Masters of Horror: Season 2, Episode 11

The Black Cat (19 Jan. 2007)

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The Black Cat, set in 1840 Philadelphia, has the great writer Edgar Allan Poe, struggling with alcoholism, writers block, as well as being out of ideas, short on cash, and tormented by his ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Aron Tager ...
George Graham
Rufus Griswold
Ian Alexander Martin ...
Mr. Fordham
Ken Kramer ...
Sgt. Booker
Ryan Crocker ...


The Black Cat, set in 1840 Philadelphia, has the great writer Edgar Allan Poe, struggling with alcoholism, writers block, as well as being out of ideas, short on cash, and tormented by his wife Virginia's black cat that will either destroy his life or inspire him to write one of his most famous stories. Written by masters of horror

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Both Jeffrey Combs (who plays Poe) and Christopher Heyerdahl (who plays his rival Griswold) have starred as the horror writer H.P.Lovecraft: Combs in Necronomicon: Book of Dead (1993) and Heyerdahl in Out of Mind: The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft (1998). See more »


The tavern piano, in 1840, is riffing on Stephen Foster's "Beautiful Dreamer", which would not be written until 1862. See more »


Edgar Allan Poe: I have little sense of the world around me. Such is my genius.
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Perversity "The human thirst for self torture."
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Beautifully Disturbing
2 April 2007 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

I'm a huge fan of the MOH series, and this episode did not let down at all. Things start off pretty slowly, as we find Edgar A. Poe and his wife Virginia living in Philadelphia, with Poe trying to eek out a living as a writer and his wife staying at home and looking hot. Combs is nearly unrecognizable under the Poe makeup, but that doesn't stop him from doing the very typical Jeffrey Combs overacting, as usual, and for a short time, one begins to wonder where the horror is. My advice to you is to be patient. Because of the slow start, by the time things start getting bloody, you are so invested in the characters that you kinda wish the story wasn't so horrific. There are beautiful, blood-soaked scenes and horrific, disturbing ones. There is a murder in this episode so disturbing that I almost had to turn away. That's as big a compliment as you'll get from me. 9 out of 10.

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