Sam Raimi was on the Nerdist podcast this week, and other than revealing himself to be the fucking coolest guy on the planet, he spoke at length about his work behind the Evil Dead movies (he didn’t even like horror movies when he began his career, but made Evil Dead because it’s something they could do on a meager budget), the Starz Evil Dead series, and his other projects.
As usual in these kind of interviews, hearing about the failures is often the most interesting parts, and he had a lot to say about them, especially Spider-Man 3.
We made a terrible movie that was butchered by the studios called Crimewave. They wouldn’t let me star Bruce Campbell a couple weeks before it started to shoot. They changed the music and they re-edited the whole thing. It was really unpleasant … right after we were finished shooting, in the midst of editing it, they took the picture away from me. They wouldn’t let me edit the picture. They hired their own editor. It’s too unpleasant to talk about.
On the other hand, because of Crimewave, Sam Raimi decided that he wanted to make a movie where he had complete control, so he was able to convince Dino De Laurentiis to finance Evil Dead 2. It was because of Crimewave and because “no one else wanted us to make a movie for them after that” that Evil Dead 2 was borne.
On Spider-Man 3
It’s a movie that just didn’t work very well. I tried to make it work, but I didn’t really believe in all the characters, so that couldn’t be hidden from people who loved Spider-Man. If the director doesn’t love something, it’s wrong of them to make it when so many other people love it. I think [raising the stakes after Spider-Man 2] was the thinking going into it, and I think that’s what doomed us. I should’ve just stuck with the characters and the relationships and progressed them to the next step and not tried to top the bar …
Rami: [But] directors don’t like to talk about their bad films.
Hardwick: I don’t think that ‘bad’ is the right word.
Asked if he could do it over again, Raimi added he’d love to, but “I wouldn’t’ make that movie.”
On Oz: The Great and Powerful:
Matt Mira: “I think you pulled that off really well.”
Raimi: *mumbles something under his breath*
Matt: You don’t think so?
Raimi: (dismissively) “I did the best I could.”