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Killing Poe (2016)

Killing Poe is a movie starring Matt Bush, Osric Chau, and Julianna Guill. Killing Poe is a dark comedy about five students in a class on Edgar Allan Poe who teach their professor a lesson in true Poe style.
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Credited cast:
... Joseph Jefferson
... Bud Polinski
... Brittany Wilcox
... Wynona Thompson
... Ashbir Brathwaite
Rick Plastina ... Dr. Reginald Reinhold Lynch
Frank Rice ... Donor
... Dean Wood
Xavier Lamont ... Brown
Nancy Sellers ... Dr. Judith Rosenburg
Reinhold Von Bolt ... Dr. Destruction
... Ralph Thompson (Wynona's dad)
... Robert Jefferson (Joe's father)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shahab Asta ... Imam
Amy Ballor ... Registrar


In this hilarious college comedy, five students find themselves in the most infuriating class on Edgar Allan Poe ever. After weeks of abuse from their professor - and a 'shroom-fueled trip with a beat-boxing groundskeeper and a TV horror host - the group plots revenge. But their "simple" plan spirals out of control and they learn the hard way what Poe's stories are really all about. Written by Anonymous

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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A scene in this movie is based on how the director first asked out his future wife. See more »


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A laugh-out-loud college comedy with a surprising ending and heartfelt charm
4 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

Killing Poe is the debut film of writer/director Nathan Jacobs. Though begins in the hilarious and irreverent style of a college comedy, it evolves into a character piece that is at once mind-bending and heartfelt.

Poe follows the story of five diverse college students (Matt Bush, Osric Chau, Cyrina Fialllo, Juliana Guill, and Sunkrish Bala) brought together by one literature class from hell. The course is ostensibly about Edgar Allen Poe, but it is taught by a world-class jerk (Rick Plastina) who cares only for flirting with students, smoking in class, and stroking his own ego.

The unlikely crew team up to teach him a lesson, with laughable and horrifying results. Effective jokes abound, but the accidental mushroom high scene is side-splitting.

The best scene by far involves the goth girl of the group (Fiallo) confronting her own jerk of a father before going to face her grim fate.

From its breathless beginning to its increasingly serious and unpredictable conclusion, this comedy teaches the students -- and audience -- about guilt, redemption, and taking risks for love.

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