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It Came From Netflix Instant! Halloween Edition Week 5: The Crow   Leave a comment

Halloween is nearly upon us! With that I have one last installment of It Came For Netflix Instant! before we hit the official start of Christmas.  Because, as we all know, Thanksgiving is just something you imagined and has never been a real holiday.  ICFNI! is my almost weekly segment where I find the movies on Netflix that are worth watching, and you can watch right now! Since it is October, all the movies this month have been geared toward the coming of the Great Pumpkin.

This week we look at a film series that has its ups and downs over the years, but is always Halloween appropriate, The Crow.

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Based on the comic book of the same name, the Crow films have been go cult favorites since the 90s.  The film spawned three sequels and a short lived TV series (not to mention that there is always threat of a reboot) and all of it can be watched right now!

The Crow – 1994

Brandon Lee, in the role that killed him, is an anti hero who comes back from the dead the night before Halloween to avenge his and his fiancee’s murders.  He also busts up crime and corruption on the streets of Detroit, finds time to save junkies from them selves and teaches a young girl about the importance of understanding.

This movie bleeds 1994.

Also it has a killer soundtrack that may or may not have been something that I listened to on loop on my Walkman all through high school.

This move has a diehard fan base and you should join us.

Not all of the Crow movies, however, are as beloved… but that does not make them any less fun to watch!

The Crow: City of Angels – 1996

This is one of those movies where it is not hard to see where things went wrong It was trying really really hard to be the first movie.  But wasn’t.

Our new hero, this time out to avenge his murdered son, does a lot to emulate the look of Brandon Lee, but is Swiss, and couldn’t speak English well enough to engage in any of the compelling dialogs that made the first film so interesting.  The new bad guys, including Iggy Pop, are basic retreads of the bad guys from the first film.  The story is now set in LA, but might as well be a more X-TREAM!! version of the first film’s Detroit.  It made some attempt to tie back to the first film, with a single recurring character.

This movie was made to capitalize on the success of the first film.  To the point that where a video game was made for the PS1.  It was not made very well.

If you like cheesy 90s action movies ( I know I do) this is a must see.

The Crow: Salvation – 2000

There is a moment in this movie where someone decides that Kirsten Dunst should shut up, so the sew her mouth shut.

Win.

The Crow: Wicked Prayer – 2005

This is it! This where the series goes completely off the rails and dives into hilarious madness.  The Crow falls far enough into the realm of bad film making to come out the other side and become highly enjoyable again.

In this movie David Boreanaz and his girlfriend, Tara Reid, kill Edward Furlong and his girlfriend in bid to summon the devil.  Furlong becomes the Crow.  He gets the help of Danny Trejo, who dances with his shirt off and Dennis Hopper is there to be Dennis Hopper.  This movie is also somehow about the plight of the modern day Native American population.

I love this movie.

BONUS!

The Crow Stair:  Way to Heaven – on Hulu – 1998

The short lived TV series based on the first film is available on Hulu.  I talked about it in my previous post on Movie to TV Adaptations that Failed.

That wraps up the Halloween Editions of It Came From Netflix Instant! for 2013.  What movies gave you chills this month? Tell me below!

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