In 1990, Sam Raimi’s superhero horror movie, Darkman, opened in cinemas. The macabre comic book film, about a disfigured scientist who transforms into a vigilante, starred Liam Neeson and Frances McDormand.
When the movie opened in cinemas it proved popular and thanks to a successful run on home video Darkman became a cult hit, paving the way for sequels. But how many Darkman movies are there?
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The Darkman films in order
To date, there are three Darkman movies. The Darkman movies – which were produced between 1990 and 1996 – include:
- Darkman (1990)
- Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1995)
- Darkman III: Die Darkman Die (1996)
Are all of the Darkman movies part of the same series?
All three Darkman films are part of the same series. The initial movie was released theatrically, while the two sequels were released direct-to-video.
The films were released in chronological order and are collectively known as The Darkman Trilogy.
Who are the cast of the Darkman films?
The cast of the Darkman films differ across the course of the series, most notably in the lead actors.
Liam Neeson played the title role in Darkman, while Arnold Vosloo took over the part for the two sequels.
Other notable actors in the series include Frances McDormand, Larry Drake, Ted Raimi, Jeff Fahey, Renée O’Connor, and Bruce Campbell.
Is the Darkman film series the work of the same director?
The Darkman series is the work of two directors. Sam Raimi directed the theatrically released Darkman, while Bradford May directed the straight-to-video sequels, Darkman II and Darkman III.
With regards to Darkman, the film feels very much like a Sam Raimi picture, with many of his signature directing flourishes/stylistic choices incorporated into the movie. Being a super hero film, it also feels very much like a dark precursor to his Spider-Man movies of the ’00s.
What is the best Darkman film?
The initial entry in the Darkman movie series is generally considered to be the strongest film in the collection, but the sequels have their fans too.
According to IMDb the Darkman films are ranked as follows:
- Darkman (1990) – 6.4/10
- Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1995) – 5.1/10
- Darkman III: Die Darkman Die (1997) – 4.8/10
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