intriguing, I am glad I didn't go in that direction post High School Drama.
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  • Harold Stewart
    January 1, 1970
    Back into the womb ...The further adventures of Bruce Camp-bell, a career coming full circle. Presenting an amazing perspective on the evolution of the importance work, family, and your roots.
  • Amanda Crumley
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from Goodreads to review !! I loved , probably because I love Bruce Campbell !! He's such a smart , funny , witty guy wrapped in a ball of cuteness !!! Great read and very entertaining !!
  • Scott
    January 1, 1970
    Another great overview of a life spent in the movies and TV. This one talks about the time before and after when he was in "Burn Notice" and the convention circuit.He doesn't get into the nitty gritty but tells the stories from an actor's point of view.
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  • Christopher Leto
    January 1, 1970
    Love Bruce Campbell He shows us just how crazy and fun it is to be an actor. I cannot wait for the third book to this trilogy.
  • Tom McCarthy
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoy reading all of Bruce's Books. The whole books just feels genuine. Really really good read about the other side of Hollywood.
  • Bookwhore Extraordinaire!
    January 1, 1970
    Pure AwesomenessI got to meet Bruce Campbell when he was promoting "If Chins Could Kill". Cool guy. This book is humorous and was a great sequel to his first book.
  • Florin Popa
    January 1, 1970
    One word: too short! 😀
  • Bill Mason
    January 1, 1970
    A light and easy read about the further trials and tribulations of everyone's favorite B-Movie Star.
  • Matthew Barber
    January 1, 1970
    Bruce Campbell's Hail to the Chin is an insightful and honest look into the life of a B movie actor. The book is thoroughly entertaining and is often filled with good laughs. Hail to the King!
  • Larry
    January 1, 1970
    A smart and funny man. Great writing, great tales of his adventures in life and acting.
  • Olivia Ambrose
    January 1, 1970
    A fun read of Bruce Campbell's more recent works, including Burn Notice and other B movies. I didn't know much about his personally before this, but it was an interesting ride. I'd recommend it if you have any interest in Campbell or his career.
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