Every Friday, we feature a movie one of our staff has chosen as their favorite Miramax film, along with personal stories about what makes it special to them. Consider watching one over the weekend. Todays pick for Halloween week is The Crow from our Executive Sales Assistant and resident horror enthusiast, Abigail Collins.
Horror has been my favorite genre ever since I convinced my babysitter to let me watch Gremlins when I was six years old.
I love that feeling of fear; the excitement of looking into the great beyond not knowing what will happen next. Of accepting the challenge to not look away, of facing darkness with eyes wide open, knowing there may be something looking right back.
Every once in a while a horror movie is made that encompasses this feeling in a very different way, a very human way. The Crow is one of those movies. Brandon Lees character, Eric Draven, comes back from the grave to avenge not only his own murder, but the murder of his one true love, Shelly.
One of my favorite quotes from this movie is abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is. Darkness takes many forms, and can be many things to different people, even a representation of good. Eric is a dark force, fighting the evil of humankind. There is no winner.
He is a ghost, a Goth, a zombie, an un-forgiving leather-clad bringer of death. He is a tortured soul who does not stop until all of his murderers are violently brought to justice. Evil fears him as he fears nothing, death is all he has.
The beauty in all this is that he is still human. He is not driven for himself; he is driven out of undying love. Romance, action, fantasy, horror, and a killer soundtrack; The Crow has it all.