Famed American writer Edgar Allen Poe specialised in what could be called American Gothic - tales of murder most foul and revenge so cold and ruthless. This new film is not a new adaptation of Poe's poem or the old Boris Karloff film, but an altogether different beast. It posits that in the last few days of Poe's life, he became involved in an investigation into a series of copycat murders based on his fictional stories. It's not a new concept having Poe as the main character - the Masters Of Horror episode The Black Cat did something similar. The reliable John Cusack lends some edgy enthusiasm to the proceedings and the murders are suitably gory. It moves along at a brisk pace, although it feels slightly overlong for a horror film. There's nothing altogher memorable about the film, but for horror fans and those with a fondness for the old Vincent Price adaptations of Poe's stories like myself, it's worth a look... quoth the raven.
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