Sam Raimi is one of the most significant horror filmmakers, he is best known for directing the Evil Dead series movies and Spider-Man films. Sam Raimi has an active career in directing, writing, producing and finally acting in a large number of film projects and TV programs among them as I have mentioned the Evil Dead, Spider - man, Darkman (superhero action genre), A Simple Plan (crime film), Drag Me to Hell (supernatural horror), Hercules (TV series), Legend of the Seeker (TV series), Spartacus: Blood and Sand (TV series) and his latest project is the production of the film “The Possession”.
Sam Raimi as child and student
Sam Raimi was born and grown in Michigan State (USA) he attended Groves High School and Michigan State University. As a child wanted to became filmmaker, he started by shooting short “super 8” films. During his studies at Michigan State University he has created the Association of Creative Film making and he met Robert Tapert and Bruce Campell.
Sam Raimi the beginning
Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert and Bruce Campell wanted to film a horror film to launch their film making career. The initial idea was the plot structure of “Evil Dead”. They had to secure financial resources to produce “Evil Dead”. Their idea was to produce a short horror film with similar plot elements and film making horror techniques and use it as a model for their finance raising campaign.
As result the first film of Sam Raimi is the film “Within the woods” (1978) a 32 minute short supernatural film. Within the woods is a one shot location film and the plot structure of the film is about a group of teenagers (university students) trapped somewhere in the countryside (woods) in an isolated place (cabin) and they are under the attack of an supernatural, deadly, unstoppable and evil force. In the case of “Within the woods” film, the reason for the demonic attack is the desecration of an Indian tube then an unexplained force transformed one of the young students into a zombie and he started killing the others.
“Within the woods” was produced to demonstrate and to present to possible investors the film making skills, ability and professional attitude of Sam Raimi and his team to produce a horror feature. The short film was shown to friends, family members and a network of investors. Finally Sam Raimi had risen $ 375,000 and then he directed and produced one of the best horror films ever the “Evil Dead” (1981). Evil Dead was one of the most successful commercially films and it became one of the most cult hits. Then he directed the Crimewave (1985) but it was not a success. Then Sam Raimi returned to already known area the horror genre by directing the “Evill Dead II”, which has beyond horror genre elements a strong slapstick humor.
You can see a part of the “Within the woods” film on youtube
to be continued
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