Trailer Drop: THE CROW (2024)

Posted by Eddie Pasa on March 14, 2024 in , / No Comments

 

Thirty years ago, the world was gifted Brandon Lee’s final film, The Crow, based on a graphic novel by James O’Barr. This cinematic interpretation of the dark world of Eric Draven and his quest to avenge his and his girlfriend Shelly’s deaths became a touchstone for teens and moviegoers, further becoming part of our lives through its hard rock/metal soundtrack and its moody score by Graeme Revell. Its popularity never dwindled, even after three iffy sequels and a one-season television show (on which stuntman Marc Akerstream also died during production), and now…

DC Movie Critics, DC Movie Reviews, DC Film Critics, Eddie Pasa, Movie Critics, Film Critics, Movie Review, Film Review, The Crow, LionsgateDirector Rupert Sanders brings his vision of O’Barr’s comics to life with a new adaptation. In this new trailer, it looks like Sanders has gone a completely different route, steering clear of the near monotones of the comic and Alex Proyas’ 1994 film by injecting vivid color and more of an overt, in-your-face approach to everything, including Eric and Shelly’s relationship, what looks like a version of the Skull Cowboy (deleted from the 1994 film) to explain things to Eric, and a sharp class divide between the victims and the villains that leads to a gunfight set against the opulence of corruption.

I’m not sure how to take this one. As a fan of the original (I’ve owned it on VHS, LaserDisc, DVD, and Blu-ray, with the 4K on order), it will be hard to put aside Lee’s memorable, emotionally-wrenching, and brutally physical performance. Proyas’ dark vision influenced many films that came after, including the 1999 hit The Matrix. I’m trying to push aside the memory of countless nights watching The Crow with friends to make room for this new adaptation.

Would you? Sound off in the comments. Notes from the actors and director follow.

A note from Bill Skarsgård:

I was a huge fan of the original film growing up as a kid and was so honored to take on the role of Eric Draven. But really what drew me to it was what Rupert Sanders wanted to do with it. He wanted to completely reimagine the story and the character and tailor it towards a modern audience. It’s a character that I know many revere and have a strong connection to – he is unlike any I’ve ever taken on before. Working with the remarkably talented FKA Twigs was magical. I felt a responsibility to Eric’s story and endeavored to stay true to the spirit of the source material; I can’t wait for the world to see the film, and hope it resonates with audiences as strongly as it did with those of us involved.

A note from FKA twigs:

I am so thrilled to be in THE CROW alongside the talented Bill Skarsgård and extraordinary director Rupert Sanders. The love Bill and I share on screen is effortless and indicative of the authenticity and ease that I dreamed of bringing to the role of Shelley. Eric and Shelley’s unbreakable unity is so profound and beautiful, something I hope we all feel at least once as part of the human experience. I am so excited that the trailer is being unveiled and even more excited to have the world see the film this summer.

 A note from Director Rupert Sanders:

The Crow is the original anti-superhero. His story is about tragic loss, about dealing with the pain of everything that comes with losing someone you love, something that all of us have or will encounter at some point in our lives. It is about the dark shadow of grief, about what we would do when something so meaningful is taken from us.The original graphic novel is deeply meaningful for so many, and the character, his journey and his need for revenge has inspired a canon of films for the last three decades. Our version goes back to that graphic novel by James O’Barr, who I had the honour of meeting shortly before production, and explores the love story as the primary drive for our film.What Alex Proyas did with the Crow in 1994 – and Brandon Lee’s iconic embodiment of that character – will forever impact that generation and others to follow. It was a culture-defining film that is beloved to this day and has inspired many other iterations both inside and outside the Crow Universe.That film sparked a fire with the youth of that day, a youth who grew up on hard, alternative rock, punk and metal, that binged on MTV and zines. It held a mirror to that generation in the aesthetic of the film, its smoky, rain-drenched streets, stylized and subverted sets, its leather-clad hero and chain wielding villains. It expressed its time in a very specific, music-driven vision, that spoke to a young audience who had never been spoken to in that way. It became a cult classic.Our interpretation of James’ work also reflects this young generation, whose tastes and references have changed so dramatically from the original film. Hopefully it speaks to them in their language, with their style and music and hopefully will get them to discover Alex Proyas’ film and James O’Barr’s graphic novel, bringing a new audience to the source material.For this story is as universal as an epic poem or Greek myth, it deals with the very primal, naturalistic emotions of love, grief and rage and it also deals with the supernatural and physiological imaginings of heaven and hell, the dead and the undead. It explores the great positive force of love and the great negative force of rage and hate that stands in its shadow, it asks what would we do, but also what would we have become by doing so. When Eric slumps to the floor, covered in the blood of the slain, we look deep into his eyes and he asks us…why?I am very pleased to have worked with two young actors whose performances are the backbone of this film. Bill Skarsgård is so committed and vulnerable, monstrously violent and delicately tender, he brings so many layers to the complex emotion of a man consumed with so much love and hate, but also a man who will do anything for the woman he loves. He fights, numb with pain and grief, killing and maiming for the one he loves…but to what end? FKA Twigs brings the same unique and wondrous talent that she does to her entire volume of work and her performance and the vacuum created by her absence undoubtedly gives reason for this Crow to be born.

Directed by: Rupert Sanders
Written by: Zach Baylin, and William Schneider
Produced by: Edward R. Pressman, Samuel Hadida, Victor Hadida, John Jencks, Molly Hassell
Cast: Bill Skarsgård, FKA twigs, and Danny Huston

Synopsis: Bill Skarsgård takes on the iconic role of THE CROW in this modern reimagining of the original graphic novel by James O’Barr.

Soulmates Eric Draven (Skarsgård) and Shelly Webster (FKA twigs) are brutally murdered when the demons of her dark past catch up with them. Given the chance to save his true love by sacrificing himself, Eric sets out to seek merciless revenge on their killers, traversing the worlds of the living and the dead to put the wrong things right.

Eddie Pasa

Eddie is a member of the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) and the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS). Since starting in 2010 at The Rogers Revue, Eddie has written for Reel Film News (now defunct), co-founded DC Filmdom, and writes occasionally for Gunaxin. When not reviewing movies, he's spending time with his wife and children, repeat-viewing favorites on 4k or Blu-Ray, working for rebranding agency Mekanic, or playing acoustic shows and DJing across the DC/MD/VA area. Special thanks go to Jenn Carlson, Moira and Ari Pasa, Viki Nova at City Dock Digital in Annapolis, Mike Parsons, Philip Van Der Vossen, and Dean Rogers.

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