Edgar Allan Poe in Popular Culture - Film


  • The Raven (1915), is a fictionalized biography of Poe (played by Henry B. Walthall). The 57-minute silent film depicts Poe's falling out with the Allan family, his love of his wife Virginia, and a few hallucinations caused by wine, one of which seems to inspire his poem "The Raven." Poe is also depicted as owning a "negro" (as named in the film), despite being in dire poverty.
  • In The Raven (1935), the uncredited narrator of the "Spirit of Poe" ballet is clearly made up to resemble Poe.
  • The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe (1942); Poe is played by John Shepherd (later known as Shepperd Strudwick).
  • The Man with a Cloak (1951), a film in which a hard drinking Poe (Joseph Cotten) masquerades as Dupin in 1848 New York - and helps a young French girl secure her inheritance.
  • The Tell-Tale Heart (1960) depicts Poe dreaming the story. Poe is played by Laurence Payne.
  • Castle of Blood (1964) horror film directed by Antonio Margheriti; Poe is played by Silvano Tranquilli.
  • Torture Garden (1967) horror film directed by Freddie Francis; Poe is played by Hedger Wallace.
  • Gas-s-s-s (1971) had Edgar Allan Poe riding a motorcycle.
  • Nella stretta morsa del ragno (1971) horror film directed by Antonio Margheriti; Poe is played by Klaus Kinski.
  • The Spectre of Edgar Allan Poe (1974); Poe is portrayed by Robert Walker Jr..
  • Tale of a Vampire (1992) horror film directed by Shimako Sato; Kenneth Cranham plays "Edgar", Suzanna Hamilton is Virginia and her reincarnation Anne, and Julian Sands is Alex, the vampire who completes the triangle.
  • Monkeybone (2001), saw Edgar Allan Poe IV return as his namesake again.
  • The 2003 film Descendant features two distant relations of Poe, and an appearance of the ghost of Poe himself.
  • The independent film The Death of Poe (2006) focuses on the author's last days. Poe is portrayed as being forgetful, possibly as a result of an illness, and becomes a victim of cooping.
  • Twixt (2011) a horror film directed by Francis Ford Coppola features Ben Chaplin as Edgar Allan Poe.
  • In the fictional comedy film, Lives and Deaths of the Poets (2011) Poe is portrayed by actor, Greg Coale.
  • The Raven (2012) stars John Cusack as Poe, in a story about the last days of Poe's life in which he tries to track down a serial killer whose murders parallel deaths in Poe's stories.
  • Poe is an upcoming film written and directed by Sylvester Stallone. It is scheduled for a 2012 release, with Robert Downey Jr. rumored as Poe.

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