Check Out ‘The Raven’ Trailer, Starring John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe

The official trailer for The Raven, starring John Cusack as the real-life writer Edgar Allan Poe in a not so real story about a serial killer, hit the internet this week. Check it out below, or watch it over at Apple where it premiered.

The Synopsis:

In this gritty thriller, Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack, Being John Malkovich) joins forces with a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans, Immortals) to hunt down a mad serial killer who’s using Poe’s own works as the basis in a string of brutal murders. Directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin), the film also stars Alice Eve (Sex and the City 2), Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Faster). When a mother and daughter are found brutally murdered in 19th century Baltimore, Detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) makes a startling discovery: the crime resembles a fictional murder described in gory detail in the local newspaper–part of a collection of stories penned by struggling writer and social pariah Edgar Allan Poe. But even as Poe is questioned by police, another grisly murder occurs, also inspired by a popular Poe story. Realizing a serial killer is on the loose using Poe’s writings as the backdrop for his bloody rampage, Fields enlists the author’s help in stopping the attacks. But when it appears someone close to Poe may become the murderer’s next victim, the stakes become even higher and the inventor of the detective story calls on his own powers of deduction to try to solve the case before it’s too late.

First Impressions:

The Raven is the kind of movie you don’t get expect to get made; its weird premise alone would scare away most people from making it. For that reason alone, I’m excited to check it out. It’s definitely independent looking, some of the visuals look low-budget, but just the idea of Edgar Allan Poe hunting down someone using his stories for his serial killing is inherently interesting. It’s also been awhile since John Cusack has had something interesting to do, and I’ll always support Lloyd Dobbler. ALWAYS.

The Raven hits theaters March 9, 2012.

Any thoughts from the TMP readers? Good, bad, mediocre, “I didn’t actually watch it”?