Sam Raimi

Samuel M. "Sam" Raimi (born October 23, 1959) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and actor. He is best known for creating the cult supernatural horror franchise "The Evil Dead"—in which he directed the first three instalments (1981–92)—and for directing the original "Spider-Man" trilogy (2002–07) starring Tobey Maguire. He also directed the superhero film "Darkman" (1990), the action western "The Quick and the Dead" (1995), the neo-noir crime-thriller "A Simple Plan" (1998), the supernatural thriller "The Gift" (2000), the supernatural horror film "Drag Me to Hell" (2009), the Disney fantasy adeventure "Oz the Great and Powerful" (2013), and the Marvel Cinematic Universe film "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" (2022). Raimi is also a prolific producer of both film and television projects, including notable horror films such as "The Grudge" (2004), "30 Days of Night" (2007), "Don't Breathe" (2016) and "Crawl" (2019), and successful television series such as "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" (1995-99) and its spin-off "Xena: Warrior Princess" (1995-2001). He founded Renaissance Pictures in 1979 and Ghost House Pictures in 2002.

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A Simple Plan (1998)

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Captivated by the lure of sudden wealth, the quiet rural lives of two brothers erupt into conflicts of greed, paranoia and distrust when over $4 million in cash is discovered at the remote site of a downed small airplane. Their simple plan to retain the money while ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Bill Paxton  •  Bridget Fonda  •  Billy Bob Thornton  •  Brent Briscoe

Captivated by the lure of sudden wealth, the quiet rural lives of two brothers erupt into conflicts of greed, paranoia and distrust when over $4 million in cash is discovered at the remote site of a downed small airplane. Their simple plan to retain the money while ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Bill Paxton  •  Bridget Fonda  •  Billy Bob Thornton  •  Brent Briscoe

Army of Darkness (1992)

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Ash is transported back to medieval days, where he is captured by the dreaded Lord Arthur. Aided by the deadly chainsaw that has become his only friend, Ash is sent on a perilous mission to recover the Book of the Dead, a powerful tome that gives its owner the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Bruce Campbell  •  Embeth Davidtz  •  Marcus Gilbert  •  Ian Abercrombie

Ash is transported back to medieval days, where he is captured by the dreaded Lord Arthur. Aided by the deadly chainsaw that has become his only friend, Ash is sent on a perilous mission to recover the Book of the Dead, a powerful tome that gives its owner the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Bruce Campbell  •  Embeth Davidtz  •  Marcus Gilbert  •  Ian Abercrombie

Body Bags (1993)

Three tales, each more terrifying than the last. . . . A woman who is stalked by an axe-weilding maniac . . . a man who pays the ultimate price for a beautiful head of hair . . . and a vision of life—seen through the eyes of a killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tobe Hooper  •  John Carpenter
CAST:  John Carpenter  •  Robert Carradine  •  Alex Datcher  •  David Naughton

Three tales, each more terrifying than the last. . . . A woman who is stalked by an axe-weilding maniac . . . a man who pays the ultimate price for a beautiful head of hair . . . and a vision of life—seen through the eyes of a killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tobe Hooper  •  John Carpenter
CAST:  John Carpenter  •  Robert Carradine  •  Alex Datcher  •  David Naughton

Evil Dead II (1987)

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Ash Williams and his girlfriend Linda find a log cabin in the woods with a voice recording from an archeologist who had recorded himself reciting ancient chants from "The Book of the Dead." As they play the recording an evil power is unleashed taking over Linda's body.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Bruce Campbell  •  Sarah Berry  •  Dan Hicks  •  Kassie DePaiva

Ash Williams and his girlfriend Linda find a log cabin in the woods with a voice recording from an archeologist who had recorded himself reciting ancient chants from "The Book of the Dead." As they play the recording an evil power is unleashed taking over Linda's body.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Bruce Campbell  •  Sarah Berry  •  Dan Hicks  •  Kassie DePaiva

Miller's Crossing (1990)

Set in 1929, a political boss and his advisor have a parting of the ways when they both fall for the same woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Coen
CAST:  Gabriel Byrne  •  Marcia Gay Harden  •  John Turturro  •  Jon Polito

Set in 1929, a political boss and his advisor have a parting of the ways when they both fall for the same woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Coen
CAST:  Gabriel Byrne  •  Marcia Gay Harden  •  John Turturro  •  Jon Polito

Spider-Man (2002)

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After being bitten by a genetically altered spider at Oscorp, nerdy but endearing high school student Peter Parker is endowed with amazing powers to become the superhero known as Spider-Man.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Tobey Maguire  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  James Franco

After being bitten by a genetically altered spider at Oscorp, nerdy but endearing high school student Peter Parker is endowed with amazing powers to become the superhero known as Spider-Man.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Tobey Maguire  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  James Franco

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

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Peter Parker is going through a major identity crisis. Burned out from being Spider-Man, he decides to shelve his superhero alter ego, which leaves the city suffering in the wake of carnage left by the evil Doc Ock. In the meantime, Parker still can't act on his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Tobey Maguire  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  James Franco  •  Alfred Molina

Peter Parker is going through a major identity crisis. Burned out from being Spider-Man, he decides to shelve his superhero alter ego, which leaves the city suffering in the wake of carnage left by the evil Doc Ock. In the meantime, Parker still can't act on his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Tobey Maguire  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  James Franco  •  Alfred Molina

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

The seemingly invincible Spider-Man goes up against an all-new crop of villains—including the shape-shifting Sandman. While Spider-Man’s superpowers are altered by an alien organism, his alter ego, Peter Parker, deals with nemesis Eddie Brock and also gets caught ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Tobey Maguire  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  James Franco  •  Thomas Haden Church

The seemingly invincible Spider-Man goes up against an all-new crop of villains—including the shape-shifting Sandman. While Spider-Man’s superpowers are altered by an alien organism, his alter ego, Peter Parker, deals with nemesis Eddie Brock and also gets caught ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Tobey Maguire  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  James Franco  •  Thomas Haden Church

Spies Like Us (1985)

Two bumbling government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for nuclear war.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Landis
CAST:  Chevy Chase  •  Dan Aykroyd  •  Steve Forrest  •  Donna Dixon

Two bumbling government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for nuclear war.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Landis
CAST:  Chevy Chase  •  Dan Aykroyd  •  Steve Forrest  •  Donna Dixon

The Evil Dead (1981)

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When a group of college students finds a mysterious book and recording in the old wilderness cabin they've rented for the weekend, they unwittingly unleash a demonic force from the surrounding forest.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Bruce Campbell  •  Ellen Sandweiss  •  Richard DeManincor  •  Betsy Baker

When a group of college students finds a mysterious book and recording in the old wilderness cabin they've rented for the weekend, they unwittingly unleash a demonic force from the surrounding forest.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Bruce Campbell  •  Ellen Sandweiss  •  Richard DeManincor  •  Betsy Baker

The Flintstones (1994)

Modern Stone Age family the Flintstones hit the big screen in this live-action version of the classic cartoon. Fred helps Barney adopt a child. Barney sees an opportunity to repay him when Slate Mining tests its employees to find a new executive. But no good deed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Levant
CAST:  John Goodman  •  Elizabeth Perkins  •  Rick Moranis  •  Rosie O'Donnell

Modern Stone Age family the Flintstones hit the big screen in this live-action version of the classic cartoon. Fred helps Barney adopt a child. Barney sees an opportunity to repay him when Slate Mining tests its employees to find a new executive. But no good deed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Levant
CAST:  John Goodman  •  Elizabeth Perkins  •  Rick Moranis  •  Rosie O'Donnell

The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

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A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Coen
CAST:  Tim Robbins  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Paul Newman  •  Charles Durning

A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Coen
CAST:  Tim Robbins  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Paul Newman  •  Charles Durning

The Quick and the Dead (1995)

A mysterious woman comes to compete in a quick-draw elimination tournament, in a town taken over by a notorious gunman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Sharon Stone  •  Gene Hackman  •  Russell Crowe  •  Leonardo DiCaprio

A mysterious woman comes to compete in a quick-draw elimination tournament, in a town taken over by a notorious gunman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Sharon Stone  •  Gene Hackman  •  Russell Crowe  •  Leonardo DiCaprio

Within the Woods (1978)

The low budget film starring the young Bruce Campbell that influenced the Evil Dead films.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Bruce Campbell  •  Ellen Sandweiss  •  Scott Spiegel  •  Mary Valenti

The low budget film starring the young Bruce Campbell that influenced the Evil Dead films.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Bruce Campbell  •  Ellen Sandweiss  •  Scott Spiegel  •  Mary Valenti

For Love of the Game (1999)

A baseball legend almost finished with his distinguished career at the age of forty has one last chance to prove who he is, what he is capable of, and win the heart of the woman he has loved for the past four years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Kevin Costner  •  Kelly Preston  •  John C. Reilly  •  Jena Malone

A baseball legend almost finished with his distinguished career at the age of forty has one last chance to prove who he is, what he is capable of, and win the heart of the woman he has loved for the past four years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Kevin Costner  •  Kelly Preston  •  John C. Reilly  •  Jena Malone

The Gift (2000)

Annie Wilson, young widow and mother of three, makes her living foretelling others' futures⁠—though her own has become cloudier than even she can see. Threatened by a client's violent husband and plagued by visions of a missing local woman, Annie finds herself ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Cate Blanchett  •  Giovanni Ribisi  •  Keanu Reeves  •  Katie Holmes

Annie Wilson, young widow and mother of three, makes her living foretelling others' futures⁠—though her own has become cloudier than even she can see. Threatened by a client's violent husband and plagued by visions of a missing local woman, Annie finds herself ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Cate Blanchett  •  Giovanni Ribisi  •  Keanu Reeves  •  Katie Holmes

Maniac Cop (1988)

In New York, people are slain and strangled to death brutally on the open street. All witnesses agree that the murderer was in a cop's uniform. Soon the police search and find a suspect in its own ranks: Jack Forrest, suspected of murdering his own wife and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Lustig
CAST:  Tom Atkins  •  Bruce Campbell  •  Richard Roundtree  •  Laurene Landon

In New York, people are slain and strangled to death brutally on the open street. All witnesses agree that the murderer was in a cop's uniform. Soon the police search and find a suspect in its own ranks: Jack Forrest, suspected of murdering his own wife and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Lustig
CAST:  Tom Atkins  •  Bruce Campbell  •  Richard Roundtree  •  Laurene Landon

Maniac Cop 2 (1990)

A supernatural maniac killer cop teams up with a Times Square serial killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Lustig
CAST:  Robert Z'Dar  •  Claudia Christian  •  Michael Lerner  •  Bruce Campbell

A supernatural maniac killer cop teams up with a Times Square serial killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Lustig
CAST:  Robert Z'Dar  •  Claudia Christian  •  Michael Lerner  •  Bruce Campbell

Innocent Blood (1992)

A beautiful vampire turns a crime lord into a creature of the night.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Landis
CAST:  Anne Parillaud  •  David Proval  •  Rocco Sisto  •  Chazz Palminteri

A beautiful vampire turns a crime lord into a creature of the night.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Landis
CAST:  Anne Parillaud  •  David Proval  •  Rocco Sisto  •  Chazz Palminteri

Crimewave (1985)

Fed up of his business partner, Ernest Trend hires the services of two exterminators. When things go drastically wrong and they murder the wrong man, the race is on to frame an innocent video surveillance man.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Louise Lasser  •  Brion James  •  Paul L. Smith  •  Sheree J. Wilson

Fed up of his business partner, Ernest Trend hires the services of two exterminators. When things go drastically wrong and they murder the wrong man, the race is on to frame an innocent video surveillance man.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Louise Lasser  •  Brion James  •  Paul L. Smith  •  Sheree J. Wilson
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