‘Life giver… Life taker’
Crow is a British supernatural folk horror film directed by Wyndham Price (Dante’s Daemon) from a screenplay co-written with Nick Moran, based on a stage play by Tim Rhys. It stars Andrew Howard, Nick Moran and Danny Webb.
Crow is protector of the wood. He’s lived there since ruthless developer, Tucker, brutally moved on him and his tribe from the nearby farmstead. Now Tucker wants the wood too, intent on building a mansion an ego extension of his dynastic ambition for him and his trophy wife, Alicia.
Crow will defend it with his life. The battle begins, but Tucker doesn t realise that he must contend with a boy who has the power of nature behind him. Before the day is done, he will learn the real meaning of terror and see the true cost of the woods destruction…
The film was released on DVD in the UK by 4Digital Media on 28 August 2017.
“The stage origins show in a few too many on-the-nose speeches during arguments between Tucker and Alicia, but it gets out into the woods for eerier sequences – with some striking visions of Crow in a giant wicker birdcage. This falls a bit between being a mystic/social melodrama and a full-on horror film, but the performances are good and the finale is satisfying.” The Kim Newman Web Site
“Crow has a particular mystic, ecological message but is never entirely transparent as to whether the central character is really a receptacle of his ancient supernatural heritage and being guided by an ancient spirit, or whether the stories he has been told by his elders have simply permeated his consciousness a little too far and driven him slightly mad.” Ren Zelen, The Movie Waffler
“On the whole, Crow warrants a watch. It’s a captivating, sometimes excellent, film and isn’t quite like any other. And, by the end, though it becomes a fairly typical city man vs earthy man scenario, it does so without losing its own sense of identity. For a film that tells a story hundreds of years old, that’s no mean feat.” David S. Smith, Horror Cult Films
“Besides some low quality CGI, the film’s technical aspects are pro-grade and Price’s blocking doesn’t often feel stagey, relishing in the open environs of its setting […] Part fantasy, part drama, (a tiny) part horror but all preach, Crow just spends far too much time cracking the audience over the head with its message – and no amount of flowery language can make that more palatable.” Gareth Jones, Dread Central
“In an idyllic landscape where the impulses of a self-serving, masculine modernity encroach upon the borders of a magical realist past, Price works through a dialectic between the values of pagan conservatism and contemporary progress-for-its-own-sake.” Anton Bitel, Projected Figures
- Tom Rhys Harries
- Elen Rhys
- Andrew Howard
- Nick Moran
- Jason Hughes
- Danny Webb
- Terence Stamp – The Haunted Mansion; Link; The Company of Wolves
- Emily Bevan
- Katrine De Candole
- Ben McGregor
- Nicholas McGaughey
- Maarten Dannenberg
Merthyr Mawr, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales, UK
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