The Crow


Release Date: 1994
Director: Alex Proyas
Running Time: 100 minutes
Cast: Brandon Lee, Ernie Hudson, Michael Wincott, David Patrick Kelly, Rochelle Davis, Angel David.
Comic Artist: James O'Barr
First Appearance: The Crow


James O'Barr's girl friend died when she was hit by a drunk driver in 1978: the 18 year old O'Barr enlisted in the US Army and it was while on service in Germany that he drew the first episodes of The Crow. So a gothic revenge fantasy was born out of his anger, frustration and personal sense of loss. Caliber Comics first published The Crow in 1989, and later it was taken up by Tundra Publishing. A collected edition was publised by Kitchen Sink Press in 1992.


Based on the graphic novel by James O'Barr, this fantasy follows Eric Draven (Brandon Lee), a rock musician who is murdered along with his fiancée Shelly (Sofia Shinas) by a group of marauding thugs who terrorize the decaying city in which they live. One year to the day after his death (which happens to be Devil's Night), a mystical crow appears at Eric's grave; Eric rises from the dead and, with the bird as his guide, goes on a mission to avenge himself against Top Dollar (Michael Wincott), the leader of the gang who killed him. Star Brandon Lee was killed while filming a scene in which he was shot with a shell from an improperly cleaned gun that was supposed to be loaded with blanks. Like his father, martial arts superstar Bruce Lee, Brandon was fated to enjoy his greatest popular success after his premature death.

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