Sam Raimi

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Sam Raimi

Samuel Marshall "Sam" Raimi (born October 23, 1959 in a Jewish family) is an American film director, producer, and writer. He is best known for directing the films The Evil Dead and Spider-Man.

Raimi was born in Franklin, Michigan. He is an alumnus of Michigan State University.

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Film

He came to the attention of horror movie fans as the director and producer of the cult horror/slapstick Evil Dead movies (The Evil Dead (1981), Evil Dead II (1987), and Army of Darkness (1993) starring Bruce Campbell. This type of film was later dubbed "splatstick" by Campbell.

In the 1990s Raimi moved into other genres, directing such films as A Simple Plan (1998) (starring Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton) and For Love of the Game (1999) (starring Kevin Costner).

Raimi achieved great commercial success with the blockbuster Spider-Man (2002), which was adapted from the comic book series of the same name. The movie has grossed over $800 million USD worldwide, and has spawned sequels.

Television

In addition to film, Raimi has worked in television, producing such series as Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and Jack of All Trades.

Trademarks

In his film and television projects, Sam Raimi's brother Ted Raimi and his friend Bruce Campbell often appear in on-screen roles, though these appearances are often just short cameos. He has included a 1973 yellow Oldsmobile Delta 88 automobile (nicknamed "The Classic") in most of his films.

Other director trademarks include: a distinctive type of camera shot where the camera follows a moving object such as an arrow at high speeds in first person or side view; dolly zooms; and choppy montage-style sequences to cover a lengthy set of actions in a short space of time.

Raimi often borrows scenes and ideas from Hong Kong films, especially A Chinese Ghost Story for use in at least one of the Evil Dead movies and in some episodes of Xena.

References

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External links

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