Despite being a horror vet, Sam Raimi reveals his favorite movie of his own is that of A Simple Plan rather than The Evil Dead franchise. Raimi got his start with the latter movies centered on a group of college friends coming under attack from demonic forces at a cabin in the woods. The years since have seen him venture into a variety of other genres, most notably that of the superhero world with Darkman, the Tobey Maguire-led Spider-Man trilogy and the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
In honor of the upcoming release of 65, on which he is a producer, Sam Raimi teamed up with Sony for an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit.
When asked by one fan, as seen above, which the filmmaker would consider to be the personal favorite of his own movies, Raimi didn’t point towards any of the films in hs beloved Evil Dead franchise, but rather that of the 1998 crime thriller A Simple Plan. The director went on to explain his particular love for the film largely stems from the performances of its central cast, whom he credits as being “great friends.”
Why A Simple Plan Was Big For Raimi
Based on Scott B. Smith’s novel of the same name, A Simple Plan starred Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton as two brothers who discover a crashed plane with over $4 million in cash in it and, along with the latter’s friend and the former’s wife, try to conceal the money. This ultimately leads to a dangerous game of lies and cat and mouse treachery putting their relationships, and lives, to the test.
Though an underperformer at the box office, A Simple Plan was big for Raimi when it came to critics, garnering the filmmaker’s highest reviews in over a decade since Evil Dead 2. Raimi, who was trying his hand at adaptations for the first time with the neo-noir thriller, wasn’t in a critical slump, per se, though his work on the Coen brothers’ The Hudsucker Proxy and the Western thriller The Quick and the Dead scored decisively mixed reviews from critics, having broken his streak of positive reception with Evil Dead 2, Darkman and Army of Darkness in the years prior.
A Simple Plan‘s modest success marked a promising sign for Sam Raimi‘s further venturing away from his horror genre roots, following it up shortly thereafter with the cult favorite supernatural thriller The Gift, which reunited him with Thornton as a writer. Moreover, the film assured audiences that, even as he explored other territory, he would still retain his unique directorial style when adapting other properties, an element widely praised through his Spider-Man trilogy. Audiences can celebrate A Simple Plan‘s forthcoming 25th anniversary with the movie streaming on Fubo now.
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