The Gift (2000) – Sam Raimi

The Gift is definitely an underrated entry in Sam Raimi’s filmography. It lacks the frenetic energy in a number of his films but is completely engrossing in the way it unfolds. With a ceaselessly moving camera, Raimi tells a captivating ghost story that was written in part by Billy Bob Thornton, which was based in…

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) – Sam Raimi

Sam Raimi returns to the superhero genre and tinges it with his sense of horror with Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Benedict Cumberbatch returns as the titular Strange as well as multiple versions of the famed sorcerer as he confronts a danger that threatens the whole of the multiverse. Raimi brings his…

Drag Me to Hell (2009) – Sam Raimi

Sam Raimi returned to the horror genre in 2009 with the film Drag Me to Hell, the next title in the section on witches in DK Canada’s highly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book. Alison Lohman portrays Christine Brown, a loan officer at a bank in California. She’s in competition for the Assistant Manager’s position,…

Spider-Man 3 (2007) – Sam Raimi

  My web-slinging adventures continue with my screening of Spider-Man 3 for the Sc-Fi Chronicles, and this is a bit of a mixed bag, as instead of trusting to the director who brought them two very successful pictures, the studio wanted to shoehorn in a fan favorite character, Venom (Topher Grace) instead of letting Spidey…

Spider-Man 2 (2004) – Sam Raimi

  Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire) swings back into action with this, the second film directed by Sam Raimi about Marvel’s Web-Head. I’d previously covered the first one for the blog for a previous list, so I jumped right into the second one for the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Young Peter Parker is having a tough time, he…

Evil Dead (2013) – Fede Alvarez

  I decided to watch a couple of remakes this week, to see how they look, and how they stand up to the originals. We need to establish I’m a huge fan of the originals, I recognize they are full of faults, but there is also an undeniable charm to them, as Raimi and his…

Spider-Man (2002) – Sam Raimi

  The 101 Action Movies list brings yet another comic book hero to its fold with this fun adaptation of the Marvel comic by director Sam Raimi, perhaps best known until that point for his Evil Dead films (watch for Bruce Campbell’s cameo!). The Marvel Universe is brought to wonderful life in this film, Tobey…

Oz, The Great and Powerful (2013) – Sam Raimi

  I was hesitant about seeing Oz, The Great and Powerful. I wasn’t quite sure what they were going to do with it, and honestly, I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to go back to the land of Oz, I mean, there’s the original stories by L. Frank Baum, the classic ’39 film, there…

Dellamorte Dellamore (1994)

This one was just an odd, delightful, horror-comedy. To me it seemed like a combination or Sam Raimi and Guillermo del Toro, and made for a delightful addition to the 101 Horror Movies. Dellamorte Dellamore was simultaneously filmed in English and Italian by director Michele Soavi, and tells a wonderfully odd story, featuring necrophilia, reanimated boy scout corpses, dead…

Evil Dead II (1987)

  Bruce Campbell. It doesn’t get any better than him. He simply is awesome. So imagine my delight when the 101 Horror Movies led me to Evil Dead II! I love these movies, and honestly, anything with Bruce is worth the watch, because it’s Bruce, and watching his reactions, his exaggerated expressions, and some of…