If someone were to tell you that the original Spider-Man trilogy was linked to The Evil Dead films you probably wouldn't believe them... except Sam Raimi did just that. Before he was the director of Spider-Man, Sam Raimi was known as the twisted mind behind The Evil Dead franchise and he loves to remind you of that. (He also directed another twisted superhero film).
Did you catch All The Evil Dead referneces hidden in The Spider-Man movies?
Danny Hicks made his first film appearance in Evil Dead II as 'Jake'. If you watch closely you can find him amongst the subway passengers in Spider-Man 2 during the 'Doctor Octopus' battle sequence.80Great reference?
The evil "alter ego" is a frequent theme in the Evil Dead films, specifically with 'Ash' as the forces of evil try to lure him to the darkness. The scene of 'Norman Osborn' speaking to his 'evil' self in the mirror mimics the Evil Dead II when Ash is mocked by his mirror doppelgänger.80Great reference?
Sam Raimi's older brother Ted Raimi, known for playing 'Hoffman' in the Spider-Man trilogy, has been secretly part of the Evil Dead franchise all along the way. He played background roles in all three Evil Dead films but is most known for playing the deadite 'Henrietta' in Evil Dead II. He later officially joined the universe as "Chet Kaminski" in Ash Vs Evil Dead where he also reprised his role as Henrietta.81Great reference?
- Photo: Spider-Man 2 / Sony Pictures Releasing / Evil Dead II (behind the scenes) / Rosebud Releasing Corporation
The man who tries to steal a pizza slice from Peter in Spider-Man 2 is actually director Scott Spiegel who co-wrote Evil Dead II with Sam Raimi. He also made a cameo as 'Marine Cop' in the first Spider-Man film and played a 'deadite' in The Evil Dead.70Great reference?