Released in 1994, The Crow is a movie that typifies its era. Its soundtrack and look are pure 90s. The setting and tone were perfect for angsty teens of the time. The film is still remembered to this day. Unfortunately, it is for all the wrong reasons.
This may be the best episode of Cursed Films. The Shudder docuseries has looked at movies that experienced troubled shoots. Along the way, director Jay Cheel has also made it a point to look at the nature of fear and belief in them. These different looks have given more insight to the movies.
The look at The Crow focuses more on the cursed nature of the film than any other episode. This is seen almost immediately as cast and crew from the movie discuss the strange occurrences that surrounded the film. This engages viewers right off the bat.
This continues throughout the show as those interviewed talk about the many things that happened during the making of The Crow. Those who have only heard of the tragic death of Brandon Lee will be surprised at how much went on. It also brings a genuine fear to Cursed Films.
In a series more about shock and awe, this may be the most emotional episode of the docuseries. A somber tone seems to hang over the entire installment. This is nothing new to the show. It has tackled the sudden loss of life before. This one seems to be filled with more sadness than the others, however.
The subjects seem to try to cope by speaking matter of factly about what happened. Previous episodes have seen people talk almost bemusedly about what had happened. It is an interesting look at how people cope with grief and guilt.
Cursed Films does a great job of focusing on The Crow. The film is filled with tragedy. Discussing why people seem to enjoy fear would almost downplay what happened. This is a surprisingly powerful episode that is a must watch.
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