By: Monika Bartyzel
Some B films are loved because they're just so bad, but some are loved because they're just so good -- a palpable talent resting beneath the haze of badness.
I'm not talking about the guys who spend years honing their technique and then head back to the world of B to make a flashy feature (Grindhouse), but those who are born out of that wonderfully bad wasteland -- the men and women who kickstart their career with blood, chills, and pulp, and then grow into high-buzz filmmakers and talent. Not everyone can start with a critical masterpiece, so what can be better than a little silly fun? It certainly beats a crappy first movie that no one wants to see.
Read on to learn of seven big Hollywood names who kicked off their careers with the wonder of B-movie filmmaking. These directors have talent, awards, and a healthy serving of critical success, but it all came out of began with our beloved B's. Maybe they knew how to start their careers, or maybe Roger Corman simply has the best eye for killer talent. Whatever the case, their first films didn't define their careers, and in fact, set them on their way to success.
Sam Raimi, The Evil Dead
After starting off with a few horror shorts, Sam Raimi made his indelible mark on cinema with The Evil Dead, introducing the world to the wonders of Bruce Campbell and producing one of the biggest cult horror franchises. Where Sayles existed behind the scenes, Raimi's notoriety came from his cult status, as he slowly tried to work his way towards mainstream success. Once he helmed A Simple Plan, nothing was the same and soon the guy behind Army of Darkness was the man who reintroduced us to Spider-Man.