The Raven: The Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast – 3:17

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Tom Jones' Fans Just Throw Their Underwear on the Stage: An admirer takes his love of Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack, right) too far in THE RAVEN.

If truth is stranger than fiction, then can a serial killer inspired by the eminently strange writings of Edgar Allan Poe be said to be even stranger still? In THE RAVEN, a mad murderer has managed to engineer the deaths of his victims in ways that accurately (and in some cases, implausibly) replicate the works of one of the true geniuses of horror, and only Poe (John Cusack) can break the clues that will end the crime spree.

Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons sit down to contrast the film with its source materials and discuss whether director James McTeigue (V FOR VENDETTA) has succeeded in turning Poe’s baroque fantasies into a compelling dark mystery. Also in the show: A brief conversation of THE HOBBIT’s less-than-triumphant technical sneak preview, and what’s coming to theaters.

About the Author

Dan Persons

DAN PERSONS is a New York-based writer who first got bit by the Cinefantastique bug when he encountered the 1979 double issue devoted to the sci-fi classic FORBIDDEN PLANET. He contributed for many years to the magazine, first as a correspondent, then as an editor.

One Response to “ The Raven: The Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast – 3:17 ”

  1. The editor as conspirator? Mrs. Vorhees? Wow, you guys had a fun conversation!

    Honestly, I didn’t even notice the young lady’s overbite, but that’s probably because I was too distracted by John Cusack’s cuteness (Yowza-Yowza!) But I’m glad to hear that your thoughts on the giant pendulum’s implausibility mirrored my own.

    Oh, and FWIW, when I read the novel Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter I thought that it was going to be awful and ridiculous, but it turned out to be strangely enjoyable. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to say the same thing about the film. And hey, Edgar Allan Poe makes an appearance in THAT story, too!

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