Friday Flick: The Raven

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Official Description: John Cusack and Luke Evans star in this blood-curdling tale of terror that’s as dark and haunting as the legendary master of the macabre who inspired it – Edgar Allan Poe. Baltimore, 1849. While investigating a horrific double murder, police detective Emmett Fields (Evans) makes a startling discovery: the killer’s methods mirror the twisted writings of Edgar Allan Poe (Cusack). Suspecting Poe at first, Fields ultimately enlists his help to stop future attacks. But in this deadly game of cat and mouse, the stakes are raised with each gruesome slaying as the pair races to catch a madman before he brings every one of Poe’s shocking stories to chilling life…and death.

Unofficial Description: I wasn’t sure what to expect from this movie.  What I found was a dark, moody thriller that fits the Poe legend well.  Cusack is brilliant.  The mystery surrounding a series of murders, all based on Poe tales, is compelling and not obvious as to who is doing what or why.  I quickly found myself pulled in and trying to guess who was behind it all (I was wrong).  Excellent whodunnit, and much better than some of the other attempts recently to interject historical figures into stories like this one.  Highly recommend.

~P