Sam Raimi


23 Oct 1959


Royal Oak, Michigan, USA


Samuel Marshall Raimi


Highly inventive U.S. film director/producer/writer/actor Sam Raimi first came to the attention of film fans with the savage, yet darkly humorous, low-budget horror film, The Evil Dead (1981). From his childhood, Raimi was a fan of the cinema and, before he was ten-years-old, he was out making movies with an 8mm camera. He was a devoted fan of The Three Stooges, so much of Raimi's film work in his teens, with good friends Bruce Campbell and Rob Tapert, was slapstick comedy based around what they had observed from "Stooges" movies.

Among the three of them, they wrote, directed, produced and edited a short horror movie titled Within the Woods (1978), which was then shown to prospective investors to raise the money necessary to film The Evil Dead (1981). It met with lukewarm interest in the U.S. with local distributors, so Raimi took the film to Europe, where it was much more warmly received. After it started gaining positive reviews and, more importantly, ticket sales upon its release in Europe, U.S. distributors showed renewed interest, and "Evil Dead" was eventually released stateside to strong box office returns. His next directorial effort was Crimewave (1985), a quirky, cartoon-like effort that failed to catch fire with audiences. However, he bounced back with Evil Dead II (1987), a racier and more humorous remake/sequel to the original "Dead" that did even better at the box office. Raimi was then given his biggest budget to date to shoot Darkman (1990), a comic book-style fantasy about a scarred avenger. The film did moderate business, but Raimi's strong visual style was evident throughout the film via inventive and startling camera work that caught the attention of numerous critics.

The third chapter in the Evil Dead story beckoned, and Raimi once again directed buddy Campbell as the gritty hero "Ash", in the Gothic horror Army of Darkness (1992). Raimi surprised fans when he took a turn away from the fantasy genre and directed Gene Hackman and Sharon Stone in the sexy western, The Quick and the Dead (1995); four years later, he took the directorial reins on A Simple Plan (1998), a crime thriller about stolen money, starring Bill Paxton and Bridget Fonda. In early 1999, he directed the baseball film, For Love of the Game (1999), and, in 2000, returned to the fantasy genre with a top-flight cast in The Gift (2000). In 2002, Raimi was given a real opportunity to demonstrate his dynamic visual style with the big-budget film adaptation of the Stan Lee comic book superhero, Spider-Man (2002), and fans were not disappointed. The movie was strong in both script and effects, and was a runaway success at the box office. Of course, Raimi returned for the sequel, Spider-Man 2 (2004), which surpassed the original in box-office takings.

Actor ( 40 credits )

The Jungle Book (2016) Giant Squirrel (voice)
3 Geezers! (2013) Director
Vivir de cine (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Fanboy (2011) Sam Raimi
Special Collector's Edition (2010)  Himself (2 episodes, 2011)
Drag Me to Hell (2009) Ghost at Seance (uncredited)
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007)  Evil Force / ... (archive footage) (1 episode, 2007)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2007-2009)
Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition (2006)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009-2013)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Cinema mil (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Spider-Man 2 (2004) University Student (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Galaxis (1995) Nervous Official
American Cinema (1995)  Himself (unknown episodes)
The Flintstones (1994) Cliff Look-A-Like
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) Hudsucker Brainstormer
The Stand (1994)  Bobby Terry (1 episode, 1994)
Indian Summer (1993) Stick Coder
Intimate Portrait (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
Army of Darkness (1992) Knight in Sweatshirt and Sneakers (uncredited)
Innocent Blood (1992) Roma Meats Man
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Maniac Cop 2 (1990) Newscaster
Miller's Crossing (1990) Snickering Gunman
Intruder (1989) Randy
Maniac Cop (1988) Parade Reporter
The Incredibly Strange Film Show (1988)  Himself (1 episode, 1988)
Evil Dead II (1987) Medieval Soldier (uncredited)
The Movie Show (1986)  Himself (1 episode, 1995)
Spies Like Us (1985) Drive-In Security Guard
Thou Shalt Not Kill... Except (1985) Cult Leader
Hefty's (1983) Cook #2
Cleveland Smith: Bounty Hunter (1982)
The Evil Dead (1981) Hitchhiking Fisherman / Evil Force (uncredited)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Attack of the Helping Hand! (1979) Milkman
Shemp Eats the Moon (1978) Angelo the Knife
It's Murder! (1977)
Fantástico (1973)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)

Producer ( 37 credits )

Don't Breathe (2016) producer
Poltergeist (2015) producer
Ash vs Evil Dead (2015) executive producer (10 episodes, 2015-2016)
Murder of a Cat (2014) producer
Rake (2014) executive producer (3 episodes, 2014)
Evil Dead (2013) producer
The Possession (2012) producer
Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010) executive producer (33 episodes, 2010-2013)
Zombie Roadkill (2010) executive producer (6 episodes, 2010)
Drag Me to Hell (2009) producer (uncredited)
13: Fear Is Real (2009) executive producer (8 episodes, 2009)
Legend of the Seeker (2008) executive producer (39 episodes, 2008-2010)
30 Days of Night (2007) producer
Rise: Blood Hunter (2007) executive producer
The Messengers (2007) producer
The Grudge 2 (2006) producer
Boogeyman (2005) producer
The Grudge (2004) producer
Cleopatra 2525 (2000) executive producer (28 episodes, 2000-2001)
Jack of All Trades (2000) executive producer (22 episodes, 2000)
Young Hercules (1998) executive producer (49 episodes, 1998-1999)
Spy Game (1997) executive producer (13 episodes, 1997)
Xena: Warrior Princess (1995) executive producer (134 episodes, 1995-2001)
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995) executive producer (111 episodes, 1995-1999)
American Gothic (1995) executive producer (22 episodes, 1995-1996)
Timecop (1994) producer
M.A.N.T.I.S. (1994) executive producer (22 episodes, 1994-1997)
Hard Target (1993) executive producer
Lunatics: A Love Story (1991) executive producer
Easy Wheels (1989) executive producer
The Dead Next Door (1989) executive producer (as The Master Cylinder)
The Evil Dead (1981) executive producer
Within the Woods (1978) executive producer
It's Murder! (1977) producer
Noir (0) executive producer
The Last of Us (0) producer
Don't Breathe 2 (0) producer

Writer ( 17 credits )

Ash vs Evil Dead (2015) (20 episodes, 2015-2016)
Evil Dead (2013)
Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash (2011) (character) (uncredited)
Drag Me to Hell (2009) (written by) &
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Man with the Screaming Brain (2005) (story) (as David Goodman)
Spy Game (1997) (creator) (13 episodes, 1997)
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) (written by)
M.A.N.T.I.S. (1994) (creator) (22 episodes, 1994-1997)
The Nutt House (1992)
Army of Darkness (1992) (written by) &
Darkman (1990) (screenplay) and
Easy Wheels (1989) (written by) (as Celia Abrams) and
Evil Dead II (1987) (written by) &
Crimewave (1985) (written by)
The Evil Dead (1981) (written by)
Within the Woods (1978) (writer)

Director ( 20 credits )

Ash vs Evil Dead (2015) (1 episode, 2015)
Rake (2014) (2 episodes, 2014)
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Spider-Man (2002)
The Gift (2000)
For Love of the Game (1999)
A Simple Plan (1998)
The Quick and the Dead (1995)
Army of Darkness (1992)
Darkman (1990)
Evil Dead II (1987)
Crimewave (1985)
The Evil Dead (1981)
Clockwork (1978)
Within the Woods (1978)
It's Murder! (1977)
World War 3 (0)