Thursday, April 14, 2011

Edgar Allan Poe Comes to the Big Screen Twice

Two new films featuring Poe are now in post production. One with John Cusack as Poe in a fictionalized version of Poe's last days as he is in pursuit of a serial killer that is murdering in a fashion that mirrors Poe's stories entitled The Raven.

The other is entitled Twixt Now and Sunrise and is directed by Francis Ford Coppola and stars Ben Chapman as Poe. Coppola stated that the genesis of the film began with a nightmare, "But as I was having it I realized perhaps it was a gift, as I could make it as a story, perhaps a scary film, I thought even as I was dreaming. But then some loud noise outside woke me up, and I wanted to go back to the dream and get an ending. But I couldn't fall back asleep so I recorded what I remembered right there and then on my phone. I realized that it was a gothic romance setting, so in fact I'd be able to do it all around my home base, rather than have to go to a distant country." No plot or summary has been released yet but the cast will also include Val Kilmer.

The Church of Bones

Below is an interactive 3D tour of the Sedlec Ossuary also known as the Church of Bones located in the Czech Republic. In 1870, FrantiĊĦek Rint, a woodcarver, was employed by the Schwarzenberg family to put the bone heaps of somewhere between 40,000 to 70,000 people into order. Below are examples of the results.

Sedlec Ossuary - Kutna Hora - The Bone Church in Czech Republic

Below is a video of the Chruch of Bones with haunting music

Magnus Somnus

I have recently finished this piece and then decided to add some gray scale tones via Photoshop. Ever since I read the first two books of Anne Rice's Vampire series (I stopped after Queen of the Damned) I was always intrigued by the fact that sometimes Vampires would bury themselves for long periods, even centuries. This was purely for fun and perhaps a bit of Gorey inspired vision of a vampire locking himself away in his coffin for "the big sleep".

Magnus Somnus Redux by *PoeticCrow on deviantART

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