The Evil Dead (1982)
The story of how director Sam Raimi got his start in the filmmaking business is, understandably, well known amongst his own fan base, and is common knowledge even with the more casual fans. With less 400,000 dollars, himself, some friends and close colleagues, one of which was Bruce Campbell, who has been a consistent collaborator ever since even with regards to the Raimi films in which he has not starred, the upstart director headed down from Detroit to Tennessee to create what became known as The Evil Dead. Mixing classic horror tropes with some unexpected ingenuity, the film impressed many. Raimi's journey as a filmmaker experienced a tremendous upswing from that point onwards and things have never been the same.