After years bereft of decent YouTube content of Sam Raimi that goes beyond sound bites into what I really want which are hours of hearty in-depth interviews to geek out on, it finally occurred to me to search podcast archives with the idea that this format allows for longer conversations and perhaps, for Raimi, more comfort because it’s audio-only.
I found two. They are both fantastic, and between them, they arguably contain more Raimi time than all of YouTube combined.
Here’s one: Sam Raimi on Happy Sad Confused #83.
Filmmaker Sam Raimi is a true geek God. Decades later after the original Evil Dead, he has returned to the franchise with the new Starz TV series Ash vs. Evil Dead. Sam chats with Josh about all things Evil Dead from the very early beginnings to the brand new chapter in the series.
Highlights (you have to HEAR them; it’s all in the delivery; just trust me and do it):
16:30: “Your protagonists tend to suffer a great deal… I guess that’s good drama though, in a way.”
“I think it’s more my recognition of a sickness the audience has that I am simply trying to cure.”
31:49: “What do you think your best performance in film has been… I have a fondness for Hudsucker Proxy which I know you co-wrote, and you appear, you’re one of the two kind of idea men.”
(Quoting the film.) “‘An idea man. I like the whole idea of the idea man idea.'”
42:00: His whole story of getting the Spider-man gig is precious.