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.
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.
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.