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The Death of Poe (2006)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror | 11 October 2006 (USA)
A dramatic retelling of the last weeks in the life of poet Edgar Allan Poe with theories about the cause of his mental breakdown and premature death in 1849 Baltimore.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin G. Shinnick ...
Dr. John Moran
Mrs. Moran
Tony Tsendeas ...
Kimberly Hannold ...
Henry Herring
Joseph Walker
George Stover ...
Thadeus Wainwright / Zacharlah Wainwright
J.R. Lyston ...
The Irishman
Curt Boushel ...
The Proud Father (as Kurt Bouschell)
The Talented Daughter
Chuck Richards ...
The Stranger in Richmond
Deborah L. Murphy ...
Maria Clemm (as Debra Murphy)
Dave Ellis ...
Cornelius Ryan (as David Ellis)
Election Gang Leader


In late September 1849, Edgar Allan Poe was bound on a trip to New York City. Mysteriously, he was discovered several days later, raving and incoherent, in a Baltimore gutter. For three days he lay delirious in a hospital (renowned for body snatching) and there he died. To this day, the cause of his death remains a mystery. Mixing authentic recreations of Poe's life and last days with terrifying imagery from his stories, THE DEATH OF POE is a cinematic chronicle of the great writer's final journey into madness and fear. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Horror


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Wonderful and evocative
12 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film's journey through the final days of Edgar Allan Poe is a gem. It has an almost hypnotic silent film feel with its frame compositions, and its literate scripting carries the viewer along admirably.

Balanced between some fine comedic moments, as Poe tries to gain financial support for a publication he wants to launch, and his ghastly demise, are delightful set pieces and scene work - the conversation by the pier, and a well-drawn near-horror scene involving an election day.

Mark Redfield is wonderfully understated playing Poe, a man failing in his attempts to stay sober. Redfield handles the transitions with clarity and firm choices as the sometimes befuddled traveling poet arcs into more dark recesses of madness, pained memories and death presaged.

The music by Jennifer Rouse is well-composed, in places playful, and appropriate. The period is handled seamlessly without ostentation, and the supporting cast whirls in and out of Poe's fevered world in memorable turns - Wayne Shipley's taciturn Henry Herring, and Kevin G. Shinnick's Dr. John Moran are particularly notable.

Buy or rent this film and you will not be disappointed.

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