The Crow (1994)
Director: Alex Proyas
Producer: Jeff Most, Edward R. Pressman, et. al.
Writer: David J. Schow, John Shirley
Date Released: May 13, 1994
Brandon Lee as Eric Draven
Rochelle Davis as Sarah
Ernie Hudson as Sgt. Albrecht
Michael Wincott as Top Dollar
Bai Ling as Myca
Sofia Shinas as Shelly Webster
Anna Levine as Darla
David Patrick Kelly as T-Bird
Rating = 5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Eric Draven and his fiancée, Shelly Webster are about to get married when they are murdered by a gang of men on Devil’s Night, the day before Halloween. One year later, a crow appears on top of Eric’s Grave where Eric is resurrected and guided by the crow to seek revenge upon the men who end his and his fiancé’s life.
There are various scenes which are more conceptually disturbing rather than outright gory. However, some scenes do have depictions of blood and gore but are mild in nature.
The Grave Review
There is nothing more iconic than the appearance of Eric Draven (played by Brandon Lee). Since it’s release more than twenty years ago, The Crow (1994) has commanded a huge cult following. Many consider this film to be one of the cursed films as Brandon Lee was accidentally shot with what was supposed to be a deactivated cartridge from a live ammunition bullet. Sources indicate that these carriages create the appearance of more realistic effects but some of the live ammunition components were not properly deactivated. As a result, this caused the round to discharge and critically wounded Brandon Lee. However, a majority of the film was already filmed at the time of the incident. One could say, the Lee family, as talented as they are, have a dark cloud above them, given the turn of events for both Bruce and Brandon Lee but I digress.
In respect to the film itself, the costume and makeup design in combination with the dark gothic environments was nothing short of a horror fan’s dream. Of course, the overall theme and topic of the film is very morbid, but the film can be seen as something more than a revenge flick.
Of all the scenes, there is nothing more touching than when Eric takes Sarah’s Mother’s arm (Darla) and releases all the morphine from her body. It resembles the idea of a fresh new start even during dark times. There are many iconic scenes that feel good despite the fact that the film portrays society at its worst. That may be one reason why so many people love this film.
Every actor and actress were respectable in their roles. Some notable performances were of course, from Brandon Lee who played Eric Draven and Michael Wincott who played Top Dollar. Although, the remainder of the cast also deserves praise for their performance.
This film will also be a classic to any horror fan. Even if you are not a horror fan, there is a bitter sweetness to this film that is very drawing.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives The Crow (1994) five out of five graves.
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