Set in the mid 1800’s in Philadelphia, this is based on the Poe short story in which he is the main character, struggling with alcoholism and writer’s block. As his wife becomes deathly ill, cash runs out, and Poe still can’t write, his wife’s cat begins to torment him. Will the cat inspire him to write another grand story or destroy him?
Jeffrey Combs (Edgar Allan Poe), Elyse Levesque (Virginia Poe), Aron Tager (George), Ian Alexander Martin (Mr. Fordham).
This story is an interesting look at what may have inspired Poe to write the things he did. It has been a long time since I read the original story but from what I can remember, this film seems to do a fairly decent job of respecting the original and Poe’s other writings as well. I’ve also seen this story done before and this is one of the better versions I can remember. The film did a great job conveying the sense of despair and chaos in Poe’s life and the psychological detours were very nicely done.
Combs did a great job playing Poe, with good emotion and such strong delivery it was almost disturbing. Levesque also did a wonderful job and seemed to have decent chemistry with Combs. Supporting actors also did very nicely.
Sets, wardrobe, and dialogue were all wonderful presenting a consistent and (I believe) fairly accurate portrayal of the period. Camera work and sound were also nicely done. Special effects were excellent and centered mostly around the cat. Although graphic at times, they were needed to pull off the story and didn’t detract from it in any way in my opinion.
Compared to other Master’s of Horror entries I would say this one is better than most and deserves a spot toward the top of your Must See list.
I don’t recall any nudity or excessive foul language but, there are some graphically violent scenes of animal brutality so think twice before allowing younger viewers to watch this one.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Horror, Creature Features, Psychological Thrillers, Made-for-TV Movies
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