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 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.
- The Evil Dead (1981)
- Crimewave (1985)
- Thou Shalt Not Kill... Except (1985, actor)
- Evil Dead 2 (1987)
- Darkman (1990)
- Army of Darkness (1993)
- The Quick and the Dead (1995)
- A Simple Plan (1998)
- For Love Of The Game (1999)
- The Gift (2000)
- Spider-Man Trilogy
- Drag Me to Hell (2009)
- Oz: The Great and Powerful (2013)
Sam Raimi and his works provide examples of:
- Creator Backlash:
- Creator's Pest: He's not a fan of Venom, stating that he despises the character's "lack of humanity." This is the reason for his unflattering portrayal of the character in Spider-Man 3.
- Creator Thumbprint: "The Classic," a yellow 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 that Raimi has had since before he began directing. He tries to get it into every one of his movies, to the point that Bruce Campbell claimed in his autobiography that the car was in even more movies than he has been. Its most famous appearances were as the car for both Ash Williams and Benjamin Parker.
- Old Shame: He hasn't exactly considered Crimewave one of his proudest works. Given the production problems surrounding the film.
- Production Posse: Hire Sam Raimi, and you're pretty much certain to also be hiring his brother Ted as well as Bruce Campbell. He's also tangentially part of the Coen Brothers' posse, as noted above.
- Promoted Fanboy: He was a big fan of Spider-Man before being tasked with directing the film trilogy.
- Rousseau Was Right: With the exception of Eddie Brock/Venom, 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.
- Vertigo Effect: This is used frequently, particularly in his earlier works and perhaps most prominently in The Quick and the Dead.
- 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.