Producer, director and writer Sam Raimi is responsible for fantastic cult classics like the Evil Dead series and horror film Drag Me to Hell. But his work is not without its self-admitted mistakes — namely Spider-Man 3 — he said during a recent episode of Chris Hardwick's Nerdist podcast.
"I messed up plenty with the third Spider-Man, so people hated me for years," Raimi said. "They still hate me for it."
Spider-Man 3 currently holds a 63 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and features some very bad, no-good, awkward scenes. Over the course of the podcast, Raimi talks about how challenging the Spider-Man movies were, and what specifically went wrong in Spider-Man 3. Raimi said that though he tried to make the movie work, he just didn't believe in its characters.
"That can't be hidden from people who love Spider-Man," Raimi said. "If a director doesn't love something, it's wrong of them to make it. So many other people love it."
The director added that in retrospect, he would have been better served sticking to the characters and relationships of the series as it was, and less concerned with trying to top them. Although he "got a whole lifetime of learning" from Spider-Man 3, Raimi says he'd do things pretty differently, given the chance.
"I wouldn't make that movie," Raimi said. "And if I had a different story with characters that I cared about that I thought was engaging and true to the Spider-Man universe, yes. In a second. I love Spider-Man, so that was never the issue. Just that I made the wrong story the wrong way. And that's everything."
You can listen to the podcast over at the Nerdist to hear the full story, and enjoy one of our favorite terrible scenes below.