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1Module 04 – Movie AnalysisG125/HUM2023 Section 03 Humanities
2The Crow – Movie Analysis"The Crow" has many elements and different types of movie genres film noir, action, and romance. The genres are mixed exceptionally well in this movie to make it a true hybrid genre. The use of surprise and shadows, to the revenge for love "The Crow" has it all. This paper showshow the film appeals to different genres using characters, settings, lighting, and other effects. The movie "The Crow," written by James O'Barr and directed by Alex Proyas in 1994 (IMDb.com), starts with a narrator stating, "People once believed, that when someone dies, a Crow carries their soul to the land of the dead. But sometimes, something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it, and the soul can't rest. Then sometimes, just sometimes, the crow can bring that soul back to put the wrong things right" (O'Barr, James, "The Crow"). Which, in the case of the main character in this film Eric Draven, is what happened. Eric and his fiancé Shelly Webster are killed while fighting tenant eviction in their building on the eve before their wedding to take place on Halloween. The night before Halloween holds significance in this film and is referred to as "Devil's Night." Devil's Night is a night dedicated to arson, violence, and chaos in the city. As Shelly is taken to the ambulance, a police officer named Albright meets Sarah – who is the narrator's voice at the beginning of the film. Sarah corrects the officer's assumption that she is Shelly's sister and tells the officer that Eric and Shelly were her friends and take care of her. One year later, Sarah is bringing flowers to Eric & Shelly's grave, and as she is about to leave the cemetery, she notices a crow atop Eric's gravestone. Eric is resurrected from his grave and is at first confused. He wanders the streets collecting physical markers of his interrupted humanity until he reaches his home, guided by the crow. Once Eric reaches his home where the violent murders took place, he recounts the events on the night of his death in vivid and broken
3flashbacks of that night. There is a period of disorientation he refashions himself into a ghoul andhell-bent upon taking revenge upon those who ended his life with his beloved Shelly.