A year after he was brutally slaughtered by a killer gang, a musician rises from the dead aided by a Crow to wreak vengeance!
I was in love with this movie for years and years, it still holds the record for the movie I saw most in theaters. Brandon Lee, son of the huge star Bruce Lee, died during the making of this movie too, it was a terrible tragedy. Plenty of other stars in the movie too – Ernie Hudson of Ghostbusters fame, Michael Wincott of the amazing voice and acting talent,
Laurence Mason of Hackers, Tony Todd, even Bai Ling. The entire movie is full of graveyards and crows and stark imagery, backed by a soundtrack that rocks the world, like The Cure and Nine Inch Nails.
The movie starts off with the death of Shelley and Eric Draven, the day before Halloween now known as Devil’s Night in the inner city, due to the fires it provokes. Shelley gets beaten and raped and dies on the way to the hospital. And poor Eric takes a “six story swan dive out of a window”, with some help from T-Bird and his gang. So they die and get buried, and dear street kid Sarah is left to fend for herself. A year to the day later, Eric rises from the dead (still perfectly preserved mind you) with the aid of a Crow, and sets about wreaking vengeance and havoc on everyone who was involved in his and Shelley’s murders! Gideon and his pawnshop get a thorough trouncing, and for some reason I never quite understood, the showdown scene in Top Dollar’s lair, where Eric takes a hail of bullets, is referred to as the “Moby Dick scene”. Eric decorates Tin-Tin with his own blades, leaving a bloody Crow on the wall as a calling card. T-Bird gets strapped to his T-Bird as it explodes, and even Skank gets tossed out a window…eventually. For some reason, Funboy got a kind of mercy, being forced to do all his morphine all at once. And of course in the process Eric scares straight Sarah’s wayward mother. When the final showdown comes between Eric and Top Dollar, his manner of death made me want to cheer, it’s very appropriate.
Now I know, there are plenty of movies that deal with returning from the dead to avenge yourself and a loved one. This one, whether it be because of Producer Alex Proyas, dear heart Brandon Lee’s incomparable acting
skillz, or a fine story cast and crew; I don’t know and it doesn’t matter. The Crow, the first one at least, I won’t touch the sequels, is always and forever still my favorite dark love story and Halloween movie ever.