The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Superhero Film, Supernatural Thriller  |   Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Jeremy Wheeler

After three movies and one failed TV show, there was hardly need for yet another foray into the passé world of The Crow, but here it is nonetheless -- The Crow: Wicked Prayer. Pushed back for almost a year, this feature-length flick finally found its home on DVD, though it could've easily been lost in time and no one would've cared. This time, audiences have been duped into thinking that Eddie Furlong could actually do the scary goth thing, even though he comes off like a snarling beagle most of the time. Featuring a supporting cast that provides much of the guilty fun attributed to this poor, cheap knock-off, most will actually be surprised to see all of the familiar faces littering the screen. It's basically a given that party-girl Tara Reid is going good for a few laughs, but who knew the shameless lengths she would go to when faced with playing a spooky sexual Satanist!? David Boreanaz looks a bit better next to Reid, but even he stretches his overacting chops, as do Danny Trejo and Dennis Hopper -- the latter of which admittedly does get to spurt out some patented gonzo lines at the end as only he could, but it's bittersweet at best. The saddest part of Wicked Prayer is the fact that Six-String Samurai helmer Lance Mungia was behind the camera, which, paycheck or not, is disheartening to see as there's very little to remind one of the promise he displayed back in his no-budget days.