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Sam Raimi vs Tim Burton - Which director do you prefer?

Old 12-23-23, 05:48 AM
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Sam Raimi vs Tim Burton - Which director do you prefer?

Sam Raimi's filmography;

The Evil Dead (1981)
Crimewave (1985)
Evil Dead II (1987)
Darkman (1990)
Army of Darkness (1993)
The Quick and the Dead (1995)
A Simple Plan (1998)
For Love of the Game (1999)
The Gift (2000)
Spider-Man (2002)
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
Doctor Strange And The Multiverse Of Madness (2022)


Tim Burton's filmography:

Big Fish (2003)
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985)
Beetlejuice (1988)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Ed Wood (1994)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Corpse Bride (2005)
Frankenweenie (2012)
Dumbo (2019)
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
Dark Shadows (2012)
Batman Returns (1992)
Mars Attacks (1996)
Batman (1989)
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Big Eyes (2014)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Both made a lot of interesting fantasy films..

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Re: Sam Raimi vs Tim Burton - Which director do you prefer?

While there are some Raimi movies I love (plus I even got to meet him), I had to lean towards Burton.
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Re: Sam Raimi vs Tim Burton - Which director do you prefer?

For me it's more or less the same, but A Simple Plan is the tie-breaker for Raimi. Both of them have 2 or 3 movies I like a lot. Batman 1+2, Sleepy Hollow, Mars Attacks, Big Fish for Burton and Spider-Man 1+2, The Gift, The Qick and The Dead for Raimi, but A Simple Plan is the only movie I really love.
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Re: Sam Raimi vs Tim Burton - Which director do you prefer?

Raimi. His films are more consistently enjoyable to me although Burton swings for the fences every time and sometimes really strikes out.
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Re: Sam Raimi vs Tim Burton - Which director do you prefer?

Originally Posted by Dark__
Tim Burton's filmography:

Big Fish (2003)
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985)
Beetlejuice (1988)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Ed Wood (1994)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Corpse Bride (2005)
Frankenweenie (2012)
Dumbo (2019)
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
Dark Shadows (2012)
Batman Returns (1992)
Mars Attacks (1996)
Batman (1989)
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Big Eyes (2014)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Before I answer anything, the OP is going to need to explain the organizing principle of this filmography.
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Old 12-23-23, 12:10 PM
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Re: Sam Raimi vs Tim Burton - Which director do you prefer?

From the lists I like more of Burton's films but I like the three Evil Dead films more than all of them so...
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Re: Sam Raimi vs Tim Burton - Which director do you prefer?

Not a huge fan of either. I respect Burtons visual eye but donít care for many of his movies. Raimiís films feel amateurish but they tend to be fun enough.
Old 12-23-23, 05:33 PM
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Re: Sam Raimi vs Tim Burton - Which director do you prefer?

I don't really like Tim Burton's sense of humor but I like Sam Raimi's. The Evil Dead movies are fun and he helped out on Xena. I've worked on several Sam Raimi projects as an extra and he's always right there, directing. I worked on Alice in Wonderland and it was a green screen nightmare with Tim Burton nowhere to be seen.
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Re: Sam Raimi vs Tim Burton - Which director do you prefer?

I like movies from both directors, I don't like/dislike either enough to prefer one over the other.
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Re: Sam Raimi vs Tim Burton - Which director do you prefer?

Burton as he was a bigger part of my childhood.

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Re: Sam Raimi vs Tim Burton - Which director do you prefer?

Burton has a bigger body of work that I enjoy.
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Re: Sam Raimi vs Tim Burton - Which director do you prefer?

Despite Pee Wee, the Batman films and Beetlejuice, Raimi did the Evil Dead trilogy and those are just so important. Gotta go with Sam.
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Re: Sam Raimi vs Tim Burton - Which director do you prefer?

I'll go with Burton. He's got far more great movies than Raimi in my opinion. Although a lot more duds also.
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Re: Sam Raimi vs Tim Burton - Which director do you prefer?

Tough one. I might say that Sam Raimi is a bit more consistent but I like Tim Burtonís classics more. Burton hasnít made a movie Iíve really liked in quite a while. Raimi has slowed down a bit but Iíve liked his last few films, including Oz the Great and Powerful which I know isnít necessarily popular.
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Re: Sam Raimi vs Tim Burton - Which director do you prefer?

I like them both but Raimi wins on Evil Dead/Army of Darkness.
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Re: Sam Raimi vs Tim Burton - Which director do you prefer?

Originally Posted by Mike86
Tough one. I might say that Sam Raimi is a bit more consistent but I like Tim Burtonís classics more. Burton hasnít made a movie Iíve really liked in quite a while. Raimi has slowed down a bit but Iíve liked his last few films, including Oz the Great and Powerful which I know isnít necessarily popular.
Oz the Great and Powerful seems like the converging point for both Burton and Raimi. Itís the film that either that either director could have made. Chances are probably about 50/50 that people would guess it was a Tim Burton movie rather than a Raimi movie.
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Re: Sam Raimi vs Tim Burton - Which director do you prefer?

Nightmare before Christmas is kinda a Burton film.
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Re: Sam Raimi vs Tim Burton - Which director do you prefer?

Tim Burton barely has any idea on how to tell a story, but he can make movies look and feel like nobody else.

Sam Raimi is more conventional but his eye for humor and horror in conjunction is near unparalleled.

Burton films I absolutely love:
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
Beetlejuice
Sleepy Hollow
Corpse Bride

Raimi films I absolutely love:
Evil Dead
Evil Dead II
Darkman
Spider-Man 2
Drag Me To Hell

Raimi wins this competition.
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Re: Sam Raimi vs Tim Burton - Which director do you prefer?

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Nightmare before Christmas is kinda a Burton film.
He didn't direct it which is the question here. Also according to people who were involved in the making he was barely around when the actual filming took place and was mainly involved in the pre production aspects and character designs.
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Re: Sam Raimi vs Tim Burton - Which director do you prefer?

Originally Posted by rocket1312
Before I answer anything, the OP is going to need to explain the organizing principle of this filmography.
Well I don't know… I just copy pasted the list.

As for the thread, I like both directors even though i'm not a huge fan of either.

I'll pick Raimi because of his Spider-Man films which were a big part of my childhood.
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Re: Sam Raimi vs Tim Burton - Which director do you prefer?

Burton's filmography is a bit longer than Raimi's, and while I have seen more Burton films I think it is really hard for me to pick one.

Of the 15 Raimi films listed I have seen 6, but to be fair, I am not a horror guy so at least 3 films on the list have not been seen by me (Evil Dead and AOD films).

Of the 19 Burton films listed I am confident enough in my memory to say I have seen 15 of his 19 films (quite a few in the theater). I knew I had seen a lot of Burton's filmography, but I am surprised that I have seen the vast majority of films on the list in this thread.

Out of 34 films total I have seen 21, so it is pretty fair to say I really enjoy the works of both directors.

I will definitely be eager to watch Burton's Beetlejuice 2 when it hits theaters.

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Re: Sam Raimi vs Tim Burton - Which director do you prefer?

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Well I don't knowÖ I just copy pasted the list.
It's going to haunt me for the rest of my days. It's like looking into the mind of a crazy person.

All that aside, I realized looking at the lists that while I have seen almost every Raimi film, I have only seen 5 of Burton's. I'm not a Raimi acolyte by any means (I can appreciate it for what it is, but the Evil Dead is so not my bag), but I think Spider-Man 2 is legitimately the best superhero movie of the 21st century. Burton I clearly don't like enough to even to see his movies, so Raimi it is.
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Re: Sam Raimi vs Tim Burton - Which director do you prefer?

Originally Posted by rocket1312
It's going to haunt me for the rest of my days. It's like looking into the mind of a crazy person.

All that aside, I realized looking at the lists that while I have seen almost every Raimi film, I have only seen 5 of Burton's. I'm not a Raimi acolyte by any means (I can appreciate it for what it is, but the Evil Dead is so not my bag), but I think Spider-Man 2 is legitimately the best superhero movie of the 21st century. Burton I clearly don't like enough to even to see his movies, so Raimi it is.
SM2 is one of my all time favorite comic book films, arguably top 5.

My favorite though is The Dark Knight, by a long shot.
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Re: Sam Raimi vs Tim Burton - Which director do you prefer?

I enjoy both directors but as already mentioned here, Sam Raimi gets my pick solely for The Evil Dead series.

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