This was the report that Frank the webmaster of The Crow's Loft wrote
shortly after The Crow: Salvation test run in Spokane, WA.
Friday September 15, 2000
On Wednesday I was allowed to
attend a press screening of The Crow: Salvation with the local
The Crow: Salvation definitely
puts the crow right back on track. The Crow: Salvation has an
excellent plot filled with twists and turns. The soundtrack and
score for this film goes perfectly with this film. The Crow: Salvation
is nothing at all like first two, and the mystery angle, instead
of the straight on revenge like the first two was a nice change.
This movie doesn't start out like
the first two, we meet the the main character before his death.
The make up this time was burnt on at the time of his death instead
of put on like the first two. As with any crow movie there is
funny one-liners, action, explosions, and nudity. No wonder why
the movie is rated R. Eric Mabius did an excellent job portraying
The Crow. Fred Ward did an excellent job as the main bad guy,
he could have been Top Dollar in the first one and it would have
been great. Kristen Dunst impressed me, I was surprised she did
this well, she did an excellent job of being emotional and confused.
For those who never seen any of the crow movies or whatever, should
be able to pick on this movie and like it easily. The local media
here accepted it well and clapped at the end. Definitely worth
seeing and I can't wait to see it again.
At 4 pm we set up the booth for
CrowFans.com in front of the ticket office on the third floor
of the River Park Square. Eric Mabius showed around 6:30 pm and
did an interview the local ABC station KXLY. I also met with Jeff
Most and Greg Woertz, producers of The Crow, they were nice and
receptive, and I definitely had a nice time talking to them.
Attendance to the film was disappointing.
Two reasons for the low attendance was the Spokane County Fair,
and the fact that the cheap bastards at MIRAMAX PUT ZERO DOLLARS
BEHIND THIS FILM. They bought a little dinky ad in the newspaper,
most people found out from web and word of mouth. THERE WAS ZERO
TRAILERS ON TV. MIRAMAX sent the film up here to die, so they
could make it look like they tried. So to be quite honest don't
be surprised if this goes Direct-To-Video. However I encourage
all crow fans to start contacting Miramax with letters and phone
calls, remember to be polite and explain why you want to see The
Crow: Salvation in theatres and how wrong it is for them not to
have promoted it in Spokane on TV.
Saturday September 16, 2000
Saturday, we had a few more items
for our booth since we got a nice package from TheComicShop and
The Crow Fan Club, they sent us Crow bird pins and some O'Barr
drawing stickers. We had soundtracks, scores, posters, and autographed
James O'Barr lithos courtesy of KOCH Records. We ran a contest
for people to enter and win stuff. I also had a few items on display
such as The Crow: City of Angels resurrection cola, and The Crow:
The Story Behind The Film book. A TV monitor was set up showing
The Crow: Stairway To Heaven, and a computer set up displaying
CrowFans.com and The Crow's Loft.
Eric Mabius showed up for the
autograph signing 15 minutes late, he doesn't know his way around
Spokane too well. Not like there is anything in Spokane to get
lost about. Eric had to do a quick interview with KAYU the local
FOX station. The autograph signing lasted about 90 minutes. I
got three movie posters, two scores, two soundtracks, and a few
glossy pics signed. Jeff Most and I talked a little bit during
the autograph session, the second season for The Crow: Stairway
To Heaven is a very strong possibility. At the 10:15 showing Eric
introduced himself to the crowd and they clapped for him, there
was no Q&A session due to the lack of time, had he done one
he wouldn't have gotten out of there probably 12:30, or 1 am.
Some interesting moments at the
booth, my friend Joel got mistaken for Eric Mabius three or four
times. Amy got mistaken for Bobbie Phillips the female crow (Talon)
twice. I got asked for an autograph. One fan tried to have Eric
pull his finger, and tried to get to him to go his church. Eric
I admire your patience with him.
Special thanks goes out to Eric
Mabius for coming up here. Laura his publicist for helping arrange
Eric to come here, and to come do an autograph session. Jeff Most
and Greg Woertz for being supportive of the booth. Sarah, Joel,
Eli, Amy, and Sarah Jo for manning the booth when I was not around,
thanks for your help. Thanks to the AMC staff and Craig the marketing
director for giving me the chance to set up a booth and help you
promote the Spokane screenings.
The Crow: Salvation
A World Premiere
How does Spokane find itself in
the position of hosting the world premiere for the third installment
in the popular Crow series? In this case, Spokane will be a test
market for the film, which may or may not go straight to video.
This Friday, The Crow: Salvation opens in an exclusive engagement
at the River Park Square AMC Theatres. Not only that, but the
film's star Eric Mabius (pictured above) will be in attendance.
The Sarah Lawrence College graduate
and veteran of such indie favorites as Welcome To The Dollhouse
researched his new role thoroughly.
"The character is an amalgam
of mythologies," says Mabius. "The moniker relates to
the animal itself in a mythological sense, how it helps these
people finish their unfinished business or seek their vengeance."
So what was it like to work on
a film connected to both the tragedy that inspired the series
--- the death of created James O'Barr's fiancee --- and the accident
that claimed the life of Brandon Lee on the set of The Crow?
"Playing someone who comes
back to life, this entire story that millions of people have seen,
all of this stuff comes from one man's personal tragedy,"
says Mabius. "That was a beacon to me while working on this
film, how something that comes from despair, something like that
can provide catharsis."
And as for taking on a mantle
originally worn by Lee?
"The director said to me,'You
just need to relax.' He reminded me that the action in the first
film played to Brandon's strengths. That was his forte,"
says Mabius. "But this film plays to my strengths, it's much
more of a character-driven piece. It's one of the ironies really,
that Brandon was just starting to blossom as an actor."
--- Sheri Boggs - The Inlander