8. 'The Evil Dead (1981)'
Long before he made an unimaginable fortune as the director of the first Spider-Man trilogy, Sam Raimi was a college student at Michigan State obsessed with the idea of making a horror movie. After making a small name for himself with a few short films, he dropped out of school to shoot his long-awaited masterpiece, The Evil Dead. It was nothing like the cheesy mainstream horror flicks of the era, and it actually found a huge audience despite its micro-budget. The flick spawned an Evil Dead franchise and eventually made Raimi a major Hollywood player.