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Director Sam Raimi was born Oct. 23, 1959, in Franklin, Mich., and attended Michigan State University. His ultracheap horror flick The Evil Dead (1983) became a cult sensation and launched his directing, producing and writing career.

Two successful Evil Dead sequels led to 1990's comics-inspired Darkman, a film that again displayed Raimi's skill at feverish camera work and tongue-in-cheek gore. He also began producing and writing for other directors, including co-writing the screenplay for the Coen brothers' The Hudsucker Proxy (1993).

By the late '90s, Raimi was producing the popular "Hercules" and "Xena" TV series and graduated from cultish films with the successful thriller A Simple Plan. For Love of the Game and The Gift followed, helping Raimi to secure the coveted director position for Spider-Man (2002). That film's enormous success led to an even bigger hit with Spider-Man 2 (2004).

Sam Raimi in The Gift

The Gift

2000 R

When the authorities find a drowned woman's body, a small-town psychic starts having visions of who committed the murder, which means she's the only one who can testify to what truly happened and that she could be the killer's next target.

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