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Blu-ray Review: Universal Horror Collection: Vol. 1
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Universal Horror Collection: Vol. 1
Blu-ray
Directors: Edgar G. Ulmer, Lew Landers, Lambert Hillyer
Writers: Peter Ruric, David Boehm, John Colton
Cast: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Julie Bishop, Irene Ware, Samuel S. Hinds, Walter Kingsford, Frances Drake
Distributor: Scream Factory
Not Rated
Runtimes: 66 / 61 / 79 / 70 Minutes
Release Date: June 18, 2019

Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi created some of the most iconic characters in cinematic history. Their unforgettable performances as Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster terrified a generation of moviegoers. Now, Scream Factory pays tribute to these legendary actors with Universal Horror Collection: Vol. 1.

In this 4-disc set, you’ll find The Black Cat (1934), The Raven (1935), The Invisible Ray (1936), and Black Friday (1940). On Blu-ray for the first time, these films are presented in high-definition with a brand new 2K scan from the original film elements and the collection comes loaded with new audio commentaries and featurettes.

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Comic Review: The Raven and The Red Death
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The Raven and the Red Death
One-Shot
Written by Richard Corben
Illustrated by Richard Corben
Lettered by Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover by Richard Corben
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: October 30, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

Readers like Edgar Allan Poe’s work for the way it makes them feel; for how it sucks them into his worlds and sneakily crawls under their skin. Poe’s tales and poetry — including both The Raven and The Mask of the Red Death — settle slowly and move along naturally, allowing mystery, wonder and thrill to develop in one’s mind before the real horror appears.

Dark Horse’s site describes Richard Corben‘s adaptation for Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven and The Red Death as “terrifying.” The only issue is, they aren’t scary. Corben utilizes his recurring character of “Mag the Hag” as a traveler who ends up looping through or walking in on the stories. Before I researched who Mag was, my only introduction to her was on the cover page (very nicely drawn by Corben) and on page one of the comic, where she interrupts the narrator’s musings in The Raven with the cheeky line: “The weather has put young Arnold in a melancholy mood, leading him to grimly narrate his own evening in verse.” Now, in casual conversation, this might be a humorous detail to note about The Raven, but in terms of the story, it disrupts any possibility of the reader getting involved or spooked at all.

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Prophets Of Fiction: Famous Authors Characterized As Their Books
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They say you can’t judge a book by its cover. But what if you could judge an author by his or her book?

Artist Selin Arisoy sent us a gallery of images that she created where she took the visage of a handful of timeless fiction authors and characterized them as their famous novels. H.P. Lovecraft as The Call of Cthulhu, Edgar Allan Poe as The Raven, Ray Bradbury as Fahrenheit 451, Mary Shelley as Frankenstein, and Frank Herbert as Dune.

Check them all out below.

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On The 162nd Anniversary Of Edgar Allan Poe’s Death, ‘The Raven’ Gets An Official Trailer
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On this day 162 years ago, famed author and poet Edgar Allan Poe died.

In celebration of his life and his works, as well as the upcoming new Poe movie starring John Cusack in the lead, titled The Raven, an event was held in Baltimore, Maryland including director James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin) and co-star Luke Evans (Immortals, Robin Hood) meeting with press and members of the Poe House and Museum.

Also in conjunction with the anniversary and event, the official trailer for The Raven has been officially released online after debuting last night on G4’s Attack of the Show.

You can check out the trailer as well as some unusual facts about Poe by continuing on over to the other side now.

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SDCC 2011: First Trailer From ‘The Raven’ Debuts
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James McTeigue, director of The Raven, made an appearance at the Relativity Media panel today at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 to debut the trailer for the upcoming thriller. Also on the panel were stars John Cusack, Alice Eve, and Luke Evans. They all talked about filming the movie in Serbia during winter and also about their research regarding Poe’s life and his stories. Alice Eve talked about getting mouthfuls of dirt while filming her “buried alive” scenes.

The film revolves around the last five days of author Edgar Allan Poe‘s life in the mid-1800s in Baltimore. In real life, little is known about those days, so the filmmakers took the liberty of turning that time into a murder-mystery based on Poe’s actual stories. In The Raven, Poe (played by John Cusack) must team up with a young inspector detective (Luke Evans) to find a serial killer who’s murdering his victims based on events from Poe’s macabre tales.

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