“Devil’s Night: for rock star Eric Draven (BRANDON LEE) and his girlfriend Shelly, the night they meet their brutal demise at the hands of inner city’s most notorious characters. Exactly a year later, Eric is brought back to life and granted the powers of superhuman strength and vision in order that he may seek vengeance on those who killed him – all under the watchful eye of a mysterious crow. One by one Eric seeks out the gang, who are out for another evening of mayhem and violence, unaware of the fate that awaits them.”
This brutal gothic action thriller is one of the best non-superhero superhero film’s ever. The studio wouldn’t let the director make the film in black and white so through out there’s this tremendously dark shadowy effect that makes the already dark story line seem even grittier and the whole feel of the feel is amazing.
I love how non-mainstream this is, yeah it’s a goth cult classic now, but at the time people must of wondered or thought how ahead of it’s time this film was, I mean a lot of dark gritty comic book adaptions aren’t very successful, take Punisher for example. But this is more like 1989 Batman meets Punisher. With more of a heavier narrative and more character depth.
Brandon Lee is sensational as something that isn’t a kung-fu movie, and this is the best role he ever had. It is just a shame he died during the course filming. Jon Polito isn’t as good as he usually is but Ernie Hudson does a pretty good job. Everyone else is mostly just high or frantic. Plus Michael Wincott and Tony Todd are two of the creepiest actors ever.
This brutally beautiful gothic story of revenge is superbly well made and one of the most underrated performance by Brandon Lee.
Best Line in the Film: “I guess it’s not a good day to be a bad guy, hu skank?” -genius.