Upon discovering that a psychotic serial killer has been using his writings as inspiration, legendary author Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack) joins forces with a bright, young Baltimore detective to catch the maniac and end his reign of terror. Detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) was investigating a vicious murder when he realized the crime scene bore a striking resemblance to a mystery story that was just published in the local newspaper. The author of that ominous tale was Edgar Allan Poe, a brilliant young writer whose status as a social outcast catches the attention of the diligent detective. Shortly after Poe is questioned by the authorities, detectives stumble upon yet another murder scene that seems to have been inspired by the author's morbid writings. Convinced that the killer will once again use Poe's writings as a springboard to murder, Detective Fields recruits the reclusive author to help piece together a pattern to the crimes and stop the madman before he can strike again. Brendan Gleeson and Alice Eve co-star in this tense period thriller from director James McTeigue (V for Vendetta). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
This film was 1 of the darkest, muddiest, murkiest, dreariest lit movies I've ever seen. Millions spent on set design & dressing, costumes, & special visual effects, all obscured by little more than candle lighting. Some sequences so dark, I couldn't tell you what went on. Beyond that huge negative, the film was fairly blah.
Where did this "fairy story" come from ???? The only redeemable qualities of this movie were the old, gothic set designs and the 19th century clothing designer. The supporting actors were pretty good. But the rest of it is a complete fabrication of the life of Poe - - I do NOT know what the heck this movie was trying to prove. Artistic BS ?? Seriously.
For those who don't know or can't figure it out... this was a fiction movie based off the last few days of Poe's life. Those events really are unknown and they created this story around them, along with the cause of death. I thought that was very creative. I thought the set was great, the script was great, and the acting. It's not as scary as I anticipated. It's a mystery, so suspense is expected. Then there is some gore.
Bravo to John Cusack and Luke Evans
such great acting. If you love thrillers for Halloween this year, this is a classic to watch, everything about this movie is a joy to watch even the gore, excellent script and top notch acting by all and James McTeigue rocks as Director!!!!