I haven't gotten to see the new Raven feature. I was supposed to go with a buddy, but life got in the way and so I've pretty much heard everything about it second hand. Good, bad... drunken. I'll be providing a review as soon as I pick it up and will make sure to keep my opinions mine rather than then hearsay of others or the best-guesses I can make. I'm a John Cusack fan as much as I'm a horror fan. He's one of my favorite non-horror actors. Either way he looks perfect.
From the folks at Fox:
Directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin), the film also stars Alice Eve (Sex and the City 2), Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Faster). When a mother and daughter are found brutally murdered in 19th century Baltimore, Detective Emmett Fields (Luke 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.
Aside from that, Fox has offered up a new interactive map of the city of Baltimore from the movie. This is great for fans of the movie or fans of Poe... probably fans of Baltimore and maybe... just maybe... fans of John Waters. I'm sure if you want the full experience it would be best to grab a bottle o' booze and put a few back before "walking the streets" on the interactive map, but you see what it MAY have done for Poe himself.
Here's a preview of the map:
To enjoy the fully functional version hope over HERE and give it a whirl. Maybe you'll even learn something.
Make sure to pick up the Blu Ray or the DVD October 9th which is timed to be very close to Poe's death October 7th, 1845. Available pretty much everywhere including Amazon.
Below I wanted to include something fun that was sent over along with this interactive map. It's a Dummy's Guide to Poe. This will serve as a great refresher or an in depth introduction to the master of horror.
Edgar Allan Poe Comes To Life In This Dark Thriller Available on Blu-ray and DVD October 9th
Some of the references in The Raven may have been lost to those who don't know much about the great Edgar Allan Poe. Here, we will create a cheat sheet with the most important Poe facts, including information on his most famous works, major life events and the many theories surrounding his mysterious death.
Baltimore, 1849. While investigating a horrific double murder, police detective Emmett Fields (Evans) makes a startling discovery: the killer's methods mirror the twisted writings of Edgar Allan Poe (Cusack). Suspecting Poe at first, Fields ultimately enlists his help to stop future attacks. But in this deadly game of cat and mouse, the stakes are raised with each gruesome slaying as the pair races to catch a madman before he brings every one of Poe's shocking stories to chilling life...and death.
Edgar “Allan” Poe
Edgar Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1809. He was sent to a foster home in Richmond, Virginia at the age of two following his mother’s death. His foster family’s last name was Allan, which they added to Edgar’s full name.
Prior to being a full time writer, Poe attended university for one year and served in the U.S. Army for two years. Following his discharge from the military, Poe struggled through different financial matters with his foster father, and eventually was disowned by the family.
Father of “Writer” as Occupation
Before Poe, writing was not considered a credible career path to make a living. His short stories and poems were published in several different periodicals and magazines in major cities including Philadelphia, New York, and Baltimore.
Inventor of Detective Fiction Genre
Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Arthur Morrison – all famous detective authors – have Poe to thank since he is credited as writing the first detective novel. He wrote several mystery tales featuring the fictional character C. Auguste Dupin, who became a framework for the creation of some of the most famous fictional detectives, including Sherlock Holmes.
American Romantic Movement
Poe wrote prose, short stories, and poems during the American Romantic Movement in the 19th century. This movement took on a more liberal tone to contrast the elitist views of transcendentalism, a genre that Poe harshly criticized.
“MS. Found In a Bottle”
One of Poe’s first publications was a short story about a man’s journey at sea. It was chosen as the winner of a writing contest given by the weekly periodical, the Baltimore Saturday Visiter, and launched Poe’s career into the public eye.
Poe married his 13 year-old cousin Virginia Clemm in secret when he was 27. The couple had a public ceremony one year later and remained married until Virginia’s death from tuberculosis at the young age of 24. Rumor has it that the couple treated one another as if they were brother and sister rather than lovers.
Poe’s most famous work is a narrative poem about a young lover who converses with a raven as he mourns over his lost love, Lenore. The poem made Poe into a national celebrity once it was published under his name in 1845. The poem consists of dark themes including grief and death. Also, the poem has several allusions to Greek mythology, black magic, English literature, and the Bible.
Poe died at the age of 40 on Sunday, October 7, 1849 at the Washington College Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He was taken to the hospital after being found in the streets in complete delirium and wearing clothes that didn’t belong to him.
Medical Theories of Death
Poe’s death certificate and final medical records are forever lost, leaving the cause of his death a mystery. Some theories include “the shakes” as a result of alcoholism, heart disease, epilepsy, syphilis, meningitis, cholera and rabies.
Others believe that Poe may have been a victim of “cooping”, a practice in which election gangs caught people who refused to vote and held them in a coop, forcing them to consume alcohol or drugs until they agreed to cooperate. If the prisoner didn’t vote, then he would be killed, which may have been the case for Poe.