New trailer lands for The Raven

John Cusack gets in a flap

A new international trailer has been released for period horror movie The Raven, and it’s stuffed to the brim with grisly, gothic chills.

The film sees John Cusack star as Edgar Allan Poe, the renowned author of macabre horror and detective fiction. When a serial murderer appears to have drawn inspiration from Poe’s stories, Luke Evans’ determined detective enlists the writer to help bring the guilty party to justice.

However, it soon becomes clear that Poe himself is a target, along with his beautiful girlfriend (Alice Eve). Take a look at the new trailer below…



It’s essentially a truncated version of the original US trailer, a more streamlined teaser that gives away a little less plot-wise, but makes plenty of room for the film’s grislier pleasures.

Its good to see a healthy number of Poe references dotted throughout the trailer, most notably for The Pit And The Pendulum, The Masque Of The Red Death, and of course, The Raven itself. We’re not quite so sure about casting Poe as a full-on action hero (“I’ll send you to hell!”), but there’s some nicely knowing humour on display when Evans questions Cusack as to whether many of his stories end in murder…

The Raven will be released in UK cinemas on 9 March 2012. 

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