A Guide to Sam Raimi’s Twins, Doubles, and Doppelgänger

Every Hollywood director has a trope they're best known for. Whether or it be Guillermo del Toro's love for the macabre or Paul Thomas Anderson's recurring trend of abusive parents—everyone has something that works its way into each of their films. 

Sam Raimi has an interesting trend that shows up in a significant number of his projects. 

If you’re interested in going to school on the filmmaker’s fascination with doubling, the list below is for you. 

It’s Murder!

Raimi’s first feature, It’s Murder!, is perhaps more accurately called a student film. Shot in black and white for the cost of what gets a family of four dinner at a family restaurant these days, it is no great revelation. 

Evil Dead II

While It’s Murder! might be Raimi’s first attempt at a doubled character, the oldest one most will recognize comes from this gonzo horror cult classic. 


Darkman tells the tale of Dr. Peyton Westlake (Liam Neeson), a scientist on the edge of a massive scientific breakthrough, creating synthetic skin to help those with burns, scars, and other physical trauma.