|Screening Edgar Allan Poe, Master of the Macabre|
|The author's works on the small screen and the big screen
By Kat Murphy
Opening April 27, "The Raven" stars a serial killer who re-enacts the famously grotesque homicides conjured up by Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack) in his many tales of perversity. During his final drunken, drug-addled days, the writer who invented the detective genre helps the police hunt down the mocking murderer.
To mark "The Raven"'s flight, we invite you to savor some particularly tasty screen adaptations of Poe's fictions, including American and foreign fare, the oddball and the familiar, the cheesy and the chilling.
We'll tour Poe's haunted castles and tombs, his dank cellars and dungeons, where ravens and black cats materialize at every turn and raving madmen act out twisted obsessions and monstrous acts of vengeance. On the prowl through hectic masquerades and premature burials will be doppelgangers, revenants and, most especially, exotic femme fatales with monikers like Morella, Lenore, Ligeia and Annabel Lee. And have a care, for our path's littered with macabre debris, from "Berenice"'s perfect teeth to an old man's "vulture eye" to that viscous puddle that used to be M. Valdemar.