Samuel Marshall Raimi (born October 23, 1959) is an American filmmaker, actor, and producer, primarily known for creating the cult horror Evil Dead series (starring Bruce Campbell), and directing the Spider-Man trilogy (2002–2007), which collectively featured Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, J.K. Simmons, Elizabeth Banks, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Thomas Hayden Church, and Bryce Dallas Howard. He also directed the superhero film Darkman (1990), with Liam Neeson and Frances McDormand, the revisionist western The Quick and the Dead (1995), with Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio; the neo-noir crime-thriller A Simple Plan (1998), with Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, and Bridget Fonda; the sports drama For Love of the Game (1999), with Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, John C. Reilly, Jenna Malone, and Brian Cox; the supernatural thriller film The Gift (2000), with Cate Blanchett, Keanu Reeves, Giovanni Ribisi, Hilary Swank, Katie Holmes, and Greg Kinnear; the 2009 supernatural horror film Drag Me to Hell, and the fantasy film Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), with Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, Bill Cobbs, Joey King, and Tony Cox; and the Marvel film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), with Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Xochitl Gomez.
Raimi has also produced several successful television series, including Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and its spin-off Xena: Warrior Princess. He founded the production company Renaissance Pictures in 1979. His films known for their fast pacing, extreme zooms, and montage sequences.
Each new review will be linked to the title below.
(*seen originally in theaters)
(**seen rereleased in theaters)
- It’s Murder (1977) – short
- Within the Woods (1978) – short
- The Evil Dead (1981)**
- Crimewave (1985)
- Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn (1987)
- Darkman (1990)
- Army of Darkness (1992)
- The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) – directed by Joel & Ethan Coen – co-writer
- The Quick and the Dead (1995)
- A Simple Plan (1998)
- For Love of the Game (1999)
- The Gift (2000)
- Spider-Man (2002)*
- Spider-Man 2 (2004)*
- Spider-Man 3 (2007)*
- Drag Me to Hell (2009)
- Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)*
- Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)*