The Raven

A solitary man becomes agitated as he argues with an ominous raven.

 

United States
2003
Short Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Black & White
Character Focus: 
Animal Film
Animals: 
Bird
Raven
3.04
Poetry in motion
5.04
2
5.04
3.04
1
1
2
Effects
Editing
Dialogue
This word-for-word adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale is narrated by one of two characters; four if you count the narrator and the portrait of Lenore. We spend 11 minutes in the life of an agitated man who receives a visit from a raven. This little movie looks innocent enough, until the raven shows up. Whatever preconceptions you might have had then dissipates...
In some adaptation, the raven is simply alluded to. Or we see its silhouette. Sometimes, it’s immobile, and sometimes, it’s not there at all. This one! This one looks right out of hell. It’s a well-rigged puppet that looks badass. It’s ominous, it’s beautiful, and it looks like it’s going to jump you. If it can allow you to condense your budget to afford such gizmos, a short film like this one is
The poem this is based on is terrific, granted we’re never sure whether this is a period piece or not. It’s in black and white and the setting looks timeless. All indicates that this takes place in the past, but the actor, Louis Morabito, doesn’t exactly have that Gothic vibe. The narrator’s voice doesn’t suit Morabito’s. Narrator Michael G. Sayers, by the way, has that classic Poe voice.
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