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 I 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 discussion of The Hobbit's less-than-triumphant technical sneak preview, and what's coming to theaters.
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