Edgar Allan Poe
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This is a short film based on Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher. Interestingly, the film is a remake of sorts for director Curtis Harrington. The first film he ever made as a teenager in the 1940s was a short film based on the same Poe story.
"His death was his greatest mystery!!" That's the tagline for this film about the suspicious death of Edgar Allan Poe. Rumors of Poe's mysterious death have circulated since he was found in a Baltimore gutter in 1849. Theories have ranged from murder to epilepsy to any number of problems related to his excessive drinking.
This animated version of Poe's famous story is scheduled for release in late 2009. From the website, it looks like a cool, creepy, Tim-Burton-esque version of the haunting story.
No one does horror like Vincent Price does horror. The baritone-voiced actor stars in this adaptation of Poe's poem, in which a magician is turned into a raven. We prefer Price's straight-up reading of Poe's poem in An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe.
Actor Vincent Price sits in a chair and reads Edgar Allan Poe stories. That's it. But Price's voice is so deliciously spooky and his delivery so dramatic that it makes the film totally worth watching. (Hint: You can find most of the movie on YouTube.)
The great American Masters documentary series by PBS looks at the life of Edgar Allan Poe. The filmmakers interviewed Poe scholars and re-enacted key sequences of his works. The movie's companion website is also helpful.