The Crow : Wicked Prayer

Tag line : Passion, Revenge, Eternity.

The Crow : Wicked PrayerSignificantly different in style to the previous films, being set in the deserts of the South-Western United States, and filmed in the daylight this time, as opposed to the perpetual darkness of its predecessors. This one features a post "Terminator 2" Edward Furlong as former convict Jimmy Cuervo, who lives in a trailer on an Aztec reservation.

With his parole coming to an end, he's planning on running away with his girlfriend Lilly (Emanuelle Chriqui - "Wrong Turn"), who happens to be the daughter of the local tribal chief (Danny Trejo - "Machete") and is the sister of one of the local cops.

Unfortunately, their planned elope is cut short when they are both brutally murdered by a local gang, lead by a chap who calls himself "Death" (David Boreanaz - TVs "Angel") and his girlfriend (played by American Pie actress Tara Ried), as part of some demonic sacrificial ritual.

Dumping their bodies out in the desert, Jimmy finds himself resurrected as The Crow shortly afterwards, and quickly begins picking off members of gang responsible for his murder, much to the chagrin of Death, who's trying to become the next anti-christ or something.

Adapted from a story from the Crow comic book series, this outing mixes in elements of "From Dusk till Dawn", but with devil worshippers instead of vampires. There's some interesting fight scenes, where The Crow find's Death's demonic powers are much similar to his own, but if you've seen the previous films you pretty much know what to expect here. Though, what the Hell was Dennis Hopper and singer Macy Gray doing in this????

Overall Marks : 4/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Most of the shots of the crow were taken from the previous films.

  • The name "Cuervo" means "Crow" in Spanish.

  • The movie makes a number of references to Ravens, the name of the town is Lake Ravasue, the Casino is the Raven resort. However, Crows and Raven's are entirely different birds.

  • The gang members names, Pestilence, War, Famine and Death are the names of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

  • Jimmy's line "Quoth the raven, nevermore motherfucker!" was from Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven" (minus the "motherfucker" of course). Eric Draven also quoted from this poem in the first film, when he entered the Pawn brokers.

  • Only film in the series where at least some of the events take place during daylight.

  • The line said by War, just prior to detonating his suicide vest, "I'm a Night Riding, Ass Kicking, Suicide Machine" was para-phrased from Mad Max. It was one of the lines the Night Rider gang member yells during the police chase at the start of the film.

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