Sam Raimi’s Non-Marvel, Non-‘Evil Dead’ Movies, Ranked Worst To Best
Sam Raimi had a wild and eclectic career in filmmaking, that’s for sure. He is perhaps best known for being the main creative mind behind two beloved trilogies, The Evil Dead Trilogy (1981-1992) and The Spider-Man Trilogy with Tobey Maguire (2002-2007). It’s hard to deny that these are some of the best films he has made. Of the six, Spiderman 3 it may be the only divisive one, but at the very least it became memorable, thanks to the memes it spawned. In all honesty, there are a few things that work for this.
With Raimi’s return to the world of Marvel in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessit’s worth looking back at the lesser known movies he’s done, the stuff that isn’t evil Dead or Spider Man Related. Digging deep into Raimi’s filmography leads to horror, fantasy, crime, comedy, another comic book movie (of sorts), a sports movie, and even a western.
8) “For the Love of the Game” (1999)
The closest thing to a dud in At Raimi’s film career, For the love of the game is a baseball film starring Kevin Costner and not to be confused with Best Baseball Movie Starring Kevin Costner. It follows Costner’s character as he deals with his career and love life and struggles over 40 causes for the two.
Some supporting performances from great actors like JK Simmons and John C. Reilly inject some life into the film, but for the most part it’s a drag. Sappy, predictable, and for some reason 137 minutes, it’s hard to recommend to anyone other than hardcore Kevin Costner fans or people who really like baseball movies.
7) ‘Oz the Great and the Mighty’ (2013)
A fairly detailed fantasy film that serves as a sort of prequel to The Wizard of Ozfocusing on a younger Oz as he enters the Land of Oz and establishes himself as the mythical figure he has become.
The best thing that can be said about Oz the Great and Mighty is that it feels like a Sam Raimi movie in spurts. There are a few brief shots and even a few short scenes that have that unique brand of energy and visual creativity that has made Raimi a beloved director. They are unfortunately rare, especially by the tiring third act, and unfortunately, James Franco and Mila Kunis turn in slightly disappointing performances in the lead roles.
6) ‘The Gift’ (2000)
Gift is odd. It has a cast full of actors that everyone knows (Cate Blanchett, Keanu Reeves, Katie Holmes, Greg Kinner, Hilary Swank, and JK Simmons, among others). It has an interesting premise about a psychic who becomes involved in solving a murder case in a small town in the southern United States. But despite all this, he has become more or less forgotten.
Maybe that’s because it looks like a neat thing on paper, but the execution feels a bit underwhelming. It’s certainly not bad, and the mix of light fantasy elements mixed with a detective mystery makes it something unique, but it ultimately doesn’t leave the impact you thought it would.
5) ‘Crimewave’ (1985)
Crime wave is a lot. His main problem might be that it’s too much. It’s a movie about a man on death row recounting the wild and bizarre events that led him there. It was co-authored by the Coen Brothers and should not be confused with another bizarre 1985 crime comedy titled Crime wave (with a space).
For a while, however, the fast-paced, ridiculous slapstick comedy and dark humor are a lot of fun. It might just speed up too much and feel too much of a note at a certain point to end up as a great movie overall. But anyone who loves the comedic moments and energy of Raimi’s movies like evil death 2 or army of darkness should find a decent number of things to enjoy in Crime wave.
4) “The Black Man” (1990)
Some behind-the-scenes drama behind dark man proves just as compelling as the movie itself, like how Raimi may have done it because he didn’t receive a Batman film to be made (despite the desperate desire to do so), or how it was repeatedly recut and re-edited before being finalized and published.
It’s a weird mix of an old-school horror movie and a dark comic book movie where by Liam Neeson The character survives the murder, only to develop superhuman strength alongside a deteriorating psyche and goes on a rampage for revenge on those who wronged him. But calling it a comic book movie isn’t entirely accurate, as Darkman’s character was an original creation. Still, it’s an interesting and compelling superhero oddity and feels unique over 30 years later.
3) “The Living and the Dead” (1995)
Dead or alive is a fun and quirky action/western film. It features an all-star cast including Sharon Stone, Hackman Gene, Russell Crowea young Leonardo DiCaprio, and a whole host of accomplished character actors. It centers on a town that holds a brutal quick-draw competition with multiple competitors and nearly as many deaths.
It’s worth keeping an eye out for the quirky humor found in most At Raimi’s work and the fun shootouts and the great cast playing entertaining characters. It’s messy and uneven at times, but many of its minor flaws are easy enough to ignore or just ignore in the moment.
2) “A Simple Plan” (1998)
A simple plan is probably by Sam Raimi most serious and pessimistic film. While it may lack its signature quirky humor, it’s still worth watching for its tense and gripping story about a trio of people who discover several million dollars in a crashed plane. It highlights his diversity as a filmmaker.
With its straightforward look at greed, deceit, and human weakness wrapped in a crime thriller story, it feels more like the serious films of the Coen brothers. It’s very underrated overall, and unlike some of Raimi’s other half-forgotten films, is well worth a watch for anyone who wants to see a different side of Sam Raimi.
1) “Drag Me to Hell” (2009)
Ultimately, Sam Raimi’s best film that isn’t included in one of his famous trilogies might be the one that most resembles one of them – in this case, The Evil Dead Trilogy. There are enough differences that it doesn’t look like any other evil Dead movie, but it’s a complete horror movie with a dark sense of humor and a supernatural curse ruining the life of its main character. Comparisons are inevitable.
It’s a very satisfying horror movie in its own right, though, and really pushes the boundaries of what a director can do in a PG-13 movie. It’s suitably crude and quite annoying while still being a lot of fun. It’s an essential Sam Raimi movie for anyone who’s been through all three evil Dead movies and finds himself craving more of Raimi’s unique brand of horror.
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