‘The Possession,’ ‘Evil Dead’ and More: Director Sam Raimi’s Top 5 Horror Movies (VIDEOS)
Whether he’s acting as producer or sitting in the director’s seat, the 52-year-old has a proven track record of getting fans on the edge of their seats with his savage, yet darkly humorous, horror films.
Though he’s dabbled in major blockbusters like the Spider-Man trilogy, Raimi time and time again has returned to the horror genre. And with The Possession — which he produced — out August 31, it’s certain that he’s out for a few more screams.
To celebrate the highly anticipated film’s release, Celebuzz is counting down Raimi’s most notable horror flicks.
5. The Possession (2012)
Based on the famous Jewish folklore of the Dybbuk box, the film follows a young girl who becomes possessed after purchasing the haunted artifact at a yard sale.
The owner of the real Dybbuk box actually offered to send it to Raimi, but the producer quickly declined, saying, “I didn’t want anything to do with it. I’m scared of the thing.”
Hey, if it can scare Raimi, it’ll definitely have moviegoers shaking in terror.
4. Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Written by Raimi and his brother Ivan, Drag Me to Hell boasts everything a horror fan can every dream of: massacres, lots of blood, and a horrible curse that terrorizes and destroys everything in its path.
3. Army of Darkness (1992)
Time travels, guns, and the walking dead? Nope, it’s not the Sunday lineup on AMC or Syfy. Army of Darkness is the third installment of Raimi’s famous Evil Dead series. After hero Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) gets sucked into a time portal, he’s transported back to the Medieval times. While trying to get home, he accidentally wakes up an army of the dead instead. If that’s not enough to get you watching, it’s actually pretty funny too.
2. Evil Dead II (1987)
Raimi’s Evil Dead series undoubtedly made an impact on pop culture. Think Rose McGowan’s machine gun peg leg was pretty awesome in Planet Terror? Well, Raimi did it first with a chainsaw hand.
1. The Evil Dead (1981)
Like many cheesy horror films, The Evil Dead starts off with a group of unsuspecting teens who head to the woods for a vacation, oblivious to the dangers that await. However, Raimi’s humorous approach to the material makes it stand out from the rest. Thirty years after its initial release, Evil Dead still holds a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.