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Old 01-25-2019, 04:54 PM   #1
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Edgar A. Poe on Wednesday, 22 August 1848 in Providence, R.I.

“... all that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”
-- A Dream Within A Dream, 31 March 1849.


Films based on the life and stories of Edgar Allan Poe on blu-ray.
It will be revised regularly. I may expand the listings with correlated titles.
Suggestions are welcome. Discussion about the films is invited.


Box-sets and multi-packs:



Poe films on blu-ray:

Murders In the Rue Morgue (Paramount > Universal, 1932)


The Black Cat (Universal, 1934) and The Raven (Universal, 1935)


The Fall of the House of Usher (AIP, 1960)


The Pit and the Pendulum (AIP, 1961)


Poe's Tales of Terror (AIP, 1962)


The Premature Burial (AIP, 1962)


A Comedy of Terrors (AIP, 1963)


The Haunted Palace (AIP, 1963)


The Raven (AIP, 1963)


Danza macabra aka Castle of Blood (Italy, 1964)


The Masque of the Red Death (AIP, 1964)


The Tomb of Ligiea (AIP, 1964)


The Black Cat (1966) and
The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism (West Germany, 1967) AKA Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel / Castle of the Walking Dead.


Torture Garden (Amicus, 1967)


Spirits of the Dead (France, 1968)


The Oblong Box (AIP, 1969)


Cry of the Banshee (AIP, 1970)


Murders In the Rue Morgue (AIP. 1971)


Nella stretta morsa del ragno aka Web of the Spider (Italy, 1971)


The Black Cat (1987) - Masters of Horror, season 2 episode 11


The Haunting of Morella (1990)


Two Evil Eyes (1990)


The Pit and the Pendulum (Full Moon Features, 1991)


Edgar Allan Poe's Das Grab der Ligeia aka The Tomb (Germany, 2009)


POE: Project of Evil (Germany, 2012)


The Raven (Fox, 2012)


Tell-Tale (2012)


Extraordinary Tales ( Luxembourg | Belgium | Spain | USA 2013)


Tales of Poe (2014)


Poe films on DVD only:

La chute de la maison Usher (France, 1928)
The Black Cat (Universal, 1941)
The Mystery of Marie Roget (Universal, 1942)
The Fall of the House of Usher (1956)
Mystery and Imagination: The Complete Series: The Fall of the House of Usher (Canadian TV 1968)
The Fall of the House of Usher (Sunn Classics International TVM, 1979)
Murders In the Rue Morgue (TVM 1986)
The House of Usher (2007)
The Tell-Tale Heart (2016)

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Are you looking for titles??? Like "The Raven"????

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Films that actually adapt his stories ... or the many that used his name and titles on movies that had nothing whatsoever to do with his stories? (The Black Cat, both films called The Raven, Haunted Palace, Conqueror Worm and many other (often very good) films.) Poe has been used as short-hand for "horror" very frequently for films completely unrelated to his writing.
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Films that actually adapt his stories ... or the many that used his name and titles on movies that had nothing whatsoever to do with his stories? (The Black Cat, both films called The Raven, Haunted Palace, Conqueror Worm and many other (often very good) films.) Poe has been used as short-hand for "horror" very frequently for films completely unrelated to his writing.
You raise a good point. When I decided to start this thread I determined to
include the films based on Poe's stories and that portray him in life. There are
so many films that quote from his verse or that claim to be based on his stories
but aren't actually -- such as The Conqueror Worm / Witchfinder General --
perhaps I'll include those in a separate category. Or not. If you have suggestions
in that regard I'd like to hear them.

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Has there ever been a decent film based on the life of Poe? I've always felt that a very good film could be made.

(Not a fan of that film The Raven with Cusack)
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Has there ever been a decent film based on the life of Poe? I've always felt that a very good film could be made.

(Not a fan of that film The Raven with Cusack)
Not a film, but PBS did an 84 minute documentary called: American Masters: Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive .

It is free to stream on Amazon Prime and also available on DVD; I own the DVD, but I have yet to watch it.

https://www.amazon.com/American-Mast...dgar+allan+poe

https://www.amazon.com/American-Mast...8458705&sr=8-3
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What about the Black Cat with Jeffrey Combs? I loved that short film. Masters of Horror episode, wasn't it? https://www.blu-ray.com/dvd/Masters-...Cat-DVD/24259/
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My thanks to you both. It's always the obvious titles I overlook. I have the
Arrow blu-ray of Spirits of the Dead. Outstanding transfer of a superb
film. I can't recommend it highly enough.

I'm ordering the documentary, thanks for the alert.

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Has there ever been a decent film based on the life of Poe? I've always felt that a very good film could be made.

(Not a fan of that film The Raven with Cusack)
I agree on both points.

Cusack was a good choice for The Raven but the film disappoints on every level.

If there were a decent biopic I'd know about it. I've written a dramatization
about Poe's last days. It's not a horror film although it would look like one. I
shopped it around for years and I'm very proud of it but I no longer have
hopes of making it. Somebody will make one, one of these days.
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If there were a decent biopic I'd know about it. I've written a dramatization about Poe's last days. It's not a horror film although it would look like one. I shopped it around for years and I'm very proud of it but I no longer have hopes of making it. Somebody will make one, one of these days.
Never give up! Promote your work and yourself until your last breath! Persistence often pays off.
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That's the spirit, Vilya!
It's been over twenty years. I'm doing little chamber play-sized digital films now.

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What about the Black Cat with Jeffrey Combs? I loved that short film. Masters of Horror episode, wasn't it? https://www.blu-ray.com/dvd/Masters-...Cat-DVD/24259/
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Sometimes life comes a little too quick. I bought this film, Extraordinary Tales, back when it was released, and here we are a few years later and I just realized that it's been hidden away from me all of this time unwatched.



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Cusack was a good choice for The Raven but the film disappoints on every level.

If there were a decent biopic I'd know about it. I've written a dramatization
about Poe's last days. It's not a horror film although it would look like one. I
shopped it around for years and I'm very proud of it but I no longer have
hopes of making it. Somebody will make one, one of these days.
You have the right idea with it not being a horror film, yet looking like one. I'm flabbergasted that no one has fulfilled the potential of such a film. Everyone knows Poe. He has a worldwide fanbase. He has a compelling story to tell from his life. The film needs to be made.

Regarding The Raven, I agree completely. A very unsatisfactory effort.
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Sometimes life comes a little too quick. I bought this film, Extraordinary Tales, back when it was released, and here we are a few years later and I just realized that it's been hidden away from me all of this time unwatched.
I hadn't heard about Extraordinary Tales. It looks right up my alley. Thanks
for drawing this film to my attention.

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You have the right idea with it not being a horror film, yet looking like one. I'm flabbergasted that no one has fulfilled the potential of such a film. Everyone knows Poe. He has a worldwide fanbase. He has a compelling story to tell from his life. The film needs to be made. ...
The industry squanders so many opportunities. Like Orson Welles said, the best
movies never get made. In the independent world, same problem. The mistake
would be in trying to do a biopic of Poe's entire life. There's too much going on,
internally. One has to break his life down into phases. Then it becomes doable.
Each phase of his life is a slightly different kind of film.
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Pitch it to Netflix; they'll make a movie about anything!


I do not mean to suggest by that comment that a movie about Edgar Allan Poe does not have great potential, it certainly does, but only that Netflix is eagerly looking to make all the original content that they can.
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Castle Of Blood and Web Of The Spider. Sorta.

Two Evil Eyes.

The Black Cat - 1966 (dvd-only)

The Tell-Tale Heart - 1953, w/ James Mason, animated (dvd-only, I think?)

The Tell-Tale Heart - 1953, w/ Stanley Baker, short film (BFI streaming site-only)

Mansion Of Madness (dvd-only)

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Great thread ! Not a film but this CD is amazing if you are a Poe fan....




It has INCREDIBLE readings of Poe's work by the likes of Christopher Walken, Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry and more....
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There is also a Spanish blu-ray of The Oblong Box available (La Caja Oblonga):

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Edgar-Allan...ng+box+blu+ray


Another great thread. I absolutely love the Roger Corman adaptations with Vincent Price, and the Arrow releases here in the UK are excellent.

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