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.