Friday, May 22, 2009

The Black Cat (2006)

Synopsis: Events that inspire Edgar Allen Poe to write The Black Cat.

Like(s): I'm currently writing a paper on Poe and his personal theory on dreams (specifically viewing "wakeful dreams" as an achievement of the profound), so when I saw that there was a MoH film based on Poe and his story The Black Cat, I couldn't resist. And I'm glad I didn't. This movie combined other stories (e.g. The Tell-Tale Heart and The Imp of The Perverse) with a short overview of Poe's later life, specifically the trials and tribulations he faced. Elyse Levesque played a dazzling Virginia Clemm and Jeffrey Combs portrayed a striking Poe. Thank you, Stuart Gordon, for taking the time to freshen up this nineteenth century masterpiece!

Dislike(s): I have no qualms with this movie. As much as I want to say 'it could've been longer,' I know this was intended to be short, and it sticks to Poe's theory of brevity, as found in "The Poetic Principle."

Candidate For Omission: No.


  1. I enjoyed this one too (though I don't remember much). I will pretty much watch anything by Stuart Gordon or featuring Jeffrey Combs, so this was already a winner for me. Glad you dug it.