Sam Raimi

Sam Raimi


10/23/1959, Franklin, Michigan, USA

Birth Name

Samuel Marshal Raimi



Also Known As

R.O.C. Sandstorm, The Master Cylinder, Celia Abrams, Alan Smithee Jr., Roc Sandstorm
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Sam Raimi, creator of the groundbreaking television show Xena: Warrior Princess, continues to enjoy success as a director, producer and writer. Born October 23, 1959 in Royal Oak Michigan, Raimi became interested in film making at a very young age. In college he co-produced the film, Within the…more


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    • Sam Raimi: Audiences really don't go see a lot of movies - except in L.A. and New York I think, and maybe one or two other cities, maybe Chicago - where there are foreign-born, foreign-speaking actors. That's just the culture we are.

    • Sam Raimi: I love the Spider-Man character. And that's what's at the heart of it. That's why I really love it. But there's another fun thing that I never had before where you make your movie and a lot of people see it and they seem to like it. So it's like oh my god, I've always been the nerd, lame ass guy on the side, but I made something that a lot of people like. I know that won't last for long, and I'm obviously riding the Spider-Man thing. He's a popular character for 40 years. So anyone who makes a Spider-Man movie gets to make a popular movie. But it's fun to be popular, even if it's a brief, lame thing, and even though I know it's not important. I can't help it. It's really fun and I know how quickly things turn in Hollywood.

    • Sam Raimi: And it was great making movies in college because if you made the right movie you'd get this cigar box full of $5 and $1 bills, you'd have like 500 bucks after a weekend. And it was like oh my god, we're rich! We've got to make another picture. But if the movie bombed, you spent a lot of money on the movie, on the ads at the State news, renting the theater, lugging these heavy speakers, the projector bulbs, [and] it was a washout, you realize this movie is not making money. I'm broke. I've got to make the movie that they want to see. So it was a great learning experience.

    • Sam Raimi: And I do think there's a new crop of American filmmakers coming. And they're in high school right now. They're in Mrs. Dawson's English class! They've got new tools, they've got computers and the video cameras, which are the equivalent of our super-8mm training ground. It's even better because they can shoot for free. We had to gather up like four bucks, five bucks to buy a roll of film, another three bucks to process it, and that was a very limiting [thing], in high school you've gotta rake leaves for three hours to shoot a roll of film! So these new filmmakers have these advanced editing tools with the incredible manipulation of imagery available on a standard computer.

    • Sam Raimi: I think if people love the source material, and that's really whey they're making the movie, then that's a natural outcome. That the things we all love, and work with the creators of the movie to save the things that were so effective. I think it's situations where people don't love the material, they just say, oh that was a big hit, it could be a big hit here. It's just generalizing. Things got lost if you don't understand why people like a thing. When you love something, it's easy to say, 'That's my son, cut out his heart? No, he needs the heart.' It's harder when you don't love the thing yourself.

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    Sam Raimi does alot of impressive work for all of the movies he has created. Everyone should know him as a talented director. One of the best movies he has done was the Spider-Man trilogy/film franchise, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, and Spider-Man 3. It was also very impressive for how he came up with the action for the Spider-Man franchise. You should know about him.
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    Sam Raimi has had an impressive career. He'll be best remembered for his Spider-man films, of course. Spider-man 1 and 2 were top notch summer action movies. Sadly, Spider-man 3 became simply a spectacle as the story collapsed in on itself.

    Beyond the Spider-man series, Raimi was also very influential with his Evil Dead series. These cult hit movies have shown surprising legs. Very creative and engaging.

    Hopefully he has another decade or two of quality movies in him. A very good director.moreless