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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I’m finally back home after along day of travel which means I finally have access to that Crow BTS pic I promised a couple days ago.

And it’s a good one, featuring one Mr. Michael Berryman (aka the creepy bald dude from every horror movie made between 1977 and 1993) being made up as the Skull Cowboy, a supernatural character that was to be a sort of guide for Eric Draven until Alex Proyas cut his scenes out of the movie. You can a rough cut of it on YouTube.

The picture features Berryman, Brandon Lee and Proyas (far left) in the make up room. Thanks to Derek Smith for sending it along! Click to enlargen!



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Tomorrow’s pic is appropriate considering the day of the week it’s posting.

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  • May 6, 2012, 1:20 a.m. CST


    by Queefer Sutherland

  • May 6, 2012, 1:27 a.m. CST

    As an Alice fan...

    by snomusic

    I always wondered why there was never a lawsuit, though I loved the movie and was saddened about the Lee's death filming it, I was always annoyed at people who said the make-up was cool but never made the Alice Cooper connection - duhhhh.... <p> I'm also fine never hearing the "The Big Empty" again - I worked a 2nd run theater at the time and had to hear that song three times a night 5 days a week for a few months.....

  • May 6, 2012, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Brandon Lee's death was...

    by ames prather

    ...a tragic loss. I think this movie would have launched a fantastic career for him. ??Pseudo?? Out.

  • I just try to enjoy it on that level and not think about the Real Life Stuff. Because it's a bangin' flick through and through. "caw caw bang fuck I'm dead!"

  • May 6, 2012, 2:16 a.m. CST


    by grassh0pperunit

    I will always associate that movie with that particular line. As soon as I saw the photo, that's what popped into my head.

  • May 6, 2012, 2:27 a.m. CST

    He's the chicken fucker boss!!!

    by Logan_1973

    Love me some Devils Rejects.

  • May 6, 2012, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Once again the column proves it's weight in gold

    by Have_Penis_Will_Travel

    Now to go OT: I build my own computers Except for the C=64 Hell, way back when I'd make the circuit boards and my buddy would make the circuits for stereos and amplifiers for folks Then came a point where he'd just spider web the components together Point to point soldering I'd ask him how the hell he could follow the circuit And he'd tilt his head a bit to the side and respond*how is it you can not* So back on track to the original OT I do not consider myself to be unreasonably un-tech savvy

  • May 6, 2012, 2:42 a.m. CST


    by Have_Penis_Will_Travel

    how do you shrink an image to use as an avatar? This just eludes me

  • May 6, 2012, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Brandon Lee and I are the same age

    by DarthMusashi2112

    I'll never forget hearing about his death on the news...and thinking about what a waste and tragic loss it was. I had been looking forward to the movie since they had announced it, and ever after, even today, I cannot watch it without wondering "what if?" He would be 47.

  • May 6, 2012, 3 a.m. CST

    Still my all-time favourite movie...

    by BiggusDickus

    Saw it at a late night showing on the King's Road in Chelsea when it came out. So blown away I nearly decked the Kawasaki on the ride home. Just awesome. ...and there's now way it would've been anywhere near as good with the Skull Cowboy scenes in. The minimalist 'follow the crow' stuff they were forced to go with after Lee's tragic death made for a far, far better film. I hear they're about to remake it. Pathetic...

  • May 6, 2012, 3:34 a.m. CST

    The original costume and skull mask is for sale.

    by Jake Pantlin

    A bit pricey at $3779.00 but pretty damn cool.

  • May 6, 2012, 3:48 a.m. CST


    by Johnboy40

    My ex and I found a small theatre in Harrow that was still showing it every friday for about a year aftyer its release. used to full of emo gothy types (cept me, i was a biker), but always sold out. I still think it's one of the best comic book movies out there

  • May 6, 2012, 4:03 a.m. CST

    thanks for your help guys

    by Have_Penis_Will_Travel

    we now return you to our regularly scheduled masturbatory theatre and your vey welome

  • May 6, 2012, 4:59 a.m. CST


    by BiggusDickus

    You gotta love them Goth kids! I remember a few white-painted Crow faces showing up in the Intrepid Fox on Wardour St after the film came out. We just used to laugh at them. More interested in the style than the content. Thankfully, the little shits found Marilyn Manson soon after and left The Crow alone... It would be great to see this cleaned up on a big screen again, though. I hope we get a twentieth anniversary re-release in a couple of years.

  • May 6, 2012, 5:20 a.m. CST

    I never understood the love for The Crow

    by papabendi

    I hated it. I thought it was like some cheeseball chick-lit novel. Shame about Lee though.

  • May 6, 2012, 5:24 a.m. CST

    Mother is the name for God on the lips and hearts of all children

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    A fantastic film. Perhaps the first great funny book film (not including the big 3 - Supes, Spidey, Bats).

  • Would make it 77% better. Damn that guy should have been in more films.

  • May 6, 2012, 5:52 a.m. CST

    One of the most overrated films of all time.

    by Eric

  • May 6, 2012, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Weird Science

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    I hope Brandon Lee and the make-up guys kept it to themselves, I'd really hate to see him lose his teaching position over this.

  • May 6, 2012, 7:03 a.m. CST

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh the Intrepid Fox

    by Johnboy40

    many a good night out in the fox. (thanks very much, Ken, for it closing down) The ex I mentioned worked as a peeler at Sunset Strip till she moved back up north. Used to meet her (and her workmates) in the fox for a beer before she started work if she were on the evening shift. good times

  • May 6, 2012, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Brandon Lee and River Phoenix

    by elsewhere

    Both would have probably had incredible careers had they lived. Gone way too soon.

  • May 6, 2012, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Michael Wincott

    by elsewhere

    Should have been part of the Nolan's Batman films. Missed opportunity.

  • May 6, 2012, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Really cool BTS pic. Love The Crow.

    by adeceasedfan

    I was just out of high school when it came out and very much into everything this movie represented. I followed the production as much as one could pre-internet. My best friend lived in Wilmington and kept me up on what was in filming in town. Needless to say I was very sad when the news of Brandon Lee's death broke. I cannot separate that event from the movie. The Crow became a testament of Lee's talent and charm. I saw The Crow many times during release and my friends and I still quote it. Fire it up! Thankfully I never bought a trench coat. I've seen many a geek try to rock that look and FAIL. If you smugly look to your coat closet upon reading this...I'm talking to you.

  • May 6, 2012, 9:24 a.m. CST


    by Manos

    Man, what could have been!

  • May 6, 2012, 9:29 a.m. CST

    tomorrow's pic: Any Given Sunday? or Office Space

    by Tigger Tales

    Considering you posted the article at 1am CST, I hhonestly have no idea if tomorrow is Sunday or Monday.

  • It was really awesome to watch after not seeing it since 1995. The movie really holds up all around, and it's still the most Goth thing ever created. Makes you weep for Brandon Lee.. besides losing his life, he missed out on becoming an obviously huge action hero. Seems certain to me that he would have parlayed The Crow into a career along the lines of Jason Statham, he would have been cast as Neo by the time The Matrix went into full production in late 1997.

  • May 6, 2012, 9:52 a.m. CST

    I shared an elevator with Mr. Berryman once.

    by torpedoboy

    It was at a Holiday Inn in 2008. I attended the HorrorHound horror convention, and this is where all of the participants/attendees stayed. The experience was quite surreal. Mr. Berryman was talking to some other guy about philosophy and politics. All this profound and eloquent language coming out of that little bald horrifying head of his. I was taken a good way.

  • I actually watched The Matrix for the first time in about ten years just last night, having picked up Ultimate Matrix on blu-ray this week. Keanu was great as Neo, but I think Brandon Lee would have been very interesting in the role.

  • Then she wanted to bring over Braveheart which she said was her favourite movie. Are you noticing a pattern? This chick only likes movies where the lead female gets horribly and unjustly murdered. Yikes!

  • May 6, 2012, 10 a.m. CST

    I guess the term unjustly murdered is redundant

    by Autodidact

    You know what I mean!

  • May 6, 2012, 10:47 a.m. CST

    loved this movie when I was 14

    by Monnie Knapp

    Tried it again recently; unfortunately, it does not hold up for me. Brandon Lee was actually pretty stiff and cheesy in his line delivery. Had he not died, I don't think he would have received as much praise for the role. Can't argue with Proyas' direction and the art direction was amazing, but plot and acting wise, it is a miss.

  • May 6, 2012, 10:56 a.m. CST

    the makeup and alice cooper?

    by Bouncy X

    not sure why cooper woulda cared as the makeup is taken from the tragedy/irony masks he has in his apt. in the movie. you even see them in the comic so its obviously the inspiration for O'Barr as well. but yeah this movie just touched me and its been my favorite since the firs time i saw it. its just perfect for me, hit all the things i like and the fact its soundtrack was comprised of a music genre i didnt like at the time and now do speaks a lot for the movie. i was able to look past my dislike and appreciate its use. i got the blu-ray recently and while its not a jaw dropping upgrade, they still did a pretty good job with the transfer and its much better than the dvd. still retains that grungly low budget look to it which i feared might go away with HD. i still remember seeing it in theaters the 2nd time (the summer after it was released) and some guy was dressed up like him. but he must have hurt himself as he was walking with a i made for a funny sight to see "the crow" limping along the theater aisle. lol

  • May 6, 2012, 10:59 a.m. CST

    oh and the photo...

    by Bouncy X

    that was in the companion book they released alongside the movie's release. i'm also glad the character was cut, it probably would have come off as real cheesy. especially since in the comic he's nothing more than some hallucination for one scene or two. lets just be thankful the producers at the time didnt try and have the bird talk since it does in the comic. of course its all in his head or whatever but you just know someone was considering it. lol

  • May 6, 2012, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Casting Berryman for this part, was just an odd choice...

    by Rameses

    He's obviously not a great actor and usually cast for his *unusual* appearance , but the skull cowboy leaves his face totally covered.Any taller thinner , better actor with a deeper voice , would have been a better choice.Bruce Spence , or now days Doug Jones, come to mind straight away.This odd casting ,was most likely the reason the scenes didn't work and ended up cut.It would have been nice though to have given some of the Cowboys dialogue to the asian witch girl.Because that Crow loses his powers and ends up mortal, just seemed strange , when he appeared to be a f*cking ghost or reanimated corpse at best.Still a rocking film though

  • ..and ACTION!!

  • May 6, 2012, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Ultratron's post has reminded me..

    by Rameses

    Does anyone know what the final verdict/version was on the accident that killed Brandon?I read a few bits at the time , but accounts seemed very confused.

  • May 6, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Amazing soundtrack

    by disfigurehead

    It was playing in my head when I was in the middle of nowhere Canada on vacation one time. Peace...quiet..."Ghost Rider" by Henry Rollins.

  • May 6, 2012, 1:28 p.m. CST

    He was a pretty bad actor in a good movie

    by proevad

    Sad about the accident, but I was never a huge fan of The Crow.

  • May 6, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST

    A great movie right before summer of '94

    by Polo Chavez

    Saw this twice in May and June of '94 when I was in high school. I dug it a lot. My best friend's cousin kind of ruined it for us. He literally wanted to be The Crow. :(

  • May 6, 2012, 1:32 p.m. CST

    FIRE IT UP! FIRE IT UP! FIRE IT UP! Love this movie.

    by cameron

  • May 6, 2012, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Victims....aren't we all..

    by cameron

  • May 6, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST

    "I feel like a little worm on a big fuckin' hook..."

    by chaburchak

  • May 6, 2012, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Not on DVD/Blu-ray

    by Patrick Soucy

    That's s*cks those scenes are not on the DVDs or Blu-rays as bonus features... :(

  • May 6, 2012, 3:35 p.m. CST

    It can't rain all the time...

    by Zardoz

  • May 6, 2012, 4:01 p.m. CST

    the scenes ARE on the dvd and blu.

    by Bouncy X

    there's a little extra thats just a bunch of deleted scenes playing back to back. there's no context or commentary or any way to watch em on their own or anything. but within that you have the skull cowboy stuff along with the Funboy scene that explains why Eric suddenly has tape around his arms after that encounter. and if anyone wondered its all connected to the cowboy. his scenes would imply that the more contact Eric had with humans, the weaker his powers got. so after the deleted scuffle with Funboy, he has his forearms slashed and the wounds dont heal because of his interaction with Sarah's mom.

  • May 6, 2012, 5:27 p.m. CST

    George "Goober" Lindsay, RIP from Mayberry, RFD

    by The Dreaded Rear Admiral

    So, any chance of an obit?

  • May 6, 2012, 7:09 p.m. CST


    by william

    Last i heard the set was running short of blanks in that caliber. Live rounds were depleted of powder and bullet portion were put back on rounds for looks. The primers were not removed. When fired the primer had enough pop to push the bullet portion into but not out of the barrel. When the gun was then loaded with blanks it had enough force to fire the bullet lodged in the barrel.

  • May 6, 2012, 9:04 p.m. CST


    by mdk

  • May 6, 2012, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Crow haters

    by runfoodrun

    Honestly I never argue people's opinion on a film, because everyone takes something different from a film. But to call this film overrated is absurd. I agree that Boondock Saints is overrated and doesn't stand up, but the Crow is one of the greatest LOVE STORIES OF ALL TIME. This movie isn't about the goth, or the the music or the one liners (which are great btw) It's a tragic love story and a reflection on someone being taken from us have an impact on everyone who's life was touched by that person. Sara's being impacted by Eric and Shelly being taken from her is a wonderful, yet tragic, subplot. I can understand that someone who basically seeing film as an entertainment medium might not love this film, but for those of us looking for a bit more, just a bit more, from our entertainment will find something wonderful here. Those of us who have lived and experienced life will find sooo much more in this film. Of course the people who hate this are probably the same same people who think The Dark Knight only made a bunch of money because Health Ledger died.

  • May 6, 2012, 9:47 p.m. CST


    by Rameses

    Thanks for that info..It's the clearest explanation I've heard for the accident.

  • May 6, 2012, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Embiggen.. not enlargen.

    by intheyear2525

    not sure where I heard the original or why it bugs me so much but there ya go.

  • May 6, 2012, 10:35 p.m. CST


    by enemygateisdown

    Great fuckin movie. I agree, he would have given the Matrix a better vibe. Keanu just can't act.

  • May 6, 2012, 11:37 p.m. CST

    imagine Nic Cage as The Crow

    by ace mccoy

    that would be awesome, i could see him making it work well

  • May 7, 2012, 7:16 a.m. CST

    The ignorance of the director and crew cost a man his life.

    by Christian Sylvain

    Somebody should have went to jail.

  • May 7, 2012, 8:49 a.m. CST

    doesnt hold up well

    by nametaken

    loved it as a kid, as an adult i can't sit through it.

  • May 7, 2012, 9:04 a.m. CST

    the final verdict on Lee's death

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    was ruled an accident. The props dept had loaded the revolver with 2 blanks and 4 live bullets. As anyone who knows revolvers can tell you, then the holes in the gun are empty, its basically not loaded. Lots of TV shows using them, if you look, you'll see the emtpy holes. anyway they put real bullets around the blanks with the understanding that the gun was to be fired only once. Either the chamber was moved accidentally during the scene, or most likely, the gun misfired causing the chamber to rotate TWICE instead of once, lining up a live round instead of a blank. My dad once had a service revolver that for some reason would skip every other chamber when you fired it.

  • May 7, 2012, 10:46 a.m. CST

    rkdn, that story isn't true

    by Mr. Giant

    No idiot would put LIVE rounds in a gun that's to be fired at an actor. The gun had been loaded with prop bullets that had tips (so they could be seen in close ups and not just empty holes in the cylinder) and one of the tips had come off and lodged in the barrel. I've also heard that it was wadding that got stuck, but I've heard the tip more often and that makes more sense. Then they fired the blank and it blew the stuck tip into Lee.

  • May 7, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST


    by william

    The live rounds were discovered during the filming and locked away by the propmaster. During filming dummy rounds were neded for a close up. The live rounds were taken and powder emptied. During that scene one of the actors noted the weapon made an unusual sound. That sound was the primer igniting sending the round into the barrel and lodging there. Later on a scen called for a blank round to be fired. That blank charge had enough power to fire the projectile lodged in the barrel. The official report has that all down to include the times of the enire incident from the time the live rounds were discovered on set to the time that the bullet lodged in barrel until the shooting.

  • May 7, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST

    You move and you're dead, Snow White.

    by RedLeaderStandingBy

    I say that I'm dead. And I move.

  • May 7, 2012, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Lee's death

    by GrizzlyMurder

    Im a grip and i can say for sure there's no way live rounds are getting put into a gun on set. Let alone one being pointed at an actor. The general way it works when a gun is brought on set is the weapon will be shown to the 1st a.d. and key grip to confirm its a replica gun and its not loaded or that it is loaded with blanks. Apparently the gun had been brought to set checked and used for a take. It was taken from set then brought back in a rush. Being that it was just used it didnt get a full inspection but was looked over. What was missed was that a small sliver of a previously fired blank casing had broken off and became lodged in the barrel. In its rushed inspection it was missed. Upon firing the weapon the piece of the casing was fired from the gun and in like a one in a million chance hit Brandon in a major artery causing him to bleed to death. That is supposedly the true story.

  • May 7, 2012, 3:18 p.m. CST


    by william

    That is wrong. The police report stated that live rounds were in fact on set. It also stated as i detailed above how the accident happened. The report stated that it was an actual round that was lodged in the barrel that was projected outward by a blank round later on, not a sliver but the actual round. That is from the final report. I know no live rounds are supposed to be on set, which is why the rounds were taken and locked away. It took multiple mistakes to make it happen. I will see if i can find that report or a story for it, it was on msnbc last year or so.

  • May 7, 2012, 4:12 p.m. CST


    by GrizzlyMurder

    OI'll take your word on it. Im only 32 so i was like 14 when it was shot. Ive heard several stories but the sliver story was what id heard from people who worked on it. That could easily have been a case of chinese telephones though. Id assume the police report would be the real story.

  • May 7, 2012, 9:50 p.m. CST

    If I dropped about 30 lbs I could look like Lee

    by HapaPapa72

    But thanks to my family's male-pattern baldness, I'd look like Lee from Kung-Fu: The Legend Continues. Yeah, he far from Brando, but it's just a damn shame he never got the chance to grow into the different kinds of roles he wanted to do.