In 1994, when “The Crow” wasn’t even a thing yet, Brandon Lee, who was to play the central character Eric Draven, died while filming a fight scene with co-star Eric Roberts. The scene was to involve the two actors flying off some kind of building. Roberts’ ambulance reportedly crashed as it was attempting to stop at the ramp.
It’s a terrible tragedy, and not one that you or I would likely ever think of unless it happened to us. But when the possibility of making “The Crow” made it to The Heard at High Park in east Baltimore in 1992, it was obvious that a black-and-white old Maryland movie set was the perfect location for a mix of gritty Old West noir and clean, operatic soul-searching.
The blog yaletkicks.com collects more in a post about a place — Calvert Digital — where actors can film and where they show off costumes (Luis Guzman, David Johansen, a lady from Peter Sellers’ “Pink Panther” movies). Hey, that’s all well and good, but you may never need to know about the possible demise of the film’s central character until you’re thrust on the inside of that elevator car.
Still, the deaths of what “The Crow” makes seem like a long string of characters is far from unique. And when a movie franchise (or even just a movie series) begins, it’s only natural that when it ends, there will be some deaths and/or injuries.