Psychological horror? Nevermore.

I saw a trailer for the upcoming movie The Raven on TV yesterday. It seems to me like it would have made more sense to release it around Halloween, but I guess it is right in time for Walpurgis Night.

I read up on the movie, and it sounded like kind of a cool concept, although it’s gotten terrible reviews so far. It sounds like they have, as modern filmmakers always do, relied on the grotesque and not the cerebral to make the film scary.

There’s nothing terribly violent in the poem “The Raven”, you’ll notice, and yet it is a masterpiece. You would think that this might suggest something to present-day practitioners of the genre, but it does not seem to.


    1. Looks that way, yeah. I think it was David Lean who said something like “when adapting for the screen, you shouldn’t try to tell all of the stories; just concentrate on one central theme.” I’m paraphrasing, but that was the gist of it.

      Like you said, here it looks like they’ve thrown everything of Poe’s in, and it’s hard to see how that could NOT end up as a confused mess

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