MONDAY

In November 1979, armed with a film camera borrowed from Wayne State University, a group of Hollywood hopefuls arrived in the small, woodsy ‘burg of Morristown, Tenn., to make a movie. Their shoot, scheduled for six weeks, lasted more than two months, and the cast and crew—all amateurs—endured innumerable hardships and humiliations. The fetid—and later fêted—fruit of their labors was the mother of all demon/zombie movies: The Evil Dead. An instant cult hit, the film launched the career of its director-screenwriter, Sam Raimi, and turned its lead actor, the square-jawed Bruce Campbell, into a legit B-movie star. Campbell details the making of The Evil Dead and its sequels in his cheeky, hilarious autobiography If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor. More than anything else, Chins is a diary of Campbell’s time in the trenches, detailing his brushes with stars and starlets, his experiences working in films both low-budget and high-profile, his tour of duty on The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., and even his work behind the camera—such as on the series finale of Kevin Sorbo’s Hercules. What comes through on every page of Chins is Campbell’s love of the life he’s made for himself, with no apologies and only a few regrets. (Okay, maybe a few apologies…) He’ll be in town at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at Olsson’s Books and Records, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. (703) 525-4227. (Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa)