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CROW: WICKED PRAYER screens and this spy really flips for it!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with an opinion on the newest CROW film WICKED PRAYER. I've been growing tired of the countless CROW flicks that Miramax keeps spewing direct to video. I've only liked the first film. However, this newest one has a cult geekboy favorite behind the helm. Lance Mungia directed indie film fest fav SIX-STRING SAMURAI a few years ago. Love it or hate it, the imagination behind that film and the energy of the direction was superb. I'm really curious to see his next feature, which is the long in coming CROW flick. I'm no fan of David Boreanaz (he was godawful in VALENTINE and I'm sorry... I know people love it, but everytime I try to watch ANGEL I just go into fits of laughter), but I like Edward Furlong... or, rather, I CAN like Edward Furlong. But the reason I will watch this at all is because of Mungia. Here's the review, squirts! Enjoy!

Hey Harry!

I can?t believe no one has posted anything about this, but the new Crow movie was screened this past Wednesday in LA. I bought a ticket for Constantine and saw Eddy Furlong smoking a cig by the door. There was a little too much fanfare for an off night at the movies so I snuck into the theater after he went in. I had no idea it was the Crow. It was some kind of cast and crew screening because the producer introduced the director, who spoke before the show and I spotted Marcus Chong from The Matrix sitting in the back. To be honest, I don?t know much about the comic, liked the first movie and hated the sequel. I didn?t even know there was a third one until I looked. I?m no big critic, but thought your fans would like to see an early review of the Crow: Wicked Prayer.

First off, the movie has a very Western tone?no big city rooftops in sight. Eddy plays an ex-con, whose hot girlfriend is the daughter of the town sheriff. Enter David Boranez, the guy from Angel, whose plan is to become the Devil and needs both Furlong?s heart and his girlfriend?s eyes to do it. Tara Reid plays David?s girlfriend/witch who whips up the spells to pull it off. The story isn?t much, guy comes back from dead, angel versus devil etc. but it?s got a lot going and has some real good performances to boot.

First off, I didn?t expect much from Eddy as The Crow, but he more than held his own. He plays a true underdog character--the last person you'd see the Crow inhabit and that's what I liked about it. I liked him sans makeup more, but in the Crow costume, he manages to pull off the best scene in the movie. It?s a twist I don?t want to give away. This one?s big on redemption. That said, David steals the show. He?s over the top, as is his ?Four Horsemen?, but does it so well. He had some awesome lines. ?I?d slice all your throats, but I have to get to the burial grounds.?

I recognized Tito Ortiz, the guy from the ultimate fighting championship, and he was actually pretty good, very soft spoken but a big presence. I saw him at the screening too he?s a pretty big guy. He, Marcus Chong and some Asian guy make up David's posse known as The Four Horsemen. Tara didn?t do much, but she wasn?t a distraction either. I liked a scene where she washes her hands clean of blood. However, David carried most of her scenes, he was fun to watch.

What really makes the film is the relationship between Eddy and his girl and that comes off very pure. The scenes with Eddy and her really worked. The film had a strong beginning, but almost lost it near the end. A sequence with Dennis Hopper seemed very out of place, but some people were laughing so maybe it?s just my tastes. The film made up for it in the end.

I wasn?t expecting much, but found myself enjoying this movie, partly because it moved quickly. The audience, though obviously biased, seemed to dig it. The movie had a good pace and it?s clear the director was going for something different. I was never bored.

Bottom line, I was expecting another mess and was pleasantly surprised with something different. Don?t expect any big action scenes though. This was definitely more of a character story and it showed in the care with the performances. It had heart and I have to mention the music .it honestly took the film to a whole new level. I'd definitely buy the score if it was released. It's very classy, soulful stuff.

I thought this was going to be a direct-to-video movie, but honestly, I could see it coming out in theaters. This one certainly deserves a look. It has way more heart than half the crap I?ve seen lately. I think Crow fans will be happy, they?ll probably get a lot more out of it than I did, but I left the theater feeling pretty good. Ending strong is a big plus in my book.

--Booster Gold

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  • March 9, 2005, 6:54 p.m. CST

    My first First...

    by ian216a

    And laugh at Angel in my house Quint and you'll be laughing all the way to the STD clinic!!!!

  • March 9, 2005, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Not a good day to be a bad guy, huh Spike?

    by oceansized

    Denny Crane.

  • March 9, 2005, 7:11 p.m. CST

    What ever happened to Six-String Samurai? It was hailed as the

    by Lance Rock

  • March 9, 2005, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Nice to see them continue

    by Silverhour

    I personally enjoyed all three Crow movies so far. City of Angels was kind of weak, and pushed the supernatural a bit too far but had some great revenge scenes. I found Salvation more entertaining than I first expected, and I liked Fred Ward as the bad guy. I've been waiting for Wicked Prayer to come out, as I am a big Angel fan, and after reading this review I will definately look for it, Straight to Video or not. At least they didn't go the DMX/rapper/gangster route I'd hear rumours of a while ago.

  • March 9, 2005, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Countless DTV Crow movies???

    by KCMOSHer

    Countless? Countless? Um...there was one. City of Angels, the godawful sequel, hit the theater. Only the third movie was DTV. Quint, some homework before you say these things.

  • March 9, 2005, 7:40 p.m. CST

    what happened to six string.

    by samuraisix

    it's been out on dvd. they had promised a commentary when it first came out but it was released and rereleased on dvd with the same features. there was a planned sequel, but the lead man, jeffrey falcon, has apparently moved to china to study with the shaolin temple, or so i've read. :)

  • March 9, 2005, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Every Film AFTER #1 Ain't Nothin' to Crow About...

    by hipcheck13

    (rimshot). Try the veal, I'm here all week.

  • March 9, 2005, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Plants are fun to water ...

    by Vic_

    Let's see .. name checks a movie in the same genre - Constantine, Matrix - check. Makes note of cross genre stars like Boreanaz and Tara Reid - check. Mentions new names that might be familiar to others - Tito Ortiz - check. For the record, I called the Loew's theatre at the Universal Citywalk the day before this screening to see about getting in - it was sponsored by the Make A Wish foundation and not open to the public. That fact, coupled with him namechecking people like Marcus Chong and Furlong, Ortiz, etc. makes it obvious he's familair with the principals enough that his "I ACCIDENTALLY snuck in from watching Constantine" excuse reek of b.s. -- especially since this screening was a 2 PM. Unless Mr. Plant is unemployed and sees R rated matinees during the day ... yep, love watering those plants ...

  • March 9, 2005, 8:27 p.m. CST

    I read up to "Tara Reid"

    by Dr. Hilarius

    and was done. When will these fucking idiots learn to stop putting her in films. Why don't they save themselves some money by stapling some pancakes to a peice of plywood, glue on some nappy blonde hair, and have it play her parts.

  • March 9, 2005, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Most obvious plant in a while ...

    by godoffireinhell

    They are starting to get better, though. Now they even include a little story about the "snuck into the screening" and how they just so happened to recognize everyone from the cast and crew. Loved how he disses the previous sequels to get credibility with us. BTW, I'll watch this flick when it comes on TV.

  • March 9, 2005, 9:06 p.m. CST

    "David steals the show. He's over the top, ..."

    by dr.bulber


  • March 9, 2005, 9:06 p.m. CST

    you can't go...all the PLANTS are gonna die!


    "smoking a cig by the door"....fucking eat me

  • March 9, 2005, 9:46 p.m. CST

    I often find myself getting psyched and completely in "suspensio

    by Hung-Wei Lo

    Apparently, just like this reviewer here. Plant, indeed.

  • March 9, 2005, 10:11 p.m. CST

    I couldn't get past Quint's comments about "Angel."

    by Barry Egan

  • March 9, 2005, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Why do people do movies they know will go straight to video?

    by Lou C.

    How many more fucking bad movies can be wrung out this? Let it die. Please. And for the love of all that's holy, EDIT PEOPLE'S SUBMISSIONS. PLEASE START DOING THIS, I BEG OF YOU. If the guy can't get the actors' names right, I'm not taking any stock in his review - or the site.

  • March 9, 2005, 11:40 p.m. CST


    by jedimast3r

    It would be good to see both Eddie and David excel in this, because both deserve to go further in their careers. David always did have more flair and likeability as Angelus, as it definitely showed range and humor on his part. The "longing for more Angel" in me will go see this; add to that the fact that I absolutely adore J'OBarr's original comic...and I refuse to let anything else, film or otherwise, tarnish it for me.

  • March 9, 2005, 11:59 p.m. CST

    How to lose credibility, in my book

    by zer0cool2k2

    Show hatred for Boreanaz and love for Furlong! C'mon, Eddie almost ruined T2 for me. He was almost as annoying as Jake Lloyd............. Glad to hear Marcus Chong has rebounded soooo nicely from screwing himself out of the Matrix franchise. ................ When I heard Tara Reid as a witch, I couldn't get the image of her in a pnk costume running around all ditzy screwing up her master's plans. ................... The Crow might just be the best comic film ever, City of Angels was disappointing, and Salvation just blew. I saw a DVD on Ebay the other day of a supposedly high-quality student film that sticks even more closely to O'barr's original comic than the first film. Anybody seen it or even heard of it? Brandon probably would have become the next big action star, given the time. It saddens me every time I see the original on TV.

  • March 10, 2005, 12:04 a.m. CST

    what happened to six string?

    by Mr Brownstone

    it sucked.

  • March 10, 2005, 12:59 a.m. CST

    wha huh?

    by Purgatori

    You go into fits of laughter watching Angel? Uhm...okay...Please explain what made you laugh, cause I need to know. And Valentine sucked because of DB?? No mention of the vapidity of Denise Richards and her 2 facial expressions or the crappy writing and bastardization of the original novel?

  • March 10, 2005, 1:09 a.m. CST

    whats with the ???'s in the review? all the apostrophies and com

    by Johnny FilmMaker

    ya, i think i spelled apostrophy wrong...oh well. This film WAS supposed to go to theaters. It has been made for almost 2 FRIGGIN YEARS NOW, but it was not testing well and they didn't know what to do with it. It is going straight to DVD on July. And ya, only part 3 was direct-to-video. Part 2, i now like after countless viewings. Sure it has lots of problems, but the look of it is very dream-like and Vincent Perez did a swell job. Part 3 was balls. You even see the bird-trainer's hand come into the frame once! yikes! Anyhoo, i wish there was a trailer for this one somewhere on the net. If anyone knows of one, please post it so i can check it out. The novel this flick was based on was quite good, so i hope they did it justice.

  • March 10, 2005, 1:15 a.m. CST

    the student film on eBay..i have a copy..

    by Johnny FilmMaker

    I got a copy on video, like, 6 years ago. I got it right from the guy who made it. All i had to do was send the money for shipping, as he didnt (and couldnt) make a cent off of it, or else he could catch shit for it....which, eventually happened and I guess Miramax said he couldnt give them out anymore. It is very home-movie-ish, and most of the actors playing the druggies look to be about 14 or 15 years old, but it is SUPER faithful to the J O'Barr's comic. And the dude playin Eric, when in make-up, actually loks alot like Brandon Lee did. Altho, it's obvious inthis film he is just mimicking Brandon. Overall, for a home-made fan film, it was well done.

  • March 10, 2005, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Plant my ass....

    by BlokNarpin

    Do you idiots actually believe the studios send plants here to write reviews? You are really niave if you think the studios care about the Aint it Cool News crowd's reaction. That being said it sounds like Miramax finally made a good sequel to the Crow.

  • March 10, 2005, 4:39 a.m. CST

    I don't think I've ever called PLANT before... but sadly this di

    by Kampbell-Kid

    I just found the explanation so vague and silly. Snuck in after Eddy Furlong was going back in after having a cigerette?! If we know theaters at all we know to smoke you have to go out the theaters side exit doors and to even sneak in those doors is impossible after they close because they only open one way. So he would have had to be so close to Eddy to grab the door before closing it which any idiot would've noticed. Being a manager in a theater at one time I can tell you... screenings are easy to sneak into. But the way described here along with many seemly out of place name throw outs reeks plant big time. Kudos for trying to bring the franchise back on it's feet but... I only liked the forumla of the first film. This one just sounds sadly boring.

  • March 10, 2005, 6:32 a.m. CST


    by ScaryJim

    This is hilarious - ' snuck in the back door ' What is this ? the 50's or something ? they still have cinemas with one door ? whaaa? did they ever ?

  • March 10, 2005, 7:43 a.m. CST

    So is this getting a theatrical release? I thought it was going

    by Barry Egan

    It's been on the shelf for how long now? Two years?

  • March 10, 2005, 7:49 a.m. CST

    by BitterMan23

    Replace: ? With: ' thanks.

  • March 10, 2005, 7:49 a.m. CST


    by BitterMan23

    Quint - i finally found someone on AICN whos opinions mean less than Harry's. thanks!!!

  • March 10, 2005, 9:08 a.m. CST

    I have never called plant before...

    by KingKrikkit

    becuase I hate to be quick on a sometimes honest review, but Harry, Im sorry, this def seems like an inside review to me, and doesnt make sense... Tara Reid is a godawful actress, plus this guy happened to "sneak" into a theatre full of celbrities and studio bigwigs, not a chance and you should know better. At least in the future give yourself a little credibility and announce the review as a possible plany ahead of time.... peace out big guy.

  • March 10, 2005, 9:26 a.m. CST

    I love the smell of chlorophyl in the morning...


    ...are you fucking kidding me? Jesus, this guy practically has "plant" tattooed on him. That said, Ed Furlong and Angel has potential, though Tara Reid can wreck any movie at this point. When it goes straight to video, maybe I'll check it out.

  • March 10, 2005, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Didn't they finish this movie about a year ago?

    by rev_skarekroe

    Word was it blew.

  • March 10, 2005, 10:24 a.m. CST

    BlokNarpin is a plant

    by zacdilone

    Either that or he's very naive himself.

  • March 10, 2005, 10:35 a.m. CST

    good lines??

    by darth sars

    "I'd slice all your throats, but I have to get to the burial grounds." obviously this is out of context, but what the fuck does that mean??

  • March 10, 2005, 12:59 p.m. CST

    They oughta make a Crow film about Tara Reid's tits

    by GrandoCarIissian

    after her ta-ta's die in a freak breast implant accident, they come back to life to seek revenge on the plastic surgeons that destroyed them. in other words, it would be autobiographical. hell, think of all the money they'd save on makeup - her frankenboobies are already covered with all the scars she needs.

  • March 10, 2005, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Angel was pretty good TV...

    by Childe Roland

    ...most of the time. Consistently well-written and acted except for the whole deal with his kid coming back and impregnating his girlfriend to give birth to one of the stars of Firefly. That was lame as hell, but the show bounced back quickly after that. Boreanaz should've been the next Batman. I'm sure Bale will do fine, but Boreanaz has the melancholy ass-kicker routine down. If only he'd been able to resist the temptation of the donut cart. And Mirimax needs to lose the rights to this property. Every shitty sequel they make only serves to further cheapen the memory of the original (it's kind of like HIghlander, that way... complete with unnecessarily redundant TV series).

  • March 10, 2005, 3:55 p.m. CST

    I never say "plant", but...

    by Right Bastard seems like everytime someone begins a review with, "I can't believe no one has posted anything about this," that there is a plant feeling to it. Also, who the hell recognizes Eddy Furlong???

  • March 10, 2005, 5:42 p.m. CST

    i would have believed this if...

    by Aquafresh

  • March 10, 2005, 5:43 p.m. CST

    by Aquafresh

    ...he had said "I saw Ed Furlong shooting up in the bathroom".

  • March 10, 2005, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Good news it seems is a hard pill to swallow

    by LLcruize

    You know, I guess I should be used to the judgmental nature of everyone on the net. But it just amazes me how quick the masses can believe negative and skoff at the mere mention of positive. Especially when it comes to this franchise. Everyone is so consumed with finding fault with this report that I don't think anyone really read it. I have been accused of being a "plant", especially when I was only one of two people that saw the trailer for Wicked Prayer AND I had positive things to say about it. Was accused of being a plant when I posted a positive review of the script. This review has nothing more or less of a "plant" feel than any other "legit" review on the net. Ultimately, wait for the flick to come out, judge it for yourself and write your review of it out here. But be careful not to enjoy it too much, or less, otherwise, you will be marked a plant for having an opinion.

  • March 10, 2005, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah....

    by LLcruize

    To the person who had the "check list", your list had a couple of faults. First, the screening was at 5pm, not 2pm. Also, anyone that is a fan knows The Crow is not close to being in the same genre with Matrix or Constantine.

  • March 10, 2005, 7:15 p.m. CST

    I would've liked Edward Furlong to be Anakin.

    by riskebiz

    He would have been a far better choice.

  • March 10, 2005, 9:08 p.m. CST

    I"m still waiting

    by Purgatori

    on Quint to explain what made him laugh in Angel. I'd like specifics.

  • March 11, 2005, 3:27 a.m. CST

    hey LL Cruize ! where is the 'Boy and His Bird' site??

    by Johnny FilmMaker

    i used to go there daily and now it's not there! i had posted art and pics of custom figures i made, even. Loved the site, but now when i try to get on it, its just gone. Is there another good site you can recommend with up to date Crow news? Thanks.

  • March 11, 2005, 8:52 a.m. CST

    ABaHB has moved

    by LLcruize

    We are still plugging away. We had to move due to server we were on being shut down. That is how things go when you are a site free of any promotion affilitation. You remain an unbiased source, but you have no money coming in to finance a server! We were given a new home by a very gracious fan David Jefers over at CrowColl. Our new home is . The fan fiction stuff such as the things you mention have been moved to another site and in the process of a huge fan fiction update.

  • March 11, 2005, 5:03 p.m. CST

    I'm going to have to go ahead...

    by Childe Roland

    ...and disagree with you in principle, LLcruize, concerning your comment about the genre of the Crow films. While the Matrix is pretty much its own animal in terms of genre, it does have comic book sensibilities, so an argument could be made that it is a similar kind of film to the original The Crow, which is based on a comic book. And while the movie Constantine bears little resemblance to the comic Hellblazer, it still drew the main character and basic backstory from the world of comics. I love The Crow. I think it might be the best comic movie ever made. But it still has to run with (or, more accurately, well ahead of) the heat what spawned it, if you derive my meaning.

  • March 12, 2005, 9:18 a.m. CST

    The Donnie treatment........priceless

    by liljuniorbrown

    Angel was a great series that would have been even better given one or two more seasons.I'm sorry but Eddie Furlong couldn't hold a candle to David Borenaz or even James Marsters (spike) either of which Quint or the queer bait posters who are so quick to bash Angel or Buffy Fans would shit there pants to meet at a comic con.

  • March 13, 2005, 6:44 p.m. CST

    the only way I'd shit my pants to meet James Marsters or David B

    by Tall_Boy

    Though, to be fair, this post did make me want to take a shit.

  • May 7, 2005, 10:33 p.m. CST

    A Crow movie without big action scenes? WTF??

    by BigMcLargeHuge

    Next we'll get a Star Wars episode with no lightsabre fights. Have these producers even seen the first movie?