DARKMAN Trilogy – Tapert-Raimi Connection
A hideously scarred and mentally unstable scientist seeks revenge against the crooks who made him like that.
The first Darkman is a 1990 movie written and directed by Sam Raimi. Unable to secure the rights to either The Shadow or Batman, Sam Raimi decided to create his own superhero. The movie was produced by Robert G.Tapert, who had work with the Raimi brothers (Ivan, Sam and Ted), Bruce Campbell and Scott Spiegel since the mid-seventies.
Darkman starred Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels, Larry Drake, with cameos by Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi, Scott Spiegel and John Landis. The original score was composed by Danny Elfman.
DARKMAN 2 THE RETURN OF DURANT
Darkman and Durant return and they hate each other as much as ever. This time, Durant has plans to take over the city’s drug trade using high-tech weaponry. Darkman must step in and try to stop Durant once and for all.
The second Darkman (1995) is a direct-to-video movie, also produced by Renaissance Pictures (Raimi/Tapert/Campbell). The movie was directed by Bradford May and stars Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy), Kim Delaney, Larry Drake and a certain Renée O’Connor (Gabrielle in Rob Tapert’s Hercules and Xena).
DARKMAN 3 DIE DARKMAN DIE
Darkman, needing money to continue his experiments on synthetic skin, steals a crate of cash from drug lord Peter Rooker, attracting the gangster’s attention.
In 1996, Renaissance Pictures produced a third (and last) Darkman direct-to-video movie, also directed by Bradford May. Jeff Fahey (Lost) played the bad guy. The movie starred Arnold Vosloo as Darkman again, Darlanne Fluegel (Lock Up with Stallone, Running Scared), Roxann Dawson (B’Elanna Torres on Star Trek Voyager) and Nigel Bennett (fans of Lexx, do you remember the Prince ?)
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