The Crow: Salvation
is the third movie in The Crow
series of films, based off one of The Crow novels called The Lazarus Heart.
Alex Corvis (Eric Mabius) is put to death on his twenty-first birthday for the murder of his girlfriend Lauren, who was raped
and brutally stabbed fifty-three times. He's brought back by the crow to set things right. The only clue he has to real killer's identity is the memory of a man with distinctive scars putting a key piece of evidence into his car. Along the way, he discovers that Lauren was killed when she discovered a secret a bunch of Dirty Cops
didn't want anyone to know.
Fan reactions to this sequel varied. Some admired the film for going in a completely different direction, while others felt that the film franchise as a whole had fallen completely into Sequelitis
territory. James O'Barr himself
said that he enjoyed Eric Mabius' performance as Alex, but felt the film had too many problems and plot holes going on.
This film contains examples of:
- Badass Longcoat: As tradition dictates, Alex acquires one from one of his victims.
- Crusading Lawyer: Alex's lawyer. It's not enough to keep his client from getting fried on the electric chair.
- Deadpan Snarker: Alex definitely is more sarcastic and biting than the previous Crows.
- Dirty Cop: A whole squadron of them.
- Dull Surprise: Kristen Dunst did not bring her A-game to this movie.
- The cop who watches Alex shoot himself in the mouth and then heal from it doesn't react much more differently than when Alex initially carjacked him.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Alex gets the traditional Crow make-up look from scars left after the electric chair mask used in his death burns his face. The man who framed him has scars on his arm created through the body modification technique of putting screws in.
- Infant Immortality: A baby is left alive by the cops after they execute its mother and father.
- Knife Nut: Alex enjoys interrogating his victims with the very knife they used to set him up.
- Lightning Can Do Anything: A well-timed lightning strike causes the voltage of the electric chair to go up much further than its intended during Alex's electrocution.
- Stock Footage: Due to a limited budget, some of the shots of the crow are recycled from the first movie.