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Sam Raimi
Personal Info - Awards - Film Credits - Biography

Personal Info
Born: 23 October 1959, Royal Oak, Michigan, USA
Birth Name: Samuel Marshall Raimi

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• Buckaroo Entertainment
• Ghost House Pictures
• Renaissance Pictures

• Creative Artists Agency

9 wins & 6 nominations

Film Credits
Xena: The 10th Anniversary Collection (video) - Executive Producer 2005
Man with the Screaming Brain - Writer (co-story) (as R.O.C. Sandstorm) 2005
Boogeyman - Producer 2005
The Grudge - Executive Producer 2004
Spider-Man 2 - Director 2004
Spider-Man - Director 2002
Xena: Warrior Princess - A Friend in Need (The Director's Cut) (video) - Producer 2002
Frailty - Special Thanks 2001
The Gift - Director 2000
For Love of the Game - Director 1999
A Simple Plan - Director 1998
Young Hercules (video) - Executive Producer 1998
Hercules and Xena - The Animated Movie - Executive Producer 1998
Darkman III: Die Darkman Die (video) - Executive Producer 1996
The Quick and the Dead - Director 1995
Galaxis - Nervous Official 1995
Timecop - Producer 1994
The Flintstones - Cliff Look-A-Like 1994
The Hudsucker Proxy - Hudsucker Brainstormer, Writer, Second Unit Director 1994
Darkman II: The Return of Durant (video) - Executive Producer 1994
Hard Target - Executive Producer 1993
Indian Summer - Stick Coder 1993
Inside Out IV (video) - Camera Operator (segment "Modivation") 1992
Army of Darkness - Knight in Sweatshirt and Sneakers (uncredited), Writer (written by), Director, Editor (as R.O.C. Sandstorm) 1992
Innocent Blood - Roma Meats Man 1992
The Nutt House - Writer (screenplay) (as Alan Smithee Jr.) (story) (as Alan Smithee Jr.) 1992
Lunatics: A Love Story - Executive Producer 1991
Miller's Crossing - Snickering Gunman 1990
Darkman - Writer (screenplay) (story), Director 1990
Maniac Cop 2 - Newscaster 1990
Easy Wheels - Executive Producer, Writer (written by) (as Celia Abrams) 1989
Intruder - Randy 1989
Maniac Cop - Reporter at parade (uncredited) 1988
The Dead Next Door - Executive Producer (as The Master Cylinder) 1988
Evil Dead II - Medieval Soldier (uncredited), Writer (written by), Director 1987
Spies Like Us - Drive-In Security 1985
Stryker's War - Cult Leader 1985
Crimewave - Writer (written by), Director 1985
A Nightmare on Elm Street - Special Thanks 1984
Hefty's - Cook #2 1983
The Evil Dead - Executive Producer, Hitchhiking Fisherman; Voice of Evil Force (uncredited), Writer (written by), Director, Special Effects (uncredited) 1981
Attack of the Helping Hand! (short) - Milkman, Cinematographer 1981
Shemp Eats the Moon (short) - Angelo the Knife 1978
Clockwork (short) - Director 1978
Within the Woods (video short) - Executive Producer, Writer, Director 1978
It's Murder! (short) - Actor, Director 1977

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 back on familiar ground with its wild visuals and comic-book origins. Though numerous A-list directors (including James Cameron and David Fincher) had been attached to helm the film during its extended incubation, Raimi's childhood love for the well-loved web-slinger eventually won him the opportunity (and formidable challenge) of bringing the story of Spider-Man to the big screen. With Tobey Maguire in the lead, Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson, and Willem Dafoe suiting up as the Green Goblin, Spider-Man shattered all expectations with overwhelmingly positive word of mouth and a historical opening weekend box-office take of 114 million dollars. With its respect to the source material remaining unusually faithful and a talented cast lending the film as much solid story as thrilling action, fans immediately hungered for more, to which Raimi responded with the wildly popular and equally frenetic Spider Man II.

Though Raimi would remain true to the hit series he had so skillfully crafted by promising Spider Man III as his next directorial outing, it was around this time that the tireless filmmaker began turning his attentions as a producer away from television to focus on the big screen with his production company Ghost House Pictures. The wildly successful horror remake The Grudge being the first outing by the company, Raimi subsequently removed any doubt that he was still interested in terrifying audiences when he announced that Ghost House would be producing such eagerly-anticipated horror outings as 30 Days of Night, The Messengers, The Grudge 2, and, of course, the long-rumored remake of his classic shocker The Evil Dead.

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