The Top 9 Sam Raimi Films – Horror and Otherwise

The Top 9 Sam Raimi Films - Horror and OtherwiseFrom his modest start in that ramshackle cabin in the woods what must seem like a lifetime ago, Sam Raimi has become one of the more versatile and beloved directors in Hollywood. With Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of Darkman today, we bring you our Top 9 Sam Raimi Films – Horror and Otherwise.

We’re going to keep this list to films directed by Raimi. If we were to include the movies he’s acted in, or god forbid produced, we’d be here all night. But a few of his production credits like 30 Days of Night, both of The Grudge films, Boogeyman, The Possession, Timecop and of course the Evil Dead remake are noteworthy.

Some honorable directorial mentions include his most recent, Oz the Great and Powerful. It might not have been the epic it was billed to be, but it looked fantastic; and when you manage to haul in half a billion dollars at the box office worldwide, then you must be doing something right. Other notables are The Gift and, for you hardcore Raimi/Bruce Campbell fans, Crimewave.

Now on to our Top 9:

The Evil Dead (1981)
No sense in fooling around. We may as well start this list right off with the film that got the ball rolling for Sam Raimi, and that is, of course, The Evil Dead. More than a cult classic, The Evil Dead is a cornerstone of the horror genre. Launching the careers of Raimi and frequent collaborator Bruce Campbell (not to mention Joel Coen of the famous Coen Brothers, who was an editor on the film), The Evil Dead is the cabin in the woods film. The one that set the standard that is imitated to this day. As amusing as it is gruesome, what The Evil Dead lacked in budget, it more than made up for with personality. Seen as Raimi’s rite of passage film, The Evil Dead would go on to be so much more than just another horror flick. It spawned sequels and a remake and absolute legions of fans. If there was a Mount Rushmore of horror, The Evil Dead would be on it.

Drag Me To Hell (2005)
After doing a trio of Spider-Man movies, Raimi decided to return to his horrific roots with a dastardly film entitled Drag Me to Hell in 2005. And, even though it had been 17 years since Army of Darkness with only thrillers and no real horror movies in between, Raimi came back strong. It was hailed by audiences and critics alike, which was reflected at the box office. The movie brought in over $100 million on a $30 million budget. It also brought us one of the more memorable new horror characters in a long time. Not an oversized monster or blade-wielding psycho, not this time. The creepiest character in Drag Me to Hell was an elderly Hungarian woman named Sylvia Ganush (played marvelously by Lorna Raver), who just happened to have the ability to lay one helluva curse on you.

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    love me some Raimi The Evil Dead Trilogy & Darkman are true classics, was not blown away by Drag me to Hell but it wasn’t bad just not a classic for me.

  • aliensharkboy

    Well, I haven’t seen A Simple Plan or For The Love Of The Game, but I damn well intend to. As for the rest of the list? Fucking spot on man! Love each of these films dearly.

    • Gus Bjork

      Simple Plan is really good. But be prepared to be sad.

      It’s nice to see Crimewave at least get acknowledged. Was this the only time Raimi and the Coen brothers worked together?

      • frank_dracman

        Yes, A Simple Plan is really good. I’ve never seen (or have any interest in seeing) For The Love Of The Game. Costner sucks, I don’t like sports movies and Costner sucks.

        I still haven’t seen Crimewave. I might have to find it on the internet somewhere.

      • VincentPrice

        I believe one of the Coens, pretty sure it was Joel, was an editor on The Evil Dead.

      • Cinemascribe

        Raimi also co-wrote, served as second unit director on and even appeared in the Coen brothers’ The Hudsucker Proxy.

    • Scott Hallam

      Thanks dude! Most of the entries on the list were pretty much no brainers, but I like to keep the list on odd numbers so when I saw I had eight entries I could either take one off and go with a top seven, or add one and make it a top nine. I figured you guys wouldn’t kill me too hard if I slipped For Love of the Game on there. It is super sappy, but it’s a sports movie. Most of them are.

      And as mentioned by Gus Bjork, when you watch A Simple Plan (which is a painfully underrated and forgotten gem) be prepared to be sad. But damn it is good. One of those ‘just when you think things couldn’t get any worse…’ films. Enjoy, man!