"I have something to give you. I don’t want it anymore...thirty hours of pain all at once, all for you!"
Description: Brandon Lee as Eric Draven injects thirty hours of painful memories into the mind a street thug who is responsible for the death of his fiancée, Shelly Webster (Sofia Shinas) in the motion picture The Crow (1994).
On the night before Halloween, Eric is stabbed, shot and thrown out the window of his apartment while his fiancée, Shelly is brutally raped by a gang and then dies 30 hours later in a hospital.
One year later, on Halloween, a mystical black crow lands on Eric's graveyard headstone. Miraculously, Eric awakens from death and climbs out of his grave. Confused and disoriented, he returns to his apartment only to find it in shambles.
“People used to think that when someone dies, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead. But sometimes...only sometimes the crow brings that soul back to set the wrong things right.”
As Eric slowly recalls his last night on earth, he remembers the men who killed him: T-Bird (David Patrick Kelly), Tin-Tin (Laurence Mason), Funboy (Michael Massee), Skank (Angel David), and of course, Top Dollar (Michael Wincott), their leader.
Eric soon discovers that the mysterious crow has given him invincibility of sorts. When he is shot or slashed, he heals immediately. Eric uses this new found ability as a tool of vengeance as he tracks down his killers.
To make himself more foreboding, Eric paints his face with pale, death like colors, decorating his lips and eyes with scar-like slashes.
Upon seeing his new look, a young girl named Sarah (Rochelle Davis) asks, "What are you a clown, or something?" Eric replies, "Or something." When Eric was alive, he and Shelly were Sarah's guardians because her drug addicted mother Darla (Anna Levine) neglected her.
As Eric stalks his killers, he finds Tin-Tin, who takes exception to being called a murderer. “Murderer? Murderer!? he says, "Let me tell you a little something about murder. It's fun, it's easy, and you gonna learn all about it. [pulls out two blades] I'd like you to meet two buddies of mine. We never miss.” But he does miss, and dies. Before Draven kills Tin-Tin with his own blades, he tells the man, "Victims; aren't we all?"
|Sgt. Albrecht:||Police! Don't move! I said, "Don't move!"|
|Eric Draven:||I thought the police always said, "Freeze!"|
|Sgt. Albrecht:||Well, I am the police, and I say, "Don't move" Snow White. You move, you're dead.|
|Eric Draven:||And I say, "I'm dead," and I move.|
The next stop is the pawnshop where Tin-Tin sold Shelly's ring. Eric enters the store and demands what is his. Fearing for his life, Gideon (Jon Polito), the owner of the store says, “Please, I'm beggin' you. Don't kill me." Eric tells, the man, “I'm not going to kill you. Your job will be to tell the rest of them that death is coming for them, tonight. And tell them Eric Draven sends his regards.” Eric retrieves Shelly's ring and then blows up the place as he leaves.
Funboy is the next to die. When he sees Eric, he says, "You are seriously fucked up. Would you look in the mirror? I mean, you need professional help!" But Funboy's criticism does not sway Eric from his duty and he leaves Funboy dead with multiple syringes jammed into his chest.
At the scene of the crime was Darla, Sarah's mother who was shooting morphine with Funboy. When she grabs Eric's arm, a mysterious force extracts all of the drugs from her body, in essence, detoxifying her. Before leaving, Eric tells her to stop using drugs and take care of her daughter, Sarah, which she eventually does.
After killing Funboy, Eric visits with Sgt. Albrecht (Ernie Hudson) who says, "Hey, your the guy that murdered Tin-Tin." Eric replies, "He was already dead. He died a year ago the moment he touched her. They're all dead. They just don't know it yet."
Albrecht tells Eric how he watched as Shelly suffered for 30 hours before dying in the hospital. Eric touches Albrecht's face and transfers all the pain and memories of Shelly's death into his own body.
Eric leaves Albrecht's apartment and searches for his next victim which turns out to be T-Bird who has stopped at a convenience store. Hitching a ride, Eric ties T-Bird to the driver's seat, fills his precious car with explosives and sends it roaring off a pier where it explodes gloriously in mid-air.
When Eric finds Skank, the one who forcibly kissed and brutalized his fiancee, he throws him out a window to his death after a firefight with a bunch of hoodlums who were also now dead, courtesy of Eric Draven.
Finally, Eric finds Top Dollar and chases him to the roof of a church where he grabs his eyes and transfers the 30 hours of pain he absorbed from Sgt. Albrecht into the creep's mind. The shock of the transfer knocks the thug off the roof and impales him on the horn of a gargoyle below.
In the final scene, Sarah visits the cemetery to pay her respects to Eric who has been reunited with Shelly. Once again, the mysterious crow makes an appearance on Eric's headstone. As it flies away into the night, it drops Shelly's ring into Sarah's open palm as a keepsake from two friends who still love her, even beyond the grave.
Note: In the film Ghostrider (2007) Nicholas Cage as Johnny Blaze, the fiery vigilante working for the devil confronts a hooded street punk in alley who tries to rob him. When the punk stabs him with a knife, the blade melts. Then Ghostrider tells the crook to "Look into my eyes." Suddenly within the man's mind, he sees all the horror that he inflicted on others because of his evil ways. In the end, punks eyes turn charcoal black and he falls to the ground.