The Raven Movie 2012
The Raven is a 2012 movie that tells a fictionalised version of the end of Edgar Allan Poe's life and the events that lead up to it.
The Raven - Edgar Allan Poe
The Raven is a gothic horror movie inspired by the work of Edgar Allan Poe. The Raven tells a fictional version of Edgar Allan Poe's last days. Poe's death remains a mystery so this is fertile ground for the imagination.
The Raven Movie Trailer
The Raven - The Story
The movie title, The Raven, of course refers to the Edgar Allan Poe poem in which the bird visits a man who has lost his love.
"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,"
- Edgar Allan Poe
But this is not a dramatisation of the poem. This is a work of historical fiction in which Edgar Allan Poe himself is the lead character.
The movie draws on the works of Poe and then man becomes entangled in his own horror stories. And so does his fiancée.
Detective Emmett Fields is on the case in this gothic horror period piece.
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Brush up on your Poe before watching the movie and see what references you can pick up on.
The Raven Movie Poster
Available at Amazon
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The Raven Movie Release Date - US and UK
The Raven Movie is released in the UK on March 9th 2012 and in the US on 27 April 2012.
Fictional Edgar Allan Poe
A fictional Edgar Allan Poe also appears in another 2012 gothic horror historical movie: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
The Life (and Death) of Edgar Allan Poe
If you want to get a feel for the historical context of The Raven and the life of Edgar Allan Poe then you could try Coffee with Poe by Andrew Barger, a novel that tells the story of Poe's mysterious life.
Or you could try Matthew Pearl's The Poe Shadow which like The Raven attempts to make sense of Edgar Allan Poe's death in a fictional context.
Edgar Allan Poe Costume
The Raven Movie - Director
The Raven is directed by Australian director James McTeigue.
McTeigue's first movie as the director was V for Vendetta, which I enjoyed a lot. McTeigue can certainly do dark.
McTeigue had a long career in assistant director roles before V for Vendetta so he was already experienced.
V for Vendetta
Directed by James McTeigue
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The Raven Cast
The lead role in The Raven movie is Edgar Allan Poe himself. American actor John Cusack plays Edgar Allan Poe. Cusack is probably best known for his role in Being John Malkovich (which I love) but he's been in lots of stuff including the paranormal movie 1408 with Samuel L Jackson.
English actress Alice Eve plays Emily. We'll see Emily in a classic Poe scene, buried underground with earth on top of her coffin. Alice Eve has appeared in the TV series Entourage, the Sex and the City 2 movie and is set for more movie appearances. She was also in Starter for 10 a British film featuring the University Challenge quiz.
Detective Emmett Fields is played by Welsh actor Luke Evans. Evans was a successful stage actor before he began his movie career. He was recently in The Immortals. We'll also be seeing Luke Evans in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
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