It's an annual viewing of The Crow, a low-budget film based on a graphic novel by Jay O'Barr ("graphc novel" is what we used to call "comics" back in the day). Starring Brandon Lee, son of Bruce Lee... it was supposed to be an early film for a young actor who was still learning, and sadly the low-budget included a laxity in safety precautions. Brandon Lee didn't live to see this film, he died from an accident with a prop gun that had enough in the barrel to sever an artery in his abdomen (the scene is NOT in the movie, it was edited out). For those of us of a certain age who had the soundtrack permanently cemented into our car cassette players, this movie is a sentimental journey as well as a great story. Brandon Lee is very good as a very dead Eric Draven, killed the night before his wedding by a bunch of henchmen for one of the most entertainingly evil bosses thought up in a long while (Michael Wincott is as always fantastic). Eric climbs out of his grave a year later, seeking revenge for his murder as well as that of his fiancée, Shelly. He finds he's indestructible, and also manages to reconnect (as much as a dead guy can) with a teen he and Shelly were looking after, a street urchin on a skateboard. Eric also seems to have a large raven who can "see" for him, and is his spirit animal, his connection to the living world as he attempts to get revenge. Guys, if your partner wants you to go as The Crow for Halloween, you're getting laid. Brandon Lee was every Goth girl's dream man (whether we'd admit it or not); he's handsome, and definitely was on his way to a comfortable career as his acting skills, comedic timing, physical dexterity, and commitment to his character are all evident. In a few small parts, he gets to let his mask down and his scenes with Ernie Hudson are really touching. He would've been big as an action star probably, but could've expanded to other things with that face. The soundtrack fits very well with the dark atmosphere and time period this film represents. This is NOT a kiddie flick, it's violent and there is some really disgusting drug use and details that can make adults cringe... This one is for devil's Night, or Halloween for moody teens. At the end of the film is a dedication "To Brandon and Eliza"... Lee and his fiancée in real life were planning their wedding after the movie wrapped. It's still a great movie for its genre... it holds up. The sequels all blow, so avoid them, even if you're an Iggy Pop fan (he must've needed the money !).