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Film: The Crow: Wicked Prayer
"Someone owes me two lifetimes and a set of perfect blue eyes."

The fourth film in the Crow franchise, loosely based on Norman Partridge's tie-in novel of the same name.

Jimmy Cuervo (Edward Furlong) is a down on his luck ex-convict in love with Lily Ignites the Dawn (Emmanuelle Chriqui), the beautiful daughter of the head priest of the neighboring Raven Aztec tribe. Unfortunately, their romance is cut short when Luc Crash (David Boreanaz), a former prison buddy of Jimmy's, murders them under the instruction of his shaman girlfriend Lola Byrne (Tara Reid) for a ritual that will turn Luc into Satan. Jimmy is resurrected by the title bird to exact his Roaring Rampage of Revenge and stop Luc before he can bring about the end of the world.

This film is generally regarded to be the worst in the franchise; Norman Partridge even refused to let Miramax send him a DVD. However, to some it manages to be ridiculous enough to loop back into So Bad, It's Good territory.


This film contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Adaptation Expansion: In the original novel, the only villains were the characters analogous to Luc and Lola. The movie gives them a gang.
  • Blondes are Evil: Lola, as played by Tara Reid
  • Bloodless Carnage: War shoots most of the attendees at the Ravenfest beneath a sheet, but we see no blood on it until the next scene, and even then it's sparse.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: War and Jimmy halt their own battle and end up taking refuge together against the gunfire of a mob led by Lily's father. While they're hiding, War tries to shoot Jimmy, only to find he's out of bullets, leading to this exchange:
    Jimmy: You need to keep better track of your ammo.
    War: It's been a long night.
  • Clear My Name: Upon finding her body, Lily's brother Tanner assumes Jimmy killed her and tries to arrest him. Jimmy sets him straight via his telepathy. Lily's father, however, takes a little more convincing, see Heel-Faith Turn below.
  • Contrived Coincidence: The man who killed Luc's father just happens to be the father of the man Jimmy killed
  • Cool Car: Each of the Four Horsemen has one. Jimmy acquires a hearse about halfway through the movie.
  • Covers Always Lie: The summary on the back of the DVD box calls the Four Horsemen "a Satanic biker gang," but they have cars, not motorcycles.
  • Creator Cameo: Executive producer and CEO of FUBU Daymond John as Proud Foot Joe the virgin hearse driver.
  • Creator Killer: This is the first and only movie ever produced by Fubu Films.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Luc literally hangs Jimmy off a cross near the film's climax
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Flashbacks indicate a man tried unsuccessfully to sexually assault Lily at the annual Ravenfest. Because Jimmy beat him to death.
  • Eye Scream: Lola carves out Lily's eyes with a knife.
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Jimmy is given his Crow ensemble by Lily before they are murdered as a costume to wear to Ravenfest. Being that once he comes back he actually is the Crow, him showing up at Ravenfest qualifies as this.
  • Franchise Killer: Effectively put an end to this incarnation of the Crow series, as the next proposed film is a reboot.
  • Healing Hands: Jimmy has these in addition to the standard Crow Healing Factor
  • Heel-Faith Turn: Lily's father believes Jimmy killed her and wants him dead, until he sees the flaming crow Zorro Mark and realizes Jimmy's been chosen by God.
  • Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Luc is "Death" in a gang nicknamed after the Four Horsemen.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Jimmy kills one man with a bug zapper and another with a baseball bat
  • Infant Immortality: A small boy is the only person Jimmy manages to save at Ravenfest
  • Injun Country / Mayincatec: More like Injunatec. The Raven Tribe call themselves Aztecs but the rest of the characters call them Indians and/or Native Americans and none seem to object.
  • In Name Only: A white man and his Native American girlfriend are killed at a trading post for a ritual involving her eyes and he comes back by exiting a fridge. These are the only things the film has in common with the book it is "based on," including character names.
  • Large Ham: Once he becomes "Satan," David Boreanaz loses all sense of seriousness or subtlety.
    • Dennis Hopper any time he's on screen
  • Meaningful Name: Jimmy Cuervo, Luc Crash and Lola Byrne, arguably Lily Ignites the Dawn
  • No Name Given: The other three Horsemen are only known by War, Pestilence, and Famine
  • Not So Different: Luc tries to appeal to Jimmy that he should join the Horsemen because he too is trying to "put wrong things right."
  • Occult Blue Eyes: Lily's, after Lola steals them. They give her the power to see the future and apparently tell if someone is a virgin.
  • Opening Scroll: The film begins with a text screen filling the viewer in on the situation with the Raven Aztecs closing mines to build their casino, even though it's tangentially related to the plot at best and explained in dialogue later by Luc.
  • Our Angels Are Different: It appears in this story the Crow is one, despite the very nature of the franchise meaning he does some rather un-angel-like things.
  • Police Are Useless: Tanner arrives at a crime scene too late to stop the bad guys, brings a mob to help Jimmy in the final conflict without telling them he's the Crow, and lets Luc and Lola escape after she confesses to cutting Lily's eyes out
  • Papa Wolf: Lily's father is probably as determined to get revenge for his daughter's death as Jimmy is. Unfortunately he chases the wrong party.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "Truth is, belief's not required."
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Dennis Hopper as El Nino the jive-talking pimp/Satanist priest
  • The Rez: The Raven Aztecs live on a political reservation that is in transition to a casino reservation.
  • Shout-Out: We get a flashback to a dance themed Enchantment Under the Sea
  • Spiteful Spit: Jimmy does one at Pestilence's corpse, and another later right in Luc's face
  • Stock Footage: Most of the shots of the bird are taken from the third film.
  • Tempting Fate: "It's a great day to be alive, ain't it?!"
    • "Nobody move, we're doing this dead or alive."
  • Unflinching Walk: Jimmy does one after he blows up his trailer
  • Unholy Matrimony: Luc and Lola need to have a black wedding for their ritual
  • Viewers Are Goldfish: After Jimmy comes back from the dead we get flashbacks to things we saw not ten minutes before.
  • Virgin Sacrifice: One is needed for the ritual. Subverted in that when they get to the chapel where they intend to pick up their virgin bride they see that she is visibly pregnant. Further played with in that when they find one, it's a male, which stumps Luc.
  • Voice of the Legion: Luc has this at times when he becomes "Satan"
  • Waif-Fu: Edward Furlong beating up David Boreanaz and UFC fighter Tito Ortiz probably counts as a male version of this
  • Weird Moon: It goes through multiple phases in one night. There's no plot reason for this; it just happens.
C.R.A.Z.Y.Films of 2005 - 2009 Cry_Wolf

alternative title(s): The Crow Wicked Prayer
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