If you have ever read any of the works of Edgar Allan Poe, you know being part of one of his stories would not be a fun experience. In “The Raven,” a serial killer in Baltimore is using Poe’s works as the basis for a string of brutal murders. To track down the killer, a young detective (Luke Evans) brings in Poe himself (played by John Cusack in an intiguing casting choice).
Directed by James McTeigue (“V for Vendetta,” “Ninja Assassin”), the film also stars Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson and Oliver Jackson-Cohen.
Here is the official description:
- When a mother and daughter are found brutally murdered in 19th century Baltimore, Det. Emmett Fields (Evans) makes a startling discovery: the crime resembles a fictional murder described in gory detail in the local newspaper — part of a collection of stories penned by struggling writer and social pariah Edgar Allan Poe. But even as Poe is questioned by police, another grisly murder occurs, also inspired by a popular Poe story. Realizing a serial killer is on the loose using Poe’s writings as the backdrop for his bloody rampage, Fields enlists the author’s help in stopping the attacks. But when it appears someone close to Poe may become the murderer’s next victim, the stakes become even higher and the inventor of the detective story calls on his own powers of deduction to try to solve the case before it’s too late.
“The Raven” will be released March 9, 2012.
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