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The Raven (2012)

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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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James McTeigue
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Edgar Allan Poe
Luke Evans ... Detective Fields
Alice Eve ... Emily Hamilton
Brendan Gleeson ... Capt. Charles Hamilton
Kevin McNally ... Maddux (as Kevin R. McNally)
Oliver Jackson-Cohen ... John Cantrell
Jimmy Yuill ... Captain Eldridge
Sam Hazeldine ... Ivan
Pam Ferris ... Mrs. Bradley
Brendan Coyle ... Reagan
Adrian Rawlins ... Doc Clements
Aidan Feore ... Stage Manager
Dave Legeno ... Percy
Michael Cronin Michael Cronin ... Old Gentleman
Michael Poole Michael Poole ... Professor
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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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Taglines:

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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Details

Country:

USA | Spain | Hungary | Serbia

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El cuervo See more »

Filming Locations:

Novi Sad, Serbia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,289,642, 29 April 2012

Gross USA:

$16,008,272

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,657,751
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film posits a fictional representation of the last days in the life of Edgar Allan Poe. In reality, no one actually knows how Poe spent his last days, his death being shrouded in mystery. He was found, delirious, on the streets of Baltimore on October 3, 1849, wearing clothes that were not his own. On the night before his death, he was reported to have repeatedly called out the name "Reynolds." He died on October 7, 1849, as depicted in the film. All medical records, including his death certificate, have been lost. See more »

Goofs

In one scene, a newspaper is seen with a headline containing the phrase "Serial Killer." While the film is set in 1849, the term "Serial Killer" did not exist until well into the 20th century. Various sources state that the term was coined in either the 1960s or 1970s. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Breathless Tenement Man: It's the fourth floor.
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Connections

Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Review of 2012 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Nocturne, es-dur, OP.9
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
Arranged by Lucas Vidal
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Un "Poe" tic
19 September 2012 | by Tcarts76See 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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