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Extraordinary Tales (2013)

Not Rated | | Animation, Horror, Mystery | 23 October 2015 (USA)
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An animated anthology of five tales adapted from Edgar Allan Poe's stories.

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Raul Garcia

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Edgar Allan Poe (based on the stories of), Raul Garcia | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Christopher Lee ... Narrator (segment "The Fall of the House of Usher") (voice) (as Sir Christopher Lee)
Bela Lugosi ... Narrator (segment "The Tell-Tale Heart") (voice) (archive footage)
Julian Sands ... Narrator (segment "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar") (voice)
Guillermo del Toro ... Narrator (segment "The Pit and the Pendulum") (voice)
Roger Corman ... Prince Prospero (segment "The Masque of the Red Death") (voice)
Stephen Hughes Stephen Hughes ... Crow / Poe (interstitials) (voice)
Cornelia Funke Cornelia Funke ... Death (interstitials) (voice)
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An animated anthology of five tales adapted from Edgar Allan Poe's stories.

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English

Release Date:

23 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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EUR2,000,000 (estimated)
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Mélusine Productions See more »
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Color
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During "The Pit and the Pendulum" segment, the hole that forms in the floor of the narrator's cell is in the shape of the deadly blade pendulum. See more »

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(around 1h 08 mins) A tombstone giving data for Edgar Allan Poe with birth and death dates is seen; also showing a quote from one of his most famous writings but is misquoted as 'QUOT THE RAVEN "NEVERMORE"'. All publications and references to The Raven have always used the proper verbiage of Quoth instead of quot. See more »

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Death: You have devoted so many pages to my name, caressing my face with your poems, kissing my lips with your prose. All veiled love letters addressed to me. You fear me and yet you are insatiably attracted. Come with me. It's time.
Crow: No, it cannot be. I don't want to be forgotten. I was buried in a common grave. My writings were forgotten for years.
Death: You are already dead. How could you remember your own death...
Death: unless you have succumbed to my embrace? Your life is not worth living anymore. It is time ...
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A great concept, with a somewhat disappointing result
9 November 2018 | by jimjo1216See all my reviews

The idea of an animated anthology of macabre Edgar Allan Poe tales, presented in different visual aesthetics, seems great on paper. But the promising concept suffers somewhat in the execution. Despite the diverse "looks" of the animated segments, the animation is all of a similarly limited CGI variety. The film's biggest weakness is the framing device, which involves the spirit of Poe in the body of a raven having an introspective conversation with the spirit of Death in a cemetery full of statuary. The animation in the cemetery scenes is particularly lackluster (almost like flattened objects in a three-dimensional space), the voice work is uninspired, and the whole thing is set in the bright daylight, which is a curious choice for an anthology of such dark tales. Luckily, the Poe stories themselves are appropriately atmospheric, once they get going.

The movie tells five classic Edgar Allan Poe tales. "The Fall of the House of Usher" is narrated brilliantly by British horror icon Christopher Lee. The animation is fluid and designed with a stylized, quasi-geometric, "carved-out-of-wood" quality. "The Tell-Tale Heart" is accompanied by a seemingly ancient audio recording of the great Bela Lugosi ("Dracula"), and presented in a stark black and white style inspired by the work of comic artist Alberto Breccia. Incorporating long-dead horror icon Lugosi is a cool touch, but the muffled audio seems too quiet and detached from the animation. "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" (with the voice of Julian Sands) has a comic book aesthetic. "The Pit and the Pendulum", set during the Spanish Inquisition, is narrated by Mexican filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro, and the animation approximates a photo-realistic video game. The medieval tale, "The Masque of the Red Death", is told solely through its imagery (no narration), and has a watercolor aesthetic. The stories are dark and eerie, and occasionally gruesome. Some use Poe's original words, some paraphrase within Poe's narrative, and one uses no words at all.

Edgar Allan Poe's short stories are well-served in the anthology format, and stylized animation captures Poe's eerie atmosphere better than live-action ever could. This movie seems like a match made in heaven, but the animation is not entirely satisfying and the cemetery framework is a drag. Still, you can't go wrong with the works of Edgar Allan Poe, and "Extraordinary Tales" (2013) would be a nice introduction to Poe's classic stories for modern audiences.


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