THE RAVEN, The Movie

A trailer for The Raven, a film featuring John Cusack as a fictional Edgar Allan Poe, was released on Oct. 7th, the 162nd anniversary of the writer’s death. Also on that day, the film’s director, James McTeigue as well as one of the lead actors, laid a wreath on Poe’s grave in Baltimore. The AP story about the event also notes the sad story that funding was withdrawn from Baltimore’s Poe House and it now faces closure.

It would probably cost less than the film’s catering budget to keep the museum open.

The premise of the movie is that a serial killer is mimicking Poe’s stories. At first Poe is a suspect, but soon becomes one of the investigators.┬áIt opens March 9, 2012.

The trailer includes a reference to The Pit and the Pendulum. Poe fans — can you spot other references?

(Caution: be sure to swallow your coffee before watching)

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