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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 »

Director:

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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USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2007 (USA) See more »

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The air sung by Virginia at the piano is reputedly Poe's favourite song, "Come Rest in This Bosom" by Irish balladeer Thomas Moore. See more »

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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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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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Beautiful Dreamer
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By Stephen Foster
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High water mark for the MOH series
23 October 2008 | by seth_the_wampyreSee all my reviews

As a devout fan of the MOH series (for better of worse) I was elated when the credits rolled on "The Black Cat." I've suffered thru some awful episodes and been pleasantly surprised by others. But this one set the bar high for all the others I watch from now on. In fact, I'm even tempted to stop here just to end on a high note.

Adapted from Poe's classic, Jeffrey Combs plays the tormented author in this bizarrely autobiographical tale of terror. Combs was so brilliant in the role that I didn't even recognize him until 3/4 the way through - and even then it was only because I put the Stuart Gorndon connection together in my head.

What made this so special was that it had EVERYTHING I wanted from a MOH: Love, Death, Horror, Gore, Characterization, Location, Cinematography, and an ending which separates itself from the pack.

This was a masterpiece for the Masters of Horror series. Bravo, Gordon! Bravo Combs!


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