The Raven

Synopsis: In this tongue-in-cheek movie inspired by Poe's poem, Dr. Craven is the son of a great sorcerer (now dead) who was once himself quite skilled at that profession, but has since abandoned it. One evening, a cowardly fool of a magician named Bedlo comes to Craven for help - the evil Scarabus has turned him into a raven and he needs someone to change him back. He also tells the reluctant wizard that Craven's long-lost wife Lenore, whom he loved greatly and thought dead, is living with the despised Scarabus.
Director(s): Roger Corman
Production: American International Picture
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
86 min

who visited these premises.

Yes, sir.

A lock... triggered by a spring.

But the nail had...

Cut, mid-shaft.

I checked the window ten times

and never found a spring.

I wouldn't have found it either


What is it?

This crime is familiar to me.



Not again, Mr. Poe.


Good morning, Percy.

Contrary to precedent, Captain

Hamilton, I've no intention...

..of asking for money.

What do you want, Poe?

I've come back to town

for your daughter.

- Over my dead body.

- Is that an option?

Poe, please.

You know I find you as revolting

as some of your stupid stories.

Some, but not all.

You look lovely today.

Get out, Poe,

before I shoot you where you sit.

And risk splattering blood and brains

over your daughter's fine silk dress?

- Out.

- Is an invitation... the costume ball

out of the question?

- Father, don't.

- Sorry, Charles.

- See you at the track.

- See you, Edgar.


Another abject humiliation.

Please! Mercy!

I have children!

Why are you doing this? Why?!

I'm only a critic!


Good morning. "Baltimore Patriot."

Mr. Poe! Your clothes.

Just beating the mudslingers to it.

Fortitude, Ivan, fortitude.

I'm afraid you might need

more than this, Mr. Poe.

- Why?

- It's a crime, a terrible crime.

Out with it, man. What is it?

Did that marsupial of an editor

dare to change my review again?

I told him not to touch it.

I told him, Mr. Poe.

Where's my review? Where is it?

What has he done?

He said there was no more room

in the layout.

No more room? No more room?

Pray tell, what fine twat

did he deem more worthy?




Where is it?

- Where is what?

- The trash bin.

That is where all this brain-sucking,

soul-warping fish wrap should be put!

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Richard Matheson

Richard Burton Matheson (February 20, 1926 – June 23, 2013) was an American author and screenwriter, primarily in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres. He is best known as the author of I Am Legend, a 1954 science fiction horror vampire novel that has been adapted for the screen four times, as well as the movie Somewhere In Time for which Matheson wrote the screenplay, based on his novel Bid Time Return. Matheson also wrote 16 television episodes of The Twilight Zone, including "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" and "Steel". He adapted his 1971 short story "Duel" as a screenplay directed by a young Steven Spielberg, for the television film of the same name that year. Seven more of his novels or short stories have been adapted as major motion pictures — The Shrinking Man, Hell House, What Dreams May Come, Bid Time Return (filmed as Somewhere in Time), A Stir of Echoes, Steel (filmed as Real Steel), and Button, Button. Lesser movies based on his work include two from his early noir novels — Cold Sweat, based on his novel Riding the Nightmare, and Les seins de glace (Icy Breasts), based on his novel Someone is Bleeding. more…

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