FOR LOVE OF THE GAME
(Director) is known for his wildly-imaginative filmmaking style,
which encompasses highly-creative kinetic camera work, an offbeat
sense of humor and a Hitchcock-like ability to thrill.
He began directing Super-8 horror films as a very young teenager
and left college to form Renaissance Pictures with Rob Tapert
and their longtime friend, actor Bruce Campbell. Out of this association
came the trio's first feature film, The Evil Dead. Written
and directed by Raimi, produced by Tapert and starring Campbell,
this ultra-low-budget horror picture became an immediate cult
hit at the Cannes Film Festival. It also became a theatrical and
video phenomenon in Great Britain, mainland Europe and the Far
East, firmly establishing Raimi as a "wunderkind" director.
The Evil Dead was soon followed by the equally impressive
The Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn, which was made under the
auspices of the De Laurentiis Entertainment Group.
Raimi next proved his equal mastery over the mainstream fantasy-thriller
genre, writing and directing Darkman, starring Liam Neeson
and Frances McDormand. He directed and co-wrote Universal's Army
of Darkness, an outrageously comic sword-and-sorcery fantasy
starring Bruce Campbell; executive produced the feature films
Hard Target and Timecop, both starring Jean-Claude
Van Damme; executive produced and co-wrote the two-hour series
pilot of M.A.N.T.I.S.; co-wrote the feature film, The
Hudsucker Proxy starring Paul Newman, Tim Robbins and Jennifer
Jason Leigh; directed the high-action western, The Quick and
the Dead starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Sharon Stone, Russell
Crowe and Gene Hackman; and executive produced the CBS series
Most recently, Raimi directed the suspense thriller, A Simple
Plan, starring Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton and Bridget
Fonda, for which Thornton received an Oscar nomination as Best
Raimi is executive producer of the hit syndicated series, Hercules:
The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess with
Tapert, his production partner for more than 20 years. He and
Tapert are also the executive producers of Young Hercules,
the new half-hour action-adventure series.
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