B-movie star Bruce Campbell is bringing a little fear to Hastings Saturday — but in a lighthearted way.
Campbell, star of "The Evil Dead" trilogy of the 1980s and the current television series "Burn Notice," will speak on the Hastings College campus at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in French Memorial Chapel.
This event, sponsored by the Artist Lecture Series National Speakers Committee, is open to the public, but seating is limited.
As a veteran horror film actor, Campbell was selected for his insights into fear, this year's ALS theme.
"It seemed important to interject a lighter side of the very human and all-too-frequent emotion," said Susan Franklin, faculty member of the ALS committee.
The lecture will focus on the actor's experience with horror movies and how they factor into people's lives.
"My hope is that he adequately addresses the entire vicarious-fear-leads-to-catharsis Aristotelian theory, since it seems central to what we strive for in a liberal arts education," Franklin said. "I think our students can gain from and identify with Campbell's growth from making Super 8 movies for fun to having lifelong creative relationships."
But for Franklin and the many Campbell fans excited about his visit, it's not all work and no play.
Franklin is a big fan of the cult movie actor. She cross-stitched a film tribute to Campbell and plans to share a friendship necklace with him.
"One half is a bloody chainsaw, the other is the book of the dead," she said. "I am going to ask Bruce to choose one half piece."
Campbell also will introduce a screening of "Army of Darkness" at 7:30 tonight in French Memorial Chapel
"Army of Darkness" starred Campbell and was directed by Campbell's friend Sam Raimi, director of "The Evil Dead" and the "Spider-Man" trilogy and the soon-to-be-released "Oz the Great and Powerful." Campbell is rumored to appear in "Oz," which opens March 8.
Featured at the screening also will be an exclusive look at a red band trailer for the Campbell-produced remake of "The Evil Dead," opening April 5.
Campbell's arrival has received mixed response on campus, said John Bohmfalk, chairman of the ALS National Speakers' Committee.
"I've heard everything from 'Who's Bruce Campbell?' to 'You're kidding! He's going to be here!' There's certainly a core group of students who are fans of his," Bohmfalk said.
HC senior Zach Maurer, who is a fan of "The Evil Dead" franchise, said he is excited about Campbell's arrival on campus.
"Him being a well-known actor and director, he will definitely have a lot of experience and advice to share," Maurer said.
Franklin, who is an associate professor of library science and HC's public services librarian, said she has made it her mission to hunt down books and movies featuring Campbell for those students who don't know about him.
"I hope that students not familiar with Bruce Campbell will be inspired by his words and seek out his works, explore, and know that what they are doing at Hastings College is the beginning of a lifelong set of relationships," she said.