Friday, October 5, 2012

Poe on Screen: The Raven

What can be said about Poe's The Raven?  From dramatic readings to Simpsons cartoons to movies, it has been talked and written about for years.  Many movie versions of The Raven have been produced including the 1935 film of the same name starring Boris Karloff and Béla Lugosi., featuring Lugosi as a Poe-obsessed mad surgeon with a torture chamber in his basement and Karloff as a fugitive murderer desperately on the run from the police.  

Some years later another adaptation would be produced, this time as a horror-comedy produced and directed by Roger Corman. The film stars  Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, and Boris Karloff as a trio of rival sorcerers. 

During this year's Big Read: NH Reads Edgar Allan Poe, several versions of The Raven will be shown including the 2012 version of the film, starring  John Cusack at several libraries.  When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's works, a young Baltimore detective joins forces with Poe to stop him from making his stories a reality.  Check the calendar of events for details of the version starring Vincent Price.

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