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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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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,008,272, 24 July 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,485,095, 24 July 2012
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Dolby | SDDS | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the Masquerade ball when Edgar Allan Poe sees Emily Hamilton descend the staircase and enter, the music inserted as backdrop is a section of the song "All Imperfect Things" from the score to "The Piano" by Michael Nyman. See more »

Goofs

When Reynolds pours the poison into the little glass, he fills it to the brim. However, when he pushes the glass over to Poe, the glass is just about 2/3 to 3/4 full. See more »

Quotes

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

Featured in The Raven Guts: Bringing Death to Live (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Album for the young, OP.39, No. 9 Waltz
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Arranged by Lucas Vidal
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Absolutely Brilliant!!
28 April 2012 | by brad_the_metalheadSee all my reviews

Do not listen to the negative reviews because this movie is brilliant. I think the main problem is that people maybe went into this movie expecting a horror movie.

The portrayal of Poe is absolutely fantastic, John Cusack did a fantastic job he is a great actor and this one has to be my favourite role that he has played.

The movie has a great pace to it. Your at the edge of your seat the entire time, the thing is though if you haven't read any Edger Allan Poe stories you might have a hard time understanding it, but it doesn't matter weather you have read them or not because the movie is absolutely brilliant. It has its intense moments but honestly you can't take your eyes off the screen it keeps you guessing whats going to happen next.

Don't listen to the negative reviews, this movie is a must-see.


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