Its a Tear Jerker from beginning to end.
- Eric's farewell to Sherri in the comic...actually, pretty much any scene with Sherri in the comic.
- The letter by John Bergin that acts as the introduction for the graphic novel.At least take this lesson from The Crow: Think about what you have to lose. If you are someone who has nothing to lose, then you are already here...and your lesson is a much more difficult one.
- The love story of Eric and Shelley, and arguably the whole story on one level.
- In regards to the Trust Obey soundtrack, the song "Sleeping Angel (The Dreaming)" is heartbreaking.
- The backstory as to how the comic came into being. O'Barr's fiancee was killed by a drunk driver. Some years later, another inspiration came up from a news story involving the murder of a couple over a twenty dollar engagement ring.
- Eric and Shelly's death scene itself. Eric and Shelly are so in love it's almost sickening. Shelly was just 12 hours away from getting married. Her involvement for opposing tenant relocation comes back to bite her in the form of T-Bird's Gang. They trash her house, beat her and rape her, all with the intention of putting enough fear into her to make her leave her home. Then Eric shows up, which turns an already bad assault into murder. What makes it especially heartbreaking is they were both murdered at the height of their own personal happiness.
- What makes it even more sad is, as soon as Eric comes back from the dead, he has no idea of his empathic abilities to touch items and people and see what happened in the past. So upon going home, where his and Shelly's murder took place, he relieves the entire thing, one brief flash at a time.
- A Deleted Scene has him running into a hysterical, gravely-injured woman who was working in an arcade Top Dollar's men just destroyed with a bomb; her pain and terror passes straight to Eric when she grabs onto him.
- As Eric leaves Albrecht's apartment, Albrecht asks, "Are you gonna disappear into thin air again?" Eric turns to him with a heartbreaking look on his face and says, "I think I'll just use your front door." It told me that that he misses the simple pleasures of living.
- When Eric finds Shelly's ring. Instead of inspecting it to make sure it's the right one, he realises it's her ring when he start having flashbacks. This guy spends the entire movie getting shot and stabbed, yet it's this moment where he's in the most visible pain.
- There are the final few minutes when Eric has to explain to Sarah that he can't stay and take care of her shortly before the final battle. That battle culminates in him finally killing Top Dollar by inflicting upon him Shelly's final "thirty hours of pain" after having been stabbed through the gut, moments before he finally collapses on top of his own grave, and Shelly appears to bring him to Heaven.
- This is without the Reality Subtext taken into consideration.
- The opening music is tear jerking, particularly near the end of the piece.
- Sarah's voiceover at the end is particularly tearjerking for anyone who has ever lost someone close to them.Sarah: If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. Buildings burn, people die, but real love is forever.
- From a production/meta standpoint, Brandon Lee's death is an obvious one. However, a special mention has to go to Michael Massee, who played Funboy. He was the one who used the faulty gun prop that killed Lee. He had to deal with Linda Lee Caldwell's grief, he quit acting for a year, he had nightmares for years about the incident, and he never watched the finished film. And face it, the unnamed tech guy (who wasn't qualified for this work but was chosen anyway) can't feel too great either.For Brandon and Eliza.
- For the uninitiated, Eliza was Brandon's fiancé.
- Massee died of stomach cancer at age 64 in 2016, and guess what was the first thing every single article about him brought up? To sum up, this guy went through two decades of horrible guilt and nightmares for something that no decent person could ever think was his fault, and once he was gone, it was still the only thing the press wanted to bring up.