25 Years Later And Still So Good – The Crow

I was watching The Crow tonight, and was re-hearing all the great music on the film’s soundtrack, so I am going to do a video comp. But first, a little about this cult classic film.

The Crow is a 1994 American superhero film directed by Alex Proyas, written by David J. Schow and John Shirley. The film stars Brandon Lee in his final film appearance. The film is based on James O’Barr‘s comic book of the same name, and tells the story of Eric Draven (Lee), a rock musician who is revived from the dead to avenge his own death as well as the rape and murder of his fiancée.

The lead actor, Brandon Lee, was accidentally wounded on set during filming by defective blank ammunition and later died in the hospital during surgery. With only eight days left of production, unfinished scenes that were to feature him were dealt with using a rewritten format in the script, a stunt double, and digital special effects. The film is dedicated to both Lee and his fiancée, Eliza.

Despite the several production setbacks due to Lee’s death, The Crow was well-received critically for its unique visual style, premise, emotional depth and its tribute to the deceased actor. The film opened at the top of the box office and attained a strong cult following. It is the first installment of a franchise, which includes three sequels and a television series.

The Crow was a sleeper hit at the box office. The film opened at number one in the United States in 1,573 theaters with $11,774,332 and averaging $7,485 per theater.  The film ultimately grossed $50,693,129 in the United States, above its $23 million budget. It ranked at #24 for all films released in the US in 1994 and #10 for R-rated films released that year.

Overseas in Europe, the film grossed £1,245,403 in the United Kingdom (where it was 18-rated), and sold 4,604,115 tickets in France, Germany, Italy and Spain. In South Korea, it sold 83,126 tickets in Seoul City.

Can you believe this movie bombed at the box office?

Now for the videos!

Track listing

1.“Burn”The Cure6:38
2.“Golgotha Tenement Blues”Machines of Loving Grace4:00
3.Big EmptyStone Temple Pilots4:55
4.“Dead Souls” (Joy Division cover)Nine Inch Nails4:52
5.“Darkness”Rage Against the Machine3:41
6.“Color Me Once”Violent Femmes4:10
7.Ghostrider” (Suicide cover)Rollins Band5:46
8.Milktoast” (Also known as “Milquetoast”)Helmet3:59
9.“The Badge” (Poison Idea cover)Pantera3:54
10.“Slip Slide Melting”For Love Not Lisa5:48
11.“After the Flesh”My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult3:00
12.“Snakedriver”The Jesus and Mary Chain3:43
13.“Time Baby III”Medicine3:52
14.“It Can’t Rain All the Time”Jane Siberry5:31
Total length:63:50

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