Extraordinary Tales

Synopsis: An animated anthology of 5 stories adapted from Edgar Allan Poe.
Director(s): Raul Garcia
  4 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.5
Metacritic:
59
NOT RATED
Year:
2013
73 min
175 Views


when I must abandon

life and reason together,

in some struggle

with the grim phantasm...

...fear.

But what do you fear, Roderick?

I must know what

is it that torments

your every moment.

I admit that

much of the peculiar gloom which

afflicts me could be traced

to a severe

and long continued illness.

I speak of my tenderly

beloved sister, Madeline.

My sole companion

for so many long years,

my last

and only relative on earth.

Roderick spoke with

such bitterness,

which made me shudder.

And yet, I could tell

of his complete devotion

towards his sister.

Madeline...

Her decease

will leave me as the last

of the ancient

race of the Ushers.

His voice trembled

as he recounted how even in

her youth, Madeline would fear

the outside world.

Roderick loved his sister

for her purity,

but the foreboding doom

was forever present.

The Usher's life of loneliness

will mean there will be no heir.

But on the closing in

of the evening of my arrival

at the house,

she succumbed

to the prostrating power

of the destroyer.

She is dead!

Madeline has died!

She has left me!

At the request of

Roderick Usher,

I personally aided him

in the arrangements

for the temporary entombment.

And now,

some days of bitter grief

having elapsed,

an observable change

came over the features of the

mental disorder of my friend.

At times, again, I was

obliged to resolve all

into the mere inexplicable

vagaries of madness.

For I beheld him

gazing upon vacancy

for long hours,

in an attitude

of the profoundest attention,

as if listening to some

imaginary sound.

It was no wonder

that his terrifying condition

was creeping upon me,

the wild influence

of his fantastic

yet impressive superstitions.

And you have not seen it?

Then you shall!

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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (; born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story. Poe is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.Poe was born in Boston, the second child of two actors. His father abandoned the family in 1810, and his mother died the following year. Thus orphaned, the child was taken in by John and Frances Allan of Richmond, Virginia. They never formally adopted him, but Poe was with them well into young adulthood. Tension developed later as John Allan and Edgar repeatedly clashed over debts, including those incurred by gambling, and the cost of secondary education for the young man. Poe attended the University of Virginia but left after a year due to lack of money. Poe quarreled with Allan over the funds for his education and enlisted in the Army in 1827 under an assumed name. It was at this time that his publishing career began, albeit humbly, with the anonymous collection Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827), credited only to "a Bostonian". With the death of Frances Allan in 1829, Poe and Allan reached a temporary rapprochement. However, Poe later failed as an officer cadet at West Point, declaring a firm wish to be a poet and writer, and he ultimately parted ways with John Allan. Poe switched his focus to prose and spent the next several years working for literary journals and periodicals, becoming known for his own style of literary criticism. His work forced him to move among several cities, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. In Richmond in 1836, he married Virginia Clemm, his 13-year-old cousin. In January 1845, Poe published his poem "The Raven" to instant success. His wife died of tuberculosis two years after its publication. For years, he had been planning to produce his own journal The Penn (later renamed The Stylus), though he died before it could be produced. Poe died in Baltimore on October 7, 1849, at age 40; the cause of his death is unknown and has been variously attributed to alcohol, "brain congestion", cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, and other agents.Poe and his works influenced literature in the United States and around the world, as well as in specialized fields such as cosmology and cryptography. Poe and his work appear throughout popular culture in literature, music, films, and television. A number of his homes are dedicated museums today. The Mystery Writers of America present an annual award known as the Edgar Award for distinguished work in the mystery genre. more…

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