You really do learn something new every day.
Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond, released in 1981, is home to some of the most gruesome carnage you’ll ever see. One of the standout scenes involves spiders literally tearing a dude apart, and I haven’t been able to scrub it from my brain since I first saw the movie well over a decade ago. But what I never realized, I must admit, is that Sam Raimi used a shot from that scene in Spider-Man!
Yes, Raimi lifted a shot from Fulci’s The Beyond for his first Spider-Man film, which is one of those crazy fun facts that I’m shocked I had never heard before. Raimi actually revealed this little tidbit on the film’s DVD commentary track, and one fan just took it upon himself to edit together the two scenes (along with Raimi’s insights playing over the clips) for a YouTube video.
Long story short, there was no money in the budget for a dream sequence that Raimi wanted to do, so he cobbled together footage from The Beyond and even Darkman to bring it to life.
Check out the video below. Props to Dreadit for the scoop!