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Set in the late 19th Century, a slightly unhinged man begins to obsess about his neighbour's 'vulture eye'. He is kind to him in the day but spies on him nightly at midnight, slowly intruding into his room in the pitch black. Finally on the eighth night, a ray of light falls on the offending eye inflaming our protagonist and driving him to murder. He has so objectified his nemesis that he sees this act only as a triumph over the 'evil eye'. When the police come to investigate, he is so confident he brings them into the murdered man's room for the interview and seats himself directly above the floorboards beneath which the murdered man lies. All goes well until he begins to 'hear' a tap---is it his imagination, or is it the thud of the dead man's heart? The thud becomes a thump and then a bold tattoo---he becomes convinced the sound is audible to the police who are toying with him. Written by Brian Freeston

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Fun Version of the Poe Tale
22 February 2017 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Tell-Tale Heart (2004)

*** (out of 4)

Director Stephanie Sinclaire takes on the classic Edgar Allan Poe story dealing with a delusional man who kills an older man because of his "eye" and then cracks down as he hears the dead man's heartbeat.

I love this Poe story and with that said, I try to watch every filmed version of it that I can. The story is pretty much the same from one film to the next with just a few of them trying to do something fresh or new with the material. This one here stays pretty faithful to the story and I thought the director did a great job at making you feel the time setting in the picture. I also thought the cast did a fine job including Stephen Lord in the lead role. If you're a fan of the story then you'll be pleased by this version as it does a nice job dealing with the crazed status of the killer and his breakdown was very well done.

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