Sam Raimi is the latest director to return to his roots
By Brett Buckalew, Special to Metromix
This weekend, fans of director Sam Raimi’s early work—gruesome yet ghoulishly funny B-horror-movies like “Evil Dead” and “Army of Darkness”—can thrill to his latest, “Drag Me to Hell.” The throwback features the sick jolts and “Looney Tunes”-esque slapstick that distinguished Raimi’s first few stabs at moviemaking, without any of the bloat that threatened to drag his last big-budget superhero sequel, “Spider-Man 3,” straight to hell.
But Raimi’s not the first filmmaker to successfully return to his roots. Here’s a look back at other instances in which big-league directors rewardingly recaptured the creative essence of their early work.