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Sam Raimi

Highest Rated:   98% Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)
Lowest Rated:   10% The Grudge 2 (2006)
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Birthplace:   Royal Oak, Michigan, USA
Like most children of the 1960s, Sam Raimi grew up acting out his fantasies with the benefit of an 8 mm movie camera. The film gauge "grew to 35" when Raimi, with the aid of friends and relatives, raised 500,000 dollars to film a horror feature, The Evil Dead (1983). Not your average sliced-up-teenager epic, Evil Dead was a marvelously wicked assault on the senses, belying its tiny budget with several extremely clever (if nausea-inducing) set pieces. Raimi switched to slapstick comedy with Crimewave (1985), a wild Detroit-based crime caper co-scripted by Raimi's friends and fellow devotees of the bizarre, Joel and Ethan Coen. Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn (1987) giddily expanded the scope and splat-stick humor of the initial installment, and quickly became a cult classic with it s over-the-top gore and imaginative direction. Evil Dead 2 was the mark of a director truly at the top of his creative game, and with that film a foundation was cemented between Raimi and Bruce Campbell that would reach almost mythical status among the hardcore fans of the series. Raimi next came out guns-blazing for Darkman (1990), a comic-book inspired fantasy/adventure representing the director's biggest production budget to date. Though it performed only moderately at the box office, fans clamored to see Raimi's first major release and got an extra kick out of longtime friend and Evil Dead cohort Bruce Campbell in an all-too-brief closing-scene cameo. Also expensively mounted was Army of Darkness (1992), a time-travel swashbuckler that gave evidence of extensive post-production tinkering (notably its skimpy 80-minute running time). A sequel to the first two Evil Dead flicks, the film was released under the more ambiguous title lest it be associated with the outrageously gory previous installments. In the following years the now-established director would hone his talents as a producer with such big-budget action releases as Hard Target (1993) and Timecop (1994). The mid-'90s also found Raimi producing two tele-films that would become the genesis of television's massively popular Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (Raimi would continue as executive producer during the series' four-year run) as well as executive producing Hercules arguably more successful companion series, Xena: Warrior Princess.In 1995, Raimi once again stepped back behind the camera to helm The Quick and the Dead, a revisionist Western starring Sharon Stone. It earned only a lukewarm reception, and it was three years before Raimi directed another feature. 1998's A Simple Plan was a far greater success than The Quick and the Dead: Starring Billy Bob Thornton and Bill Paxton as brothers driven to mistrust and paranoia after discovering four million dollars in the woods, it was Raimi's most lauded film to date, earning a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nomination for Scott B. Smith and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for Thornton. The following year, Raimi submerged himself fully in the mainstream, directing the Kevin Costner baseball vehicle For Love of the Game. Unfortunately, the film met with a very mixed reaction from critics and audiences alike, many of whom longed for the days when Bruce Campbell, demonic mutilation, and possessed appendages reigned supreme. The Southern gothic trappings of Raimi's next film, The Gift (2000), found the director's longtime fan base hesitantly re-embracing the one-time cult figure with its tale of the supernatural and quietly creepy atmosphere. A frightening performance by the usually non-threatening Keanu Reeves caught jaded filmgoers off guard and the decidedly low-key film contained enough scares to prove that while it may have been temporarily dulled, Raimi had certainly not lost his edge.Although Raimi's next effort may not have been the long-anticipated fourth chapter in the Evil Dead saga (a fanboy fantasy that Raimi and Campbell had cheerfully dismissed on numerous occasions), the long-anticipated release of Spider-Man found the director

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
87% Don't Breathe
  • Producer
$89.3M 2016
95% The Jungle Book
  • Giant Squirrel
$364M 2016
No Score Yet The Last of Us
  • Producer
2016
32% Poltergeist
  • Producer
$40M 2015
30% Murder of a Cat
  • Producer
2014
No Score Yet Burst 3D
  • Producer
2014
No Score Yet 3 Geezers!
  • The Director
2013
62% Evil Dead
  • Producer
$54.2M 2013
59% Oz the Great and Powerful
  • Director
$235M 2013
40% The Possession
  • Producer
$49.1M 2012
40% Armored
  • Producer
$16M 2009
92% Drag Me to Hell
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
$42.1M 2009
No Score Yet Suck My Geek!
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Boogeyman 2
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
2007
51% 30 Days of Night
  • Producer
$39.6M 2007
33% Rise: Blood Hunter
  • Executive Producer
$59.9k 2007
63% Spider-Man 3
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$336.6M 2007
12% The Messengers
  • Producer
$35.4M 2007
10% The Grudge 2
  • Producer
$39.2M 2006
13% Boogeyman
  • Producer
$46.4M 2005
38% The Grudge
  • Producer
$110.2M 2004
94% Spider-Man 2
  • Director
$373.4M 2004
No Score Yet Spider-Man 2.1 (Extended Cut)
  • Director
2004
89% Spider-Man
  • Director
$403.8M 2002
57% The Gift
  • Director
$11.2M 2000
46% For Love of the Game
  • Director
1999
90% A Simple Plan
  • Director
1998
No Score Yet Young Hercules
  • Executive Producer
1998
No Score Yet The Dead Next Door
  • Producer
1995
No Score Yet Galaxis
  • Nervous Official
1995
33% Darkman III: Die Darkman Die
  • Executive Producer
1995
56% The Quick and the Dead
  • Director
1995
No Score Yet Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur
  • Executive Producer
1994
No Score Yet Hercules in the Underworld
  • Executive Producer
1994
No Score Yet Hercules and the Circle of Fire
  • Executive Producer
1994
43% Timecop
  • Producer
1994
23% The Flintstones
  • Cliff Look-A-Like
1994
No Score Yet Hercules and the Lost Kingdom
  • Executive Producer
1994
No Score Yet Hercules and the Amazon Women
  • Producer
1994
57% The Hudsucker Proxy
  • Hudsucker Brainstormer
  • Screenwriter
1994
29% Darkman II - The Return of Durant
  • Executive Producer
1994
70% Body Bags
  • Actor
1993
61% Indian Summer
  • Stick Coder
1993
No Score Yet Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Collins
1993
72% Army of Darkness
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1993
50% Hard Target
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1993
41% Innocent Blood
  • Roma Meats Man
1992
No Score Yet Lunatics: A Love Story
  • Executive Producer
1992
91% Miller's Crossing
  • Snickering Gunman
1990
No Score Yet Easy Wheels
  • Executive Producer
1990
60% Maniac Cop 2
  • Newscaster
1990
83% Darkman
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1990
No Score Yet Intruder
  • Randy
1989
50% Maniac Cop
  • Parade Reporter
1988
98% Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
  • Screenwriter
  • Knight
  • Director
1987
No Score Yet Thou Shalt Not Kill... Except
  • Cult Leader
1987
No Score Yet Crimewave
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1986
35% Spies Like Us
  • Drive-in Security
1985
No Score Yet Stryker's War (Thou Shalt Not Kill... Except)
  • Actor
1985
95% The Evil Dead
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
1981
No Score Yet Within the Woods
  • Director
1978

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
99% Ash vs. Evil Dead
2015
  • Creator
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • 2016
  • 2015
66% Rake
2014
  • Director
  • 2014
64% Spartacus
2010-2013
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010
57% Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
2011
  • Producer
  • 2011
No Score Yet Legend of the Seeker
2008-2010
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008

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