The Raven is a 2012 thriller films which tells a fictionalized account of the last days in the life of the 19th Century literary author (poet) Edgar Allan Poe, in his pursues of a serial killer whose murders mirror those in his stories. Let's check out this What-If slasher mystery movie here:
Plot / Synopsis
Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack) joins forces with a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) to hunt down a mad serial killer who's using Poe's own works as the basis in a string of brutal murders.
When a mother and daughter are found brutally murdered in 19th century Baltimore, Detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) makes a startling discovery: the crime resembles a fictional murder described in gory detail in the local newspaper--part of a collection of stories penned by struggling writer and social pariah Edgar Allan Poe. But even as Poe is questioned by police, another grisly murder occurs, also inspired by a popular Poe story. Realizing a serial killer is on the loose using Poe's writings as the backdrop for his bloody rampage, Fields enlists the author's help in stopping the attacks. But when it appears someone close to Poe may become the murderer's next victim, the stakes become even higher and the inventor of the detective story calls on his own powers of deduction to try to solve the case before it's too late.
The Raven is directed by James McTeigue, based on a screenplay by Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare which stars John Cusack, Alice Eve and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. Raven is slated for an April 27, 2012 release.
Watch The Raven movie trailer here:
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The Raven Film Trailer Review
And who said Hollywood has run out of ideas? Well there are still some "what-if" scenarios they can played with. Like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, The Raven also feature an iconic historical literary author Edgar Allan Poe and fictionalize his story to become a hero in a potential blockbuster Hollywood film. The question is will it "be" on the case of The Raven?
Luckily the synopsis has somehow tells us that it is not Edgar Allan Poe whose responsible for all the murders copied by this serial killer which gives me great relief. The main protagonists being the main killer has been played over and over again in most films under the thriller or mystery genre. Hopefully it doesn't pull any trick shots and will eventually make him the serial killer after all, because that would suck. The Raven trailer looks pretty decent, and those who aren't familiar with the 19th Century author will definitely get a crash course of some of Poe's usually dark literary pieces. Avid fans of Poe's published works might put this film under critical scrutiny. Hopefully the film will engage both fans and non-fans of Edgar Allan Poe in this fictitious mystery thriller film.
What about you guys? What do you think about Hollywood using popular iconic people and giving them the fictionalized Hollywood twist, a what-if story? Share your thoughts on The Raven trailer on the comments section below: