Creator / Sam Raimi

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Hail to the king, baby.

Samuel Marshall Raimi (born October 23, 1959) has the distinct honor of being one of the few director/producers in existence that can actually make films that are campy AND scary at the same time and have them come off as excellent pieces of film. Known mostly for his cult series Evil Dead, he also gained a greater level of fame for directing a trilogy of movies based on the long-running Spider-Man comic books.

Raimi is also no stranger to television as well, as he executive produced the syndicated shows Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess, Legend of the Seeker and Spartacus: Blood and Sand. He currently executive produces the TV adaptation of his Evil Dead films, Ash vs. Evil Dead, the pilot of which he also directed.

Early on in his career, he was a frequent collaborator with The Coen Brothers: Joel was an assistant editor on The Evil Dead, the three of them wrote Crimewave and The Hudsucker Proxy together, Raimi had cameo apperances in Miller's Crossing and Hudsucker, and finally (whew) Raimi directed a montage sequence in the latter.


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Topes:

  • Creator Backlash:
    • He seems to agree with the consensus that Spider-Man 3 was the worst of the trilogy.
    • After The Quick and the Dead flopped, Raimi admitted that he was "confused" and thought himself to be a "dinosaur".
  • Old Shame: Hasn't exactly considered Crimewave one of his proudest works. Given the production problems surrounding the film.
  • Promoted Fanboy: He was a big fan of Spider-Man before being tasked with directing the film trilogy.
  • Rousseau Was Right: The villains in his Spiderman movies all have sympathetic backstories that make them quite human.
  • Rule of Cool: Raimi could give John Carpenter a run for his money with how the Evil Dead series turned out over time.
  • World of Ham: His most famous films throw subtlety out the window in favor of everyone unironically reciting intentionally corny lines and giving over-the-top deliveries.

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