The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

The Crow: 25th Anniversary

In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, we are excited to present The Crow, director Alex Proyas’ 1994 sleeper classic finally making its Frida Cinema debut!

A year after rock musician Eric (Lee) and his loving fiancée Shelly are brutally murdered by a ruthless gang the night before their wedding, 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, and is the man ultimately responsible for Eric and Shelly’s deaths

Famous for its stylish dark atmosphere and alternative soundtrack, The Crow both complemented and inspired the darker 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. 


“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

“…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