The best Edgar Allan Poe adaptations

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1. The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror

A European prince terrorizes the local peasantry while using his castle as a refuge against the "Red Death" plague that stalks the land.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Hazel Court, Jane Asher, David Weston

Votes: 11,253

2. Kyvadlo, jáma a nadeje (1984)

15 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

A horrifying, surrealist version of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum" directed by the masterful animator Jan Svankmajer.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Star: Jan Zácek

Votes: 824

3. Zánik domu Usherú (1982)

15 min | Animation, Short, Horror

In this animated version of Edgar Allan Poe's story, a traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to find that the sibling inhabitants are living under a mysterious family curse: The brother's ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Star: Petr Cepek

Votes: 639

4. Lunacy (2005)

Not Rated | 118 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

63 Metascore

A man takes up residence with a mysterious marquis and is soon persuaded to enter into an asylum for preventative therapy. Things are not what they seem, and the marquis may be even more sinister than what the young man may've predicted.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Jan Tríska, Pavel Liska, Anna Geislerová, Martin Huba

Votes: 3,289 | Gross: $0.05M

5. The Tell-Tale Heart (1941)

Approved | 20 min | Crime, Mystery, Short

In this classic Edgar Allan Poe story, a man commits a murder, but afterward the victim's beating heart torments the murderer's mind.

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Joseph Schildkraut, Roman Bohnen, Oscar O'Shea, Will Wright

Votes: 763

6. The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)

Unrated | 13 min | Short, Horror

A traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to find that the sibling inhabitants, Roderick and Madeline Usher, are living under a mysterious family curse: Roderick's senses have become ... See full summary »

Directors: James Sibley Watson, Melville Webber | Stars: Herbert Stern, Hildegarde Watson, Melville Webber, Friedrich Haak

Votes: 1,120

7. Phantom of the Rue Morgue (1954)

Approved | 83 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

When several women are found mutilated and murdered, the Paris police are baffled as to who the killer may be. All evidence points to Dupin, but soon it becomes apparent that it is someone (or something) stronger and deadlier than a human.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Karl Malden, Claude Dauphin, Patricia Medina, Steve Forrest

Votes: 727 | Gross: $1.45M

8. The Pit and the Pendulum (1964 TV Short)

37 min | Short, Horror

Adaptation of Edgar Poe's The Pit and the Pendulum.

Director: Alexandre Astruc | Star: Maurice Ronet

Votes: 92

9. The Pit and the Pendulum (2007)

7 min | Animation, Short

Rediscovers a tale of judgment, condemnation, hope, faith and redemption.

Director: Marc Lougee | Star: Peter Cugno

Votes: 27

10. Tales of Terror (1962)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

68 Metascore

Three tales of terror involve a grieving widower and the daughter he abandoned; a drunkard and his wife's black cat; and a hypnotist who prolongs the moment of a man's death.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Maggie Pierce, Leona Gage, Peter Lorre

Votes: 5,813

11. House of Usher (1960)

Not Rated | 79 min | Drama, Horror

75 Metascore

Upon entering his fiancée's family mansion, a man discovers a savage family curse and fears that his future brother-in-law has entombed his bride-to-be prematurely.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Mark Damon, Myrna Fahey, Harry Ellerbe

Votes: 11,036

1 Golden Globe Award winner (Most Promising Newcomer - Mark Damon)

12. The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A man's obsession with his dead wife drives a wedge between him and his new bride.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Elizabeth Shepherd, John Westbrook, Derek Francis

Votes: 4,909

13. Fool's Fire (1992 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

A crippled dwarf is forced to become jester to a tyrannical king, but when the king abuses a beautiful dwarf with whom the jester is in love the jester plots a terrible revenge.

Director: Julie Taymor | Stars: Michael J. Anderson, Mireille Mossé, Tom Hewitt, Paul Kandel

Votes: 87

14. Extraordinary Tales (2013)

Not Rated | 73 min | Animation, Horror, Mystery

59 Metascore

An animated anthology of five tales adapted from Edgar Allan Poe's stories.

Director: Raul Garcia | Stars: Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Julian Sands, Guillermo del Toro

Votes: 2,738

15. Mystery of Marie Roget (1942)

Approved | 61 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A detective tries to unravel the strange circumstances surrounding the death of a young actress.

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Patric Knowles, Maria Montez, Maria Ouspenskaya, John Litel

Votes: 139

16. Premature Burial (1962)

Unrated | 81 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

An artist grows distant from his new wife as an irrational horror of premature burial consumes him.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Ray Milland, Hazel Court, Richard Ney, Heather Angel

Votes: 3,307 | Gross: $1.25M

17. The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1986 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Crime, Mystery, Horror

A detective comes out of retirement to help his daughter's fiance prove that he did not commit a series of murders.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: George C. Scott, Rebecca De Mornay, Ian McShane, Neil Dickson

Votes: 944

18. Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

78 Metascore

In the sixteenth century, Francis Barnard travels to Spain to clarify the strange circumstances of his sister's death after she had married the son of a cruel Spanish Inquisitor.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, John Kerr, Luana Anders

Votes: 11,564 | Gross: $2.00M

19. Spirits of the Dead (1968)

R | 121 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Anthology film from three European directors based on stories by Edgar Allan Poe: a cruel princess haunted by a ghostly horse, a sadistic young man haunted by his double, and an alcoholic actor haunted by the Devil.

Directors: Federico Fellini, Louis Malle, Roger Vadim | Stars: Jane Fonda, Brigitte Bardot, Alain Delon, Terence Stamp

Votes: 5,149

20. The Tell-Tale Heart (I) (1953)

Passed | 8 min | Animation, Short, Crime

A madman tells his tale of murder, and how a strange beating sound haunted him afterward.

Director: Ted Parmelee | Star: James Mason

Votes: 1,675

1 Academy Award nomination (Best Short, Cartoons)

21. Bérénice (1954)

15 min | Short

A man becomes obsessed with his fiance's teeth.

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Teresa Gratia, Éric Rohmer

Votes: 85

22. Two Evil Eyes (1990)

R | 120 min | Horror

61 Metascore

Two horror tales based on short stories by Edgar Allan Poe directed by two famous horror directors, George A. Romero and Dario Argento. A greedy wife kills her husband, but not completely. A sleazy reporter adopts a strange black cat.

Directors: Dario Argento, George A. Romero | Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Harvey Keitel, Ramy Zada, Bingo O'Malley

Votes: 5,653 | Gross: $0.35M

23. The Pit and the Pendulum (1991)

R | 97 min | Horror, Romance

Horror film set in 1492 Toledo, Spain, depicting the cruel deeds of a monk named Torquemada, Grand Inquisitor of the Spanish Inquisition.

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Lance Henriksen, Stephen Lee, William Norris, Mark Margolis

Votes: 3,802 | Gross: $0.00M

24. Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972)

Not Rated | 97 min | Thriller

A series of murders are committed near the estate of a degenerate author and his wife.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: Edwige Fenech, Anita Strindberg, Luigi Pistilli, Ivan Rassimov

Votes: 2,737

25. Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)

Passed | 61 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A mad scientist seeks to mingle human blood with that of an ape, and resorts to kidnapping women for his experiments.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Sidney Fox, Leon Ames, Bert Roach

Votes: 3,379

26. Manfish (1956)

Not Rated | 76 min | Adventure

Three deep sea divers get involved in murder while searching for a lost treasure.

Director: W. Lee Wilder | Stars: John Bromfield, Lon Chaney Jr., Victor Jory, Barbara Nichols

Votes: 216

27. Masque of the Red Death (1989)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

With a deadly plague ravaging his Renaissance kingdom, Prince Prospero invites his friends to retire to the protection of his castle for ongoing revels, leaving the peasantry to die. But ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Brand | Stars: Patrick Macnee, Adrian Paul, Clare Hoak, Jeff Osterhage

Votes: 284

28. The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism (1967)

M | 80 min | Horror, Mystery

In the Olden Tymes, Count Regula is drawn and quartered for killing twelve virgins in his dungeon torture chamber. Thirty-five years later, he comes back to seek revenge on the daughter of ... See full summary »

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Lex Barker, Karin Dor, Christopher Lee, Carl Lange

Votes: 1,209

29. The Raven (1963)

G | 86 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

A magician, who has been turned into a raven, turns to a former sorcerer for help.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Hazel Court

Votes: 9,672



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