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PODCAST 248: Spawn & The Crow [90's Comics Edition]

This week the Horror Duo kick off two weeks of 90's superhero movies. Forest covers why Todd McFarlane's theatrical Spawn film got lack-luster reviews and is now regarded as one that has not aged well. Cory basks in all that is the 90s with Brandon Lee's last film, The Crow.

They also chat about how they spent their St. Patrick's Day and filming new episodes of Before You Die & Shot in the Dark. Cory began playing Breath of the Wild and speculates that his WII U version of the game may be the harder to come by in the future. Forest reminds Cory that Chuck Berry was a very talented musician and will be dearly missed.

All this and the Horror Duo share their deepest darkest fears!


  • 00:00 Intro & News
  • 16:30 "Spawn"
  • 41:52 Know Your Horror Trivia
  • 42:52 "The Crow"
  • 73:22 Comments & Conclusion



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Blake Matthews said...

Just to connect THE CROW with the Brucesploitation episode:

One of the projects Bruce Lee was working on at the time of his death was GAME OF DEATH, which was to be the ultimate expression of his jeet kune do philosophy. While the final fights of the movie had been filmed, everything else around them hadn’t been. So in 1978, Robert Clouse, the director of ENTER THE DRAGON, was hired to finish the movie. With the help of Bruce Lee imitators (notably Kim Tai Chung, who went on to play Bruce’s ghost in the Jean-Claude Van Damme movie NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER) and a new script, Clouse made a movie about a martial arts actor who’s hounded by “the Syndicate” until one of their goons shoots him in the face on during the filming of a movie. He’s taken for dead, but eventually recovers and seeks revenge. The fact that you have scene where a bunch of people are shooting blanks at Bruce Lee, but one guy happens to be using a real bullet, is eerily similar to Brandon Lee’s death.

The family curse theory sprung from the logic that the gods or spirits or what have you were upset that his artistic name in Cantonese means “Little Dragon,” on the grounds that it was presumptuous of him to take on the name of such a revered creature. Of course this doesn’t carry much water, considering that Jackie Chan’s artistic name in Cantonese, Sing Lung, means “Successful Dragon,” and he’s still making action movies well into his 60s.

Finally, the director of Bruce Lee’s first two movies, Lo Wei, had extensive Triad connections. One Bruce’s career took off, Bruce left Lo Wei in the dust. A similar thing happened to Jackie Chan, who was hired by Lo Wei in his pre-fame days, but then became famous and ditched Lo for greener pastures. However, by the time THE CROW was in production, Lo Wei was essentially a has-been dying of cancer, so I doubt he had any connection in Brandon’s death.

Bruce Lee died of an allergic reaction to marijuana at the apartment of an actress named Betty Ting Pei. The incident is dramatized in the sleazy exploitation biopic BRUCE LEE AND I, produced by the Shaw Brothers. One of the stipulations for using Bruce’s widow Linda’s book as inspiration for DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY was that his relationship with Betty Ting not be mentioned.

Anomalous Host said...

This episode was bullshit. Cory, you disappoint me. You review The Crow without giving me a heads up, so that I can't bring up the unofficial director's cut, in the form of a workprint, which adds more into the lore, shows more violence, better transition between scenes, and overall makes the film better, aside from the film quality of the deleted scenes which won't ever be better unless an official remastered version is released on blu-ray or something.

I can give you a link to what I believe is the best quality version of the workprint cut, but here's what you would be in for (lesser quality than the version I've seen):

Here's basically what the extra scenes add:
* Eric Draven learns more naturally about his powers of touching, how he can absorb painful memories, how he accidentally learns about it soon after rising from the grave.

* The skeleton specter which plays a part in reviving him, and causing him to lose his immortality near the end (not just because of the crow getting shot).

* The implication that Eric's sole role is just for revenge, and straying from that purpose (getting the drug's out of that woman's system, attempting to save her daughter) will take his powers away, as that deviates from his reason for resurrection.

* The violence put back in makes the scenes less jarringly cut. Fuck the MPAA by the way. Though I'm pretty sure Brandon Lee dying in real life kinda had something to do with it to some extent. Kinda uncomfortable seeing him getting shot so much, with blood splatter, considering... But aside from Lee, let's just say that the final villain's death is much more gruesome than in the theatrical version.

Interested in the whole version?

PS: The first paragraph is an exaggeration. This was a good episode. Just find it a tad annoying that you guys discuss Spawn and its alterations, but are unaware of footage of The Crow left on the cutting room floor that would've improved the quality of the film overall.