The Crow * Alex Proyas (1994)

“The Crow” is one of the classics of my youth. It had been a long while since I saw it, since I have the film on VHS. Time for a rewatch on DVD!

The film caused quite a stir in the day, because the main actor actually died during the recording of a shootout scene. The rest of the film was made with earlier recorded footage. This drama gave the film quite some attention. Then there was the fact that the main character was “a friendly rocker”, alternative but good and when he comes back from the dead with his white painted face and black cloths, he appealed to us alternative youth.

“The Crow” is a revenge thriller which starts with two young lovers that are murdered by a group of hip criminals. The guy returns to avenge the murder of his wife-to-be. The film still looks nicely dark and gloomy. Here and there it is a bit too ‘theatrical’, but with the use of music and camera work, the film still ‘works’. Especially the shootout scene is still emotional. The snappy lines of the ‘bad guys’ are still cool and partially because Propergol samples this film a lot, I remember a lot of lines and scenes.

Yep, a true classic!

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