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Death is just the beginning in ‘The Crow’

Death is just the beginning in ‘The Crow’


The wrong things will be put right in an all-new adaptation of James O’Barr’s cult graphic novel The Crow arrives on the screen with a brand new sense of energy and violence, and revenge is about to get bloody.

Watch the all-new trailer for The Crow below:

Here’s the official synopsis:

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.

Cinema’s original anti-superhero film, The Crow, finds new energy and plenty of gory action in a new adaptation that aims to bring a new side to the story to life. Filmmaker Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) amps up the energy and finds the line between the light and dark as he seeks to explore the story’s ‘tragic love’ in greater depth and the horrors that arise when such a love is taken from those deserving of it.

Sander’s direction of the subject is not to have done a literal copy of the first film, nor has he tried to bring about the same moody MTV-laced goth rock energy of the early 1990s, but instead, he’s looking to bring a new style and visual language for an entirely new generation. Sanders has also talked about his desire to explore the film’s use of Greek tragedy and ideas of love, loss and rage, and he’s working to present a story that takes the original source in a new direction to both pay respect to the universality of the original story, but also to find a new energy to the story.

Sanders has also been open with his desire to pay respect to the original film, the direction of Alex Proyas and the immortal performance given by the late great Brandon Lee, and he hopes that his version will honour the spirit of the original while also offering up something different. Sanders has also praised Bill Skarsgard’s total performance as an actor and how hard he worked as a performer to honour the spirit of Brandon Lee in his new take on the character.

Star Bill Skarsgard looks entirely monstrous as he transforms into a vengeful spirit as the resurrected Eric Draven, and there’s a violence and malice to his performance as he sets down the path of revenge. His stature and shredded physique only add to his intimidating presence, and his mastery of drama will make audiences sit up and take notice.

Speaking on the story and its subject, Skarsgard has said, “I was a huge fan of the original film growing up as a kid and was so honoured 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.”

This new adaptation also focuses deeply on the shared connection between Eric and Shelley, played here by artist FKA Twiggs. In these quick opening shots, you do feel the connection, love, and sexual energy shared between the two of them. Where the original film’s love story was revealed in flashback, in this version, it will be right at the heart of the story, and it will only add to the fury that Eric feels.

Speaking on her performance in the film and of working with Bill Skarsgard, Twiggs said, “I am so thrilled to be in THE CROW alongside the talented Bill Skarsgard 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.”

The violence and action of The Crow will really be turned up this time, and from this first footage, it’s a brutally bloody watch. As a returned soul with the power of immortality, Skarsgard’s Eric Draven is hell-bent on revenge, and he spills a whole heap of blood in his mission of carnage. From shotgun blasts to the chest to literally removing a samurai sword from his chest before slicing an adversary in half, The Crow has the violence ramped up, and you feel the baying pain that Eric levels on those who wronged him.


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The Crow offers a radically different take on a classic tale, and we’re interested in seeing Bill SKarsgard’s new resurrection as this gothic avenger when The Crow arrives in cinemas on June 6.

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