The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

The Crow — 25th Anniversary

The Frida Cinema is proud to show for the first time—in honor of its 25th anniversary—the 1994 sleeper hit, The Crow. This gothic-fantasy-action film captivatingly showcases the talent and potential of Brandon Lee—before his tragic and untimely death.

Rock musician Eric (Lee) and his loving fiancée Shelly are brutally killed by a ruthless gang the night before their wedding. A year after their murders, a crow awakens Eric from his grave, guiding him down into the shadowy city slums to exact revenge against his killers. With each revenge killing, Eric is one step closer to giving himself and his beloved eternal peace…

… But he cannot rest until he deals with Top Dollar, a top-level criminal who controls all the street gangs in the city—the man ultimately responsible for Eric and Shelly’s deaths

The Crow’s music and dark alternative rock atmosphere stands as both as an individual style of film and a part of the dark comic book superhero trend of the 1990’s (Blade, Darkman, Spawn, Batman Returns). The Crow is heavily influenced visually by an array of films, including Blade Runner, Suspiria, and Enter the Dragon—which starred Brandon Lee’s father, martial arts film legend Bruce Lee. Coincidentally, both The Crow and Enter the Dragon would be the last films of both father and son. Don’t miss your chance to see The Crow, before it flies away.


“…Lee is so good here, and the movie is so good, that this could have easily been the beginning of a starring career for him.”—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“What’s scary about The Crow is the story and the style itself: American gothic, Poe-haunted nightmare, translated to the age of cyberpunk science fiction, revenge movies, and outlaw rock ‘n’ roll, all set in a hideously decaying crime-ridden urban hell.”—Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

The Crow, starring the late Brandon Lee, is like one long fright night, even though it was photographed in color, the edge-of-darkness atmosphere descends on the audience like a shroud.”—Peter Rainer, Los Angeles Times