DVD: The Raven

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Washed up as an author, Edgar Allen Poe is forced to turn detective when a Baltimore serial killer starts lifting murder methods from his own macabre stories.

John Cusack enjoys himself as the hard-drinking Poe, and it's fun to see this gimmicky horror-thriller treat his oeuvre as the model for Seven and Saw. But neither the screenwriters, nor the film's villain have come up with a more compelling reason for the gory crimes.