The Raven - Available October 9th

If you are looking for a new movie to plan to watch for your next movie night... 
The Raven starring John Cusack and Luke Evans head our way on October 9th...

John Cusack and Luke Evans star in this blood-curdling tale of terror that's as dark and haunting as the legendary master of the macabre who inspired it - Edgar Allan Poe.
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.

Special Features:

 Deleted & Extended Scenes
        ○ Poetry Reading
        ○ The Red Mask
        ○ Emily’s Recital
        ○ Fields Check on Poe
        ○ Poe Brings Carl to Field’s Home
        ○ Doctor Clements and Fields
 The Raven Guts: Bringing Death to Life
 The Madness, Misery, and Mystery of Edgar Allan Poe
 Behind the Beauty and Horror
 The Raven Presents John Cusack & James McTeigue
 Music for the Raven: The Team
 Audio Commentary by Director James McTeigue, Producers Marc D. Evans, 
   Trevor Macy and Aaron Ryder
 Theatrical Trailer

 Audio Commentary by Director James McTeigue, Producers Marc D. Evans, 
   Trevor Macy and Aaron Ryder
 Theatrical Trailer

Quite honestly, I am not really familiar with Poe, although I "think" we had Poe discussions in school... So, when I saw that I could post a "Cheat Sheet" with Poe facts to hopefully better understand, I had to share with you!  Hope this helps....

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 .... the most important Poe facts, including information on his most famous works, major life events and the many theories surrounding his mysterious 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.

Early Life
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.

Interesting Marriage
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.

The Raven”
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’s Death
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.

Murder Speculation
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.

*****  I was not asked to post this, just thought someone might like to know more about Poe and look into watching this movie when it comes out. *****


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