Hot off the success of Evil Dead II, Sam Raimi directed one of the weirdest films in superhero history. Based on Raimi's own idea, Darkman plays out like a 20th-century Phantom of the Opera, with a masked man lurking in the darkness, murdering his enemies, and losing his mind.
His name is Peyton Westlake (Liam Neeson), and he's a scientist looking for revenge against the crooks that turned him into a deformed monster. Seriously, this guy makes Two-Face look like Aaron Eckhart, but unlike Harvey Dent, Westlake has created a synthetic skin that can be fashioned into a human face. Unfortunately, it only lasts 99 minutes when it's exposed to daylight (so you can guess where he likes to hang out). Still, that's more than enough time for Westlake to impersonate his enemies and pick them off one by one. It also helps that he can't feel pain, has super strength, and gets angrier than the Hulk.
Of course, his powers can't stop his archenemy (Louis Strack Jr.) from kidnapping Westlake's girlfriend, Julie (Frances McDormand), and taking her to the top of an unfinished skyscraper. But despite taking a nasty shot from a rivet gun, Westlake kills the bad guy in cold blood and frees his lady fair. However, there's no happy ending in sight for our disfigured hero. Even if he could get his synthetic skin to work in the sunlight, he'd still be a monster inside.
Knowing there's no future with Julie, Westlake puts on a new mask and slips into the crowd, disguising himself as Bruce Campbell. ("The Chin" was working on the sound for the movie, even providing some ADR work for Neeson's character, so naturally he got a cameo.) Frantic, Julie desperately searches the street, but with his new face, Westlake slips into the crowd, giving us as a downbeat monologue that Tobey Maguire would borrow from in Raimi's next superhero film. "I'm everyone and no one," Westlake says. "Everywhere, nowhere. Call me…Darkman."