Discussion: What Does Sam Raimi Mean To Us?

For this Director’s Week, we decided to have a sort-of discussion in which we examine what Sam Raimi means to us.


Notable Films: The Evil Dead Trilogy

Sam Raimi has two trilogies under his belt, and while one may mean more to me than the other, I have similar feelings for both: the first in the series is great, the second is undoubtedly better, and the third… I like – it’s a fun time. While someone else may (and most writers here would) say that Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy is the one that matters more to them, The Evil Dead trilogy is the one for me.

The Evil Dead trilogy is one of my favourite trilogies. I can’t remember how I found out about the movies, or even the first time I watched any of them, but what I can clearly remember is bringing all three to my cousin’s cottage and watching them with some of my cousins. We saw all three on the first day. We then saw The Evil Dead (1981) about 4 times that week and Evil Dead II (1987) about 6.

These films work for me every single time. Last year, the final film I saw within the year was Evil Dead II. It was on New Year’s Eve on 35mm at about 7pm. The film print was dirty, grimy, and beautiful. It fit perfectly for the film I had always wanted to see on the big screen.

Notable Films: Evil Dead II Spider-Man 2

Spielberg may be the original film geek director, but Raimi is the one who brought that DIY aesthetic and attitude to genre filmmaking. Without Sam Raimi, there is no Quentin evil-dead-2-whos-laughing-nowTarantino or Edgar Wright. He is the most influential director to come out of the 80s, bar none. Raimi developed a whole new language for horror films and was perhaps the first to merge horrific gore with hilarious slapstick. Evil Dead II is the shining example, and is one of the greatest films of all-time, not to mention a one-time favourite of mine.

Evil Dead II was the film that sparked an early love of horror films, one that would eventually evolve to include a passion for all movies. However, it was Spider-Man 2, whether I knew it or not, that showed me that even the silliest of films can have true thematic resonance. These are two of the greatest flicks ever, let alone sequels, and had Raimi only ever made these two films, he’d still solidify his place in the canon of great directors.

Notable Films: Spider-Man Trilogy

Something you may not know about me is that I’m a Marvel fan (but who isn’t recently?). Something even cooler is that Sam Raimi is the director that sparked this love in me. I was spiderman2-bayridgeraised on George Clooney’s iconic, nippley Batman suit and the older Superman movies, but the moment I saw Spider-Man in 2002, I automatically fell in love. Raimi’s style of shooting was fun and colourful, the love story was grand, and I thought – wow, this Peter Parker guy is so cool – and that’s coming from a girl who is deeply scared of spiders. For that, I will always be grateful for Sam Raimi’s trilogy, although we won’t mention the quirky third movie featuring a very emo Tobey Maguire, we’ll nod and smile and that will be it. [Editor’s Note: Spider-Man 3 is a good movie. Seriously.]

Notable Films: Spider-Man Trilogy

To start this off, I have to be honest: out of all Raimi’s movies, I’ve only seen the Spider-Man trilogy. So, what I’m going to write about Mr. Sam Raimi will be based on those three films alone. Though they did have many flaws, the Spider-Man films have a special place in my heart. Just imagine a 7-8 year old kid watching the web slinger on the big screen for the first time. My eyes were glued on the superhero swinging from building to building and defending those who needed help. The Peter Parker character was such a relatable person who made me believe that one day I too could help make a difference. These three films set a standard for superhero trilogies and are looked upon as inspirations. Because of that, I thank Sam Raimi for his vision of Spider-Man and superhero films in general.


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