The Poe Cinema

A Critical Filmography of Theatrical Releases Based on the Works of Edgar Allan Poe


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About the Book

Who can forget haunting tales like “The Oblong Box,” “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” and “Torture Garden”? This is a critical filmography of the 81 features from 13 countries that have adapted the literary works of Edgar Allan Poe. Each entry includes the title of the work, year of release, studio, full cast and credits, running time and a detailed plot synopsis. Production and marketing notes first examine the degree to which the film is faithful to Poe’s original work. Pertinent career information for the primary actors and filmmakers, anecdotes and perspectives from the principals, and an overview of the marketing of the movie are next provided. A thorough critical analysis, including contemporary reviews of the film, completes each entry.

About the Author(s)

Don G. Smith is an associate professor in history and philosophy of education at Eastern Illinois University. He has written for numerous publications, including Filmfax, Scarlet Street, Movie Collector’s World and Midnight Marquee. He lives in Riverview Florida.

Bibliographic Details

Don G. Smith
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 315
Bibliographic Info: 51 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2003 [1999]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1703-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1115-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1
Introduction      3

THE FILMS      7

Afterword      277
Notes      281

Appendix A.
Poe-Inspired Films in Chronological Order      287
Appendix B.
Poe Films by Country of Origin      289
Appendix C.
Poe Titles and Films Adapted from Them      291
Annotated Selected Bibliography      293
Index      301

Book Reviews & Awards

“excellent multipage critiques longer than those normally found in horror guides. Good illustrations…recommended”—Library Journal; “entertaining, informative, and well-illustrated filmography…Smith uses the AIP pressbooks to add authority and depth to his analysis. The book’s reference value is also enhanced by appendices listing Poe films by their country of origin and Poe titles and the films adapted from them. Recommended”—ARBA; “definitive…excellent…well researched and interesting to read”—Midnight Marquee; “incredible…superior…authoritative…highly entertaining”—Film Review; “movie stills and posters abound, along with extensive descriptions, in this complete filmography…the Poe fan can easily welcome this fine encyclopedia”—True Review; “hard to put down”—Movie Collector’s World; “a first rate reference book and a must for film scholars and horror fans”—Cult Movies; “fans interested in the history of movie adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe will be well-served by this handy new overview…sound analyses”—Fangoria; “the reader with an interest in Poe, horror films or the history of cinema will want to consult this book”—ForeWord Magazine; “in-depth”—The Intelligencer Record; “a better balanced view of Poe and film would be hard to imagine…all the detail one would hope to find, and often a good bit more…humor, style, insight, and, best of all, an obvious love for the works at hand”—Scarlet Street; “a solid reference work…well researched and carefully documented…dissects its subject matter from a variety of useful angles”—Film & History; “highly recommended…well researched…a gem of a book”—Shivers; “a useful book…an informative reference work”—Review 22; “excellent…a plethora of useful material”—Years Work in English Studies.