Have you ever wondered what would happen if you transported Richard Castle to the 19th century in a time machine, set him up for a misadventure with a Sherlock Holmes of sorts, and oh say, called him Edgar Allan Poe? The answer is The Raven, a historical suspense film from James McTeigue, who directed the dystopian thriller V for Vendetta.
The film, due for the big screen on March 9, 2012, explores the theme of copycat crime where the murderer gets inspired by the ghastly gothic tales from Poe’s literary repertoire, such as The Pit and the Pendulum, The Tell-Tale Heart, and more. Poe is invited by a detective to help solve the string of murders but soon falls under suspicion himself as the perpetrator. John Cusack stars in the titular role as the famed pioneer of gothic literature, though just between you and me, I think he’d be more convincing as Poe if he had developed an opium habit during the shoot. (It’s all in the sunken eyes and dark circles.)