7.0 Evil Dead (1983)
6.5 The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
6.8 A Simple Plan (1998)
6.0 The Gift (2000)
6.7 Drag Me to Hell (2009)
6.0 Spider-Man 2
5.6 For Love Of The Game
5.0 Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
4.5 Spider-Man 3
4.5 Oz the Great and Powerful
Sam Raimi (USA, 1954) debuted with
Evil Dead (1983), a horror movie, which would remain his best film.
Unfortunately its sequels Evil Dead II (1987) and
Army of Darkness (1992), more hilarious than scary,
were the exact opposite.
Darkman (1990) is a mediocre superhero movie.
A hospital receives the disfigured body of a man, probably one of the many homeless people sleeping under bridges. The surgeon explains to the students that the difficult operation performed to save his life may affect the patient's psychology. As they talk, the homeless man, tormented by the nightmare of the fire, breaks free. The tramp is the scientist, who miraculously survived. The scientist immediately goes home to the wreckage of his laboratory. He would be just a desperate homeless man if he did not discover that his old formula has an extraordinary power: he can make himself any mask, but of course they last only 99 minutes. He can thus begin his private revenge against the gangsters who "killed" him, mocking the underworld boss (a psychotic who collects fingers of his victims). And he can even reintroduce himself to the girl, wearing a mask of his old face. Each time, however, he has to rush home because after 99 minutes his head starts to break down.
In his new laboratory, the scientist can fabricate virtually any mask in minutes. The scientist enjoys fabricating a boss mask and carrying out a robbery in a store in order to incriminate the boss. The boss is arrested and the scientist goes in his place to collect a loot, but the boss is released on bail and arrives in time to be confronted by his doppelganger. The scientist has to escape because the head is coming undone, but the real boss finds his mask on the ground and realizes that someone has the power to impersonate others.
The scientist goes to an amusement park with the girl, but all it takes is one overbearing man to unleash his animalistic psyche. Then he has to flee because his face is falling apart. The girl, however, chases him to the laboratory and sees him so hideously disfigured.
Then the woman goes to the city official to explain that she can no longer see him, and she discovers the document that was stolen by the gangsters, and realizes that the city official has always been in agreement with the boss. The city official immediately warns the boss that the scientist is still alive and it is he who is pursuing him. The gangsters follow the wife to the scientist's hideout, kidnap the woman, and give the man a merciless hunt. The boss even pops up in a helicopter and the scientist is scrambled hanging from a cable until he hooks the cable to a truck and crashes the helicopter. The superman then plummets between the new skyscrapers, where the city official has taken the woman to kill her, and engages in another no-holds-barred fight, during which the wicked city official taunts him, and finally the superman kills everyone and saves the woman, jumping like Tarzan between the scaffolding. Then he escapes into thin air like Zorro.
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) is a screwball comedy scripted by Joel and Ethan Coen.
The Quick and the Dead (1995) is a revisionist western.
A Simple Plan (1998) is a film noir, followed by For Love of the Game (1999).
He flirted with horror again in The Gift (2000) and Drag Me to Hell (2009).
He wasted his talent in the superhero trilogy of Spider-Man (2002–2007), adapted from a famous comic strip.
Raimi returned to the horror genre with Drag Me to Hell (2009).
He also directed a children's movie, Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), a sort of prequel to the old children's classic The Wizard of Oz.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) was the sequel to Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange (2016), yet another movie based on superhero comic strips.