A madman tells his tale of murder, and how a strange beating sound haunted him afterward.

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One of the most discussed and imaginative cartoons of any era. It tells the famous Edgar Allan Poe story of the deranged boarder who had to kill his landlord, not for greed, but because he possessed an "evil eye." The killer is never seen but his presence is felt by the use light-and-shadow to give the impression of impending disaster. According to UPA, the art style was derived from Eugene Berman, scenic designer and ballet designer of NYC's Metropolitan Opera. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Trivia

Rumors for years surrounding this film would have it being in 3-D. However, absolutely no trade magazines list the production as being in 3-D (even pre-filming announcements and in-production articles), and according to Grover Crisp, head of the restoration unit at Sony/Columbia, the original negative bears absolutely no markings that would indicate that the film had any 3-D origins. It is speculated, based on several collectors' memories, that the myth started when super8mm editions of the film were labeled with 3-D stickers by accident, around the same time that stickers were being put on the 3-D shorts that Columbia was releasing in that format. See more »

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Narrator: [Final lines] True, I'm nervous. Very, very dreadfully nervous.
[slams hand on prison door, sound echos down the hall]
Narrator: But why would you say that I'm mad?
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Scary Stuff
24 June 2000 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I don't know how this one does not rate a 10. Outside of the Exorcist it is the only movie/film that really scared me. James Mason is masterful in this animated re-telling of the Poe classic. The still animated style and use of shadow and eery music is too good. I have to own this and show it to my kids when i get some. In the dark, there is nothing scarier than Poe.


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