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The Raven (I) (2012)

R  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |  27 April 2012 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Charles Hamilton
Maddux (as Kevin R. McNally)
John Cantrell
Jimmy Yuill ...
Captain Eldridge
Mrs. Bradley
Doc Clements
Stage Manager
Michael Cronin ...
Old Gentleman
Michael Poole ...


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

27 April 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cuervo  »

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Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first trailer was released on 7 October 2011, 162 years to the day after Poe's mysterious death. See more »


Towards the end of the film, Detective Fields knocks over an ink bottle and empties the desk's contents haphazardly. The ink bottle lid and magnet change position between shots. See more »


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


Burn My Shadow
Written by Ian Astbury, Richard File, Chris Goss and James Lavelle
Performed by Unkle featuring Ian Astbury
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User Reviews

Very well done
27 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We liked this movie a lot. It was well staged,and filmed. It didn't drag, and made sense. It was very much in the spirit of Poe. We liked John Cusack in the role. A lot of movies seem chaotic and poorly thought out. This rolled right along, to a satisfactory Poe like ending. The credits were unique and linked to the story itself. I rarely watch horror films, but going to see a movie about Edgar Allen Poe, I expected to see the Poe story lines--he's the original horror-suspense master. They played off these elements. We generally see a movie every week, and this one worked for us. Sherlock Holmes and Hugo had a lot of mindless running around. This one had a plot that hung together. I loved the costumes, the atmosphere, and old buildings.

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