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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.

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Maddux (as Kevin R. McNally)
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Storyline

This movie is set in the mid 1800s and involves poet Edgar Allan Poe. A serial killer is on the loose and murdering people using Poe's descriptions from his published stories and poems. Poe teams up with Detective Fields, a Baltimore policeman to try and catch the killer by using his knowledge of the descriptions. Even though the stories are fictional, they start to become reality and the killer is a step ahead of them. Then it takes on a personal note as Poe's lover becomes a target. Will they stop the killer in time? Written by Michael Hallows Eve

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The only one who can stop a serial killer is the man who inspired him.


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Rated R for bloody violence and grisly images | See all certifications »

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27 April 2012 (USA)  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,289,642 (USA) (27 April 2012)

Gross:

$16,005,978 (USA) (6 July 2012)
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Trivia

Some scenes were shot on the same sets as the BBC Jonas Armstrong starring version of Robin Hood (2006). See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene of the movie, it says Edgar Allan Poe was found near death on a park bench in Baltimore, Maryland on October 7, 1849. However, it is known he was hospitalized days before on October 3, 1849, and did not die until the seventh of October. See more »

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[first lines]
Breathless Tenement Man: It's the fourth floor.
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Referenced in Midnight Movie Review: The Raven (2012) See more »

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Burn My Shadow
Written by Ian Astbury, Richard File, Chris Goss and James Lavelle
Performed by Unkle featuring Ian Astbury
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Un "Poe" tic
19 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's a 6 for me. If you are going to make a fictional movie about a real character I think you should really just go for it, make it original, and use some imagination. Edgar Allen Poe seems like a great character to use as inspiration for a very dark, evil, twisted movie. This wasn't one of those.

Cusack as Poe, was OK, not great, not horrible but just OK. The story is one I have seen a few times before. The whole author writes something, serial killer uses it as a blueprint, suddenly the writer is called in and that was the killers plan all along and it becomes personal. Yawn. There was so much potential for this movie, and they turned it in to a played out old story line.

It wasn't bad. After the first ten minutes I figured the rest was going to be a torture to watch. It did get somewhat better, but never rose above OK.


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