Originally published in 1839, “Usher” tells of the mysterious goings-on in the house of Roderick Usher, who has recently buried a sister whose presence still haunts the house. “Ushers” will look at a grown brother and sister who have lived in the same Martha’s Vineyard house for a long time but begin to feel trapped there, and who then bring in a real-estate broker to help them resolve their crisis.
This week on Visions of Horror, Bloody-Disgusting writers Farah Al-Hakkak (ShadowJayd) and Lonnie Nadler (Lonmonster) look at the illustrious Richard Corben, and his 1985 cover for “Edgar Allan Poe: ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ and Other Tales of Terror” (as published by Catalan Communications). READ MORE
With his short story “The Murders In The Rue Morgue”, Poe gave rise to the first literary detective, Le Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin. Titan Books has put together a collection of Dupin-inspired short stories by some of the best writers in horror including Clive Barker, Joe R. Lansdale, Jonathan Maberry, and more. We’ve got an exclusive look ate Lansdale’s short story, “The Gruesome Affair of the Electric Blue Lightning”. The book will be on sale on July 26th, 2013. READ MORE
With the set-up out of the way, writer/artist Richard Corben unleashes his talents in “Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher” #2. The surrealistic artwork drives the Gothic horror to a whole new level. It’s amazing how Poe’s eloquent prose translates so well into the comic book medium. READ MORE
Richard Corben manages to draw out an eerie mood and spine-chilling atmosphere in his adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher. With Corben’s surrealistic artwork and storytelling, this adaptation brings about the foreboding element of Gothic horror. Literary enthusiasts should not be afraid to pick this up because Poe’s eloquent prose translates very well into the comic book medium. READ MORE
Brad Anderson (Session 9, The Call) continues to stack up the interesting names for Eliza Graves, his psychological thriller from Nu Image/Millennium. The tale is loosely based on one of Edgar Allan Poe’s early works, a 1945 short story titled The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether.
Now he’s roped in a couple of heavy hitters in the form of Michael Caine (pictured above; The Dark Knight, Jaws IV) and Ben Kingsley (Ghandi, Sexy Beast, Iron Man 3), per Deadline. No word as to the nature of their roles just yet.
They join the previously announced Jim Sturgess and Kate Beckinsale. “Sturgess will star as a Harvard Medical School grad who takes a job a mental institution which the inmates have taken over and are posing as doctors. He becomes obsessed with the title character (Beckinsale), one of the patients.”
Joe Gangemi wrote the script. Producing are Bruce Davey, Mel Gibson, Mark Amin, Cami Winikoff and Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli. David Higgins, Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman are executive producing.
A June 24th production start date in Bulgaria is set.
The Ghastly Award Judges are proud to announce the Winners of the 2012 Ghastly Awards. Nominees were chosen from entries nominated by their professional peers: Comic Book Artists, Writers, and Publishers. Winners were chosen by the Ghastly Awards Judges, Comic Book Creators and the Fans. The Ghastly Judicial Panel congratulates all 2012 Winners and Nominees. It is an honor to be recognized by your fellow professionals for such outstanding work in horror comics. Hit the jump for the full list of winners. READ MORE
The weird and supernatural is pulled off with gritty style in Richard Corben’s adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Conqueror Worm. On a visual level, this adaptation of Poe’s work is a highly imaginative interpretation about the inevitability of death. With just one look Corben’s artwork, these haunting images of worms and death will definitely get under your skin. READ MORE
Richard Corben is a man who has singlehandedly redefined horror comics many times over. Beginning in the 1970s, Corben contributed an insane amount of work to the “Eerie” and “Creepy” anthologies, helping to achieve his status as a mainstay in horror comics. He has since become one of the most praised and respected artists in the industry. Quite simply, if you are a horror fan you should know his work.
Recently, Corben has been working with Dark Horse Comics to adapt the works of Edgar Allan Poe. His latest book is a one-shot adaptation of Poe’s The Conqueror Worm, which is set for release this Wednesday, November 21st. I sat down with Corben to talk about working in horror comics, his love for Poe, and plenty more. READ MORE
Dark Horse has big things in the works for their horror lineup, and with their “Drawing on your Nightmares” panel announced at Comic Con you can expect a lot of new horror material flying your way in the coming year. Today, the publisher announced that Richard Corben will be adapting Edgar Allan Poe’s classic poem “The Conqueror Worm”, set for release in November. The poem is about a man who seeks vengeance but stumbles upon a horrific play instead. READ MORE
Relativity Media’s The Raven opens on Friday. It stars John Cusack (Hot Tub Time Machine), Alice Eve (Star Trek 2), Luke Evans (The Hobbit) and Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) and is probably quite a bit bloodier than you’re expecting.
Last week I sat down with producers Aaron Ryder (The Prestige) and Marc D. Evans (The Strangers) to talk about this film’s long journey to the screen as well as their efforts to stay true to the more graphic aspects of Poe’s work. Please be aware that there are spoilers contained within. I decided to include them because Marc Evans explicitly stated (and is sort of back up by historical fact) that he’s comfortable with the audience knowing this stuff going in. Not to mention the fact that this information is also contained in a title card at the beginning of the film. Still – I want to give you fair warning.
From V for Vendetta director James McTeigue , “The macabre and lurid tales of Edgar Allan Poe are vividly brought to life – and death – in this stylish, gothic thriller starring John Cusack as the infamous author. When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Poe’s darkest works, a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) joins forces with Poe in a quest to get inside the killer’s mind in order to stop him from making every one of Poe’s brutal stories a blood chilling reality. A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, which escalates when Poe’s love (Alice Eve) becomes the next target.”
Head inside for the interview. The Raven is in theaters this tomorrow, April 27th. READ MORE
Looking like it’s taking the Beastly route, THR scored the first three images from The Tell Tale Heart, the latest adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story.
The haunting tale of a man who murders an old man, and then hides his body under his floorboards only to be driven insane by the sound of his still-beating heart has been adapted into an upcoming film starring Patrick John Flueger (Footloose), Rose McGowan (Rosewood Lane, Scream, Grindhouse) and Peter Bogdanovich.
The site reports that a tale of romance has been added to Poe’s dark story for the film adaptation. Bogdanovich will play the one-eyed old man.
Director John La Tier‘s adaptation is currently filming in New Orleans. Also joining the cast is Jacob Vargas (Devil, Traffic, Jarhead), Damon Whitaker (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai) and Kirk Fox (Forgetting Sarah Marshall). READ MORE
Currently in the midst of post-production, Relativity Media has picked a theatrical release date of March 9, 2012 for The Raven… but not necessarily under that name. The distributer announced that the title has been changed to James McTeigue’s Edgar Allan Poe project for the time being (a similar fate recently befell The Dibbuk Box). It could technically revert back to its original title by the time it’s released, but odds are it’ll end up being named something like ‘Poe’.
Starring John Cusack, Luke Evans, and Alice Eve, The Raven (as it was once called…) begins with Poe’s arrival in Baltimore as a serial killer is terrorizing the city, using the writer’s stories as the inspiration for his crimes. Poe is a suspect at first, but he eventually joins forces with a police inspector to solve the crimes and save the woman he loves.
Yeesh, Edgar Allan poe has become a hot commodity all of a sudden. With a trio of movies in development, a new crime procedural TV series is in the works that will follow “Poe,” the world’s very first detective, as he uses unconventional methods to investigate dark mysteries in 1840s Boston. ABC greenlighted the period show that was penned by Chris Hollier for Warner Bros. TV and Lin Pictures. No other details are available, but it is nice to see TV headed in a much darker direction (they can;t all be “House” rip-offs).
This patchwork Argentine film is two-thirds of a trilogy originally called Obras Maestras del Terror, made in 1960 but released in the U.S. in 1965. The segment entitled “The Tell-Tale Heart” was expanded and new footage was shot for American release (in 1972). The plot involves a man named Pierre who is thrown into a foul, rat-filled dungeon with a bearded old prisoner called Sydney. The two of them escape, and Pierre meets up with his old girlfriend. Meanwhile, crazed Sydney starts murdering people. The new footage, for some reason, features clips from old Roger Corman films, the soundtrack from The Astounding She Monster, and flashbacks that tell how Sydney went to work for his creepy, nasty, one-eyed old uncle in a shop filled with loud clock.—-All Movie Guide
A woman finds herself possessed by the soul of another woman trapped inside a painting.
The fourth film to explore Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale, this clever adaptation takes some rather broad liberties with the source material. A flamboyant Jason Robards plays Cesar Charron, owner of a Grand Guignol theatre in 19th-century Paris, who is launching a stage adaptation of “Murders in the Rue Morgue” — much to the dismay of his young daughter Madeleine (Christine Kaufmann), who is tormented by nightmares filled with images from the play. A spate of gruesome murders among the theatre’s regular stable of actors leads Charron to suspect the return of his deranged, disfigured former partner René Marot (Herbert Lom), who had been presumed dead after the murder of Charron’s wife. Madeleine’s nightmares eventually come true when Marot makes his presence known and reveals his intentions to her on the eve of the production’s opening night. Director Gordon Hessler’s creative handling of the dreams-vs.reality premise is rendered a bit confusing thanks to AIP’s sloppy re-editing, but the overall production is still effectively chilling.
Sir Edward Markham is the victim of a voodoo curse which has caused his face to become horribly disfigured. He is kept captive in the attic of his house by his brother Julian. Sir Edward escapes, moves in with an unscrupulous doctor who hires grave robbers to steal bodies for his research, wears a red hood over his face, and kills a good number of townspeople before the surprise ending.
Three renowned European directors (Federico Fellini, Roger Vadim and Louis Malle) each adapt a Poe short story to the screen: “Toby Dammit,” (Fellini) featuring Terence Stamp as a disheveled drugged and drunk English movie star who nods acceptance in the Italian press and his producers fawn over him. “Metzengerstein” (Vadim) with Jane Fonda (Mrs. Vadim at the time) as a Mediveal countess who has a love-hate relationship with a black stallion – who, it turns out is really her dead lover (Peter Fonda). “William Wilson” (Malle) is a haunting story of a sadistic Austrian student (Alain Delon) with an exact double whom he later kills. Brigitte Bardot is whipped after losing a card game. Vincent Price narrates the English version.
Relatives of a recently deceased man meet at his eerie castle for a reading of the will. They encounter a sinister piano player who turns out to be a toy maker, and his toys are imbued with murderous intentions.
In the Olden Tymes, Count Regula is drawn and quartered for killing twelve virgins in his dungeon torture chamber. Thirty-five years later, he comes back to seek revenge on the daughter of his intended thirteenth victim and the son of his prosecutor in order to attain immortal life.
A mentally unbalanced man is obsessed with the idea that a black cat is possessed. He tortures and kills it. Later, he comes to believe that the cat has returned from the dead to kill him.
Some years after having buried his beloved wife Ligea, Verden Fell meets and eventually marries the lovely Lady Rowena. Fell is something of a recluse, living in a small part of a now ruined Abbey with his manservant Kenrick as the only other occupant. He remains infatuated with his late wife and is convinced that she will return to him. While all goes well when first married, he returns to his odd behavior when they return to the Abbey from their honeymoon. The memories of Ligea continue to haunt him as well as her promise that she would never die.