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“The Tell-Tale Heart”: Here lies an exclusive new clip of John Cusack’s upcoming film THE RAVEN

Rachel Fox

April 17th, 2012

"A murderous vision from the original master of horror."

This new clip, "The Tell-Tale Heart", from the upcoming movie THE RAVEN, shares its title with a short story published by "The Gothfather" in 1843. Featuring John Cusack narrating as author Edgar Allan Poe, the clip pairs footage from the film with another one of his works, "The Mystery of Marie Rogêt". The visual imagery in the clip seems (tellingly, perhaps) to evoke a later work by the author, "The Premature Burial." The latter tale (1850) is concerned with a husband's unfortunate discovery that his wife's inhumation two years prior can only be described as, of course, "premature."

The fictional thriller starring "real-life" historical figure Poe is being billed as "a deadly game of cat and mouse." The anachronistic fusion between reality and fiction is borderline trendy; although I absolutely appreciate the accuracy of the former, the artful mind play required to suspend one's disbelief can also be rewarding (if one is willing to suspend it). Though I did enjoy ANONYMOUS, I must admit bias and am wary of my own ability to receive President Lincoln's skillful slaying of the undead. Clip after the jump.


The macabre and lurid tales of Edgar Allan Poe are vividly brought to life - and death – in this stylish, gothic thriller starring John Cusack as the infamous author. When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Poe’s darkest works, a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) joins forces with Poe in a quest to get inside the killer’s mind in order to stop him from making every one of Poe’s brutal stories a blood chilling reality. A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, which escalates when Poe’s love (Alice Eve) becomes the next target. /blockquote>

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