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The Black Cat 

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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Stuart Gordon

Writers:

Mick Garris (creator), Dennis Paoli (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Elyse Levesque ... Virginia Poe
Jeffrey Combs ... Edgar Allan Poe
Aron Tager ... George Graham
Patrick Gallagher ... Barman
Christopher Heyerdahl ... Rufus Griswold
Ian Alexander Martin Ian Alexander Martin ... Mr. Fordham
Ken Kramer ... Doctor
Eric Keenleyside ... Sgt. Booker
Ryan Crocker Ryan Crocker ... Policeman
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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 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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Horror

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Trivia

Jeffrey Combs is exactly twice as old as Elyse Levesque. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Edgar Allan Poe: I have little sense of the world around me. Such is my genius.
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Crazy Credits

Perversity "The human thirst for self torture."
  • E.A.Poe
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Referenced in Unique Congratulation (2014) See more »

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Come Rest in This Bosom
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By Thomas Moore
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Behind the Madness
22 June 2010 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

Combs is just perfect. I don't have a clue, if that's how Poe looked like, but the portrayal that Combs gives to this man and the way it is handled by the director is just great. I really loved it (despite the fact, that the ending might kill some buzz for quite a few people, who might not like the way it concludes).

This is how crazy people work you could say. And while I have seen quite a few attempts to capture the essence of Poes short stories, it seems refreshing to watch it from the point of Poe's view. While he was great writer, he also was human. And that is what Combs captures greatly with his performance. Every facade of him, even if most of it might not be entirely true (again, I'm not a Poe scholar or anything), this is highly entertaining. I can't account for any biographical mistakes that are being made here. But if you notice any, hopefully you won't mind too much, because although this is about Poe, it's also meant to be a fictional Masters of Horror episode. A good one at that ...


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19 January 2007 (USA) See more »

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