Believe It or Not
Bruce Campbell is an actor that is predominantly known for his work in the horror genre. However, he is a more diverse individual. In his career that has spanned close to four decades, he has been in comedies, dramas and animated films.
The only area as of yet that he hasn’t ventured into is musicals. So, you would think that when he was asked by AMC to pick his favorite films, he would have automatically gone to horror, right? No. In fact, his list contains just one feature in that genre.
I think you can tell quite a bit about a person by the movie choices that he or she makes. For those individuals that enjoy horror, it is about the adrenalin rush and the excitement of being scared. Bruce Campbell is rather eclectic with his list but then again, for anyone that has read his books, this doesn’t come as a surprise.
Some fans of his might be shocked to know that in actuality, he is into classic movies. If you have ever heard him on podcasts such as the Nerdist, he frequently talks about how many celebrity biographies he has read from Hollywood’s golden age of filmmaking.
Now, let’s dive into his top five favorite list.
The Hot Picks
The Exorcist – Linda Blair – Courtesy of Warner Brothers
As far as horror films go, I would have to admit this is in my pantheon of that genre. Campbell has frequently cited that the reason why he enjoys this adaptation so much is because of
She is thoroughly convincing when she says, “There is something wrong with my daughter.” In Bruce’s words,
You can’t argue with his logic because, after all, this terrifying feature was so well done that the Academy recognized it by bestowing upon it several Oscar nominations.
The Bridge on the River Kwai
David Lean is one of the best directors in filmdom and has been frequently mentioned as an inspiration to filmmakers like Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. This particular movie happened to win seven Academy Awards.
Long before Sir Alec Guinness played Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars, he won an Oscar for his portrayal of Colonel Nicholson in this flick about prisoners of war who build a bridge for their Japanese captors only to see it destroyed by Allied forces.
The performances are powerful and the script is extremely well written. When the men are tortured by being left out in the hot, tropical sun of Thailand, you can feel it with them. That is how convincing the acting is from not only Guinness but William Holden as well.
Bruce has mentioned several times in various interviews that Holden is one of his favorite actors. If you are used to the sweeping vistas in Spielberg films and Coppola epics like the Godfather, check the Bridge on the River Kwai out because you can definitely see Lean’s influence on modern day directors.