Edgar Allan Poe. film adaptations

Edgar Allan Poe and some of the film adaptations based on his works.

Edgar Allan Poe is always in fashion. Today is a new birth anniversary of this universal writer in the city of Boston in 1809. And he remains at the top of the most followed and admired authors in literature, especially in the horror genre and the Gothic novel, but also in poetry. Proof of this is that it has just been released the crimes of the academy, where he appears as a character. But let's review some of the many titles that have been adapted to the cinema earlier.

Edgar Allan Poe — Film Adaptations

Conclusion infinite those that can be found. Of all his works and throughout time, from the beginning of the XNUMXth century until now. And also with him as the protagonist. The stormy and short life of a poet was constantly reflected in a work which was also very prolific and dedicated to exorcising their own demons and those of others. So the cinema had the best subscription and more in the horror genre.

Edgar Allan Poe was also a forerunner of the detective novel with the creation of the first detective, August Dupin, in one of his most famous titles, The Murders of the Rue Morgue. And with it we begin this review of others that have also been adapted to the cinema. maybe the adaptations more recognizable and just as prolific as the original literary work, were those of the director Roger Corman for the British producer Hammer.

The most famous actors in horror movies also paraded through them, such as Vincent Price or Bela Lugosi, among many others.

The double murder of the Rue Morgue


Set in the late XNUMXth century, a sadistic doctor from paris (with the face of BElla Lugosi) is dedicated to kidnap young women to make experiments to help him confirm his theories about evolution from ape to man. Unfortunately, the victims do not survive the studies of the scientist, who is forced to capture new unfortunates to continue his work. Meanwhile, the couple formed by Camille and the young doctor Pierre live outside the doctor's plans until she becomes the next target.

The black cat 


The old woman Henrietta Winslow lives in a lonely mansion with his housekeeper and his loved ones cats. When his health fails, his greedy relatives gather to await his death.

El distribution includes names that are also well-known in the horror genre such as Basil rathbone o Bela lugosi.

The Fall of the House of Usher


There is a very old French version of 1928, but this one is better known, also directed by Roger Corman for Hammer.

Inspired by the short novel of the same name, we have Philip Winthrop (Mark Damon), a very handsome young man who is the narrator of the story and shows up one day in the sinister usher mansion for to ask for the hand of his beloved Madelinebut his brother Roderick usher (a Vincent Price who starred in or was in most of these adaptations), opposes the marriage, alleging that Madeline suffers from a disease that will soon end her life. Right after, a series of events begin to take place that will end with the destruction of the house and the Usher brothers.

The Masque of the Red Death


Set in the Middle Ages, the protagonist, the eccentric prince prospero (once again Vincent Price on the orders of Roger Corman), shuts himself up with his friends in one of his fortified properties to avoid contagion from a terrible plague —known as the Red Death— that is wiping out the population. There he organizes a masks Party in which he subjects the guests to all kinds of depraved games, from which only two innocents can escape unscathed.

The Crow


We are already taking a leap into the XNUMXst century with this film where we have a mother and daughter that appear dead in strange circumstances. The Detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) discovers that these crimes and the way in which they have happened very similar to the reported events in a story fiction published in the press. The author of these texts is Edgar Allan Poe (played by John Cusak), who at that time is still an unknown writer.

how they appear more victims and the scenarios coincide with those imagined by Poe, Detective Fields will ask for help to be able to anticipate the killer's next moves.

the crimes of the academy


The most recent film with the figure of Allan Poe is this one, which can be seen at Netflix and that has premiered on January 6. It is based on a book by Louis Bayard and in it can appear as character that investigates some crimes occurred at the military academy West Point (where the writer really was in 1830) helping Christian Bale, the detective who handles the cases.

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