Sometimes, when you’ve ridden the highest heights long enough, it’s best to take a break and get back to basics. Sam Raimi, one of the most beloved filmmakers of the last 40 years.The man has been at the helm in some of the biggest projects Hollywood has to offer spiderman trilogy, Oz the great and powerfuland recent doctor strange Although sequels, looking at his filmography as a whole, his low-budget films tend to have higher hit records. Not necessarily in a box office sense, but in a quality sense. Less stuff always shines, and you need to be more creative with the means you’re given rather than relying on huge budgets from studios. spiderman 3, OzWhen crazy multiverseIt was time for Raimi to cut the budget, regain control of the production, and return to directing low-budget horror films.
Guy Has Always Had It
In the late 1970s, when Sam Raimi and his high school friends began making Super 8 short films Bruce Campbell When Scott Spiegelhe had already demonstrated the promise of a filmmaker who could do a lot with very little. Murder!in a short that got most of its jokes from physical gags and dangerous stunts, every hurdle was overcome with mere pennies. I practiced horror chops in shorts. clockwork When in the forestmaking the most of his consumer camera and minimal resources. in the forest In particular, it was described as a prototype by a Michigan-based team evil dead, was made to attract investors to raise money and eventually produce the first horror film.For Raimi fans who haven’t seen the original Super 8 short evil dead The movie, so much of Raimi’s style is already intact here, and it’s amazing how much he can do with so little.
When Raimi transitioned into a professional filmmaking career in the ’80s and ’90s, he also transitioned into his most creative period.be that evil dead The trilogy was funded entirely independently. Raimi’s funding was directed towards the tech equipment that gets the job done, but mostly towards monster making. It’s a movie that relies on These days, we’re used to seeing Sam Raimi restricted to shooting movies in-house style. Oz Or in typical Marvel Cinematic Universe style strangeBack when things were going their way, Raimi threw the camera, zoomed, smashed, and threw the camera in more ways than you can imagine. He helped spearhead a generation of independent filmmakers who have had such an enormous impact on creativity that a lack of budget is hardly an issue. This shows that the more money behind your film, the more funders will try to appeal it to a conventional and mass audience.
Raimi’s studio fare pre-spiderman It also helps show that you are an incredibly talented filmmaker without a big budget.When Darkman When the quick and the dead, Raimi explored non-horror genre filmmaking, but these films are not without thrills. Both include the engaging action sets and consistently inventive filmmaking that he promised in the ’80s.in his thriller simple plan When gift, Raimi builds as much tension as a horror movie. I may not have done so with chainsaws and monsters running through the woods, but I knew better than ever how to direct drama, work with actors, and create a slow-burning sense of terror.
into blockbuster territory
Entering the 2000s, Raimi became almost exclusively a big-budget studio filmmaker.of spiderman The trilogy is absolutely fantastic. In his first two films, Raimi’s creative action filmmaking sensibilities and his overlooked knack for drama felt like the perfect blend. spiderman 3 An incredibly underrated and terriblely received film, but compared to today’s bland and lifeless franchise entertainment, Alejandro Jodorowsky A movie in that it has a unique voice behind the scenes.Enough has been said about his lifelessness Oz When doctor strange Movies, but they’re just lackluster when it comes to what we know Raimi can do. Oz prop Tim Burtonof alice in wonderland Also strange For the rest of the MCU, his films are like breathing air for the first time. is here!
he still got it
while spiderman 3 When Oz the great and powerfulRaimi apparently wanted to prove to himself and his fans that he still had the guts to make a great horror movie, and that he did just that with the 2009 film. Drag Me To HellWith a budget of $30 million, this movie feels like a throwback to the Sam Raimi of the ’80s and ’90s. It shows that he still has plenty of ability to create terrifying horror set pieces captured by a frenzied camera that only he has eyes on. Ash vs Evil Dead The pilot for the series he directed, a TV episode with more visual flair than most you’ll see in the media. more than 20 years later Legion of Darknessthe pilot for the series shows that even on a TV budget, Sam still has what it takes to make one sleazy horror.
When not directing his own films, Raimi has spent the past few decades making low-budget horror films for young filmmakers, primarily through his company Ghost House Pictures. Almost every project he chooses to work on has turned in big profits and garnered large audiences. He just so happens that he doesn’t direct these movies himself.When Drag Me To Hell, Ash vs Evil Deadand in the various films he has produced, Raimi has proven that he knows what audiences want in fear and how to deliver the goods to the fullest.
it’s time to get back to basics
unless we’re talking spiderman 4, our boy needs to wear a blockbuster filmmaker hat. It’s not that he can’t make good blockbusters. Raimi was given plenty of room. spiderman 1 When 2, And he made arguably two of the greatest superhero movies of all time. Each time he comes back to helm one of the films, he seems to burn out and go back to producing only other people’s work, with longer and longer waits between films. Fans know what kind of horror and fun filmmaking this guy can still do on a low budget, and he’s made it clear many times since 2009, but for some reason, he’s embarrassed. We keep going back to these studios that seem to be making Sam Raimi movies. It’s a shame to see them continue to be gutted and burned out.
in recent movies like savage When hut in the woods Clearly made in Raimi’s image and garnering a fantastic audience response, it’s clear that the original maestro’s brand of horror craving is still there, and all that’s missing is his particular stamp. Yes. Things have been pretty great in this recent horror renaissance, but they could be better. Spicy. More fun! It’s time that guy picked up his chainsaw, cut his budget, got together in small teams again, and started delivering goods with buckets full. to the world.