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Brandon Lee, shirtless, spreads his arms wide in The Crow

Dundead: The Crow (30th Anniversary)

Duration: 1h42m
Dates: Thu 6 Jun 2024 20:30

Some films are inextricably tied to the times in which they were made, and 1994’s The Crow is one of them. If there was a Mount Rushmore of Gen X goth culture, The Crow would be pride of place. 

Based on an underground comic by James O’Barr, it is a pulpy, stylish revenge film, shaded by a real-life tragedy which fuelled its cult status; star Brandon Lee famously died in an on-set accident during production of the film. 

The film tells the story of Eric Draven, a musician played by Lee (son of Bruce Lee). He and his fiancée Shelley are engaged to be married on Halloween (when else?) but they are brutally murdered. Eric is soon resurrected as an immortal, leather-clad, face-paint-wearing avenging angel and begins hunting down the gang responsible. 

While there is no denying The Crow’s cultural impact, the film’s approach to certain elements (particularly sexual violence and its wider gender politics) have generated much discussion over the years. The supporting cast features a host of well-loved genre actors, like Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), David Patrick Kelly (Twin Peaks, The Warriors), Michael Wincott (Nope) and Tony Todd (Candyman). 

The Crow is a true testament to style, its rain-soaked scenes of violence soundtracked by a who’s who of ‘90s goth musicians including The Cure, Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots.

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