Before this film Brandon Lee was being cast as his father Bruce Lee or was given parts in third rate Steven Seagal rejects. This iconic role would have made him a star, if it hadn't killed him first. Shot down on the set in a reckless tragedy. Before comics were a go-to property in Hollywood, James O'Barr's dark comic was made into one of the best comic adaptations in screen history and, because it was released after his death, allowed Lee to return from the dead just as his character does.
On Halloween eve, a gang murders Eric Draven (Lee) and his fiancée Shelley (Sofia Shinas). But as the legend goes, if a soul is not at rest, a crow can bring the person back to settle his unfinished business. Eric gets this chance to comeback from the dead to seek revenge. As Eric picks off his murderers one by one, the gang leader Top Dollar (Michael Wincott, ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES) wants to know who this avenging angel really is. Helping Eric along the way is his teenage friend Sarah (Rochelle Davis) and Sergeant Albrecht (Ernie Hudson, GHOSTBUSTERS), who has been working the rough part of town for years and has seen a great deal of ugliness.