Cinéclub de Montréal / The Film Society

The Poe Morgue: A Journey Into Fear With Film, Music and Theatre



Edgar Allan Poe


Le Cinéclub de Montréal / The Film Society (CFS)

USA, United Kingdom, Italy 2022 125 mins OV English
Genre DramaHorrorClassique

Presented by The Film Society of Montreal

No writer has influenced the horror genre more than Edgar Allan Poe. His vivid imagination has inspired hundreds of films in the last 110 years by directors such as Federico Fellini, Dario Argento, George Romero, Roger Corman, and Robert Eggers. Infused with creepiness, dread, fever dreams and ominous terror, Poe’s style is well suited for genre cinema. His stories made their way to movie screens starting in the 1910s (with one of the first German art films, 1913’s THE STUDENT OF PRAGUE, which helped inspire the Expressionist cinema of THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI a few years later) and running through the 1930s, which saw multiple Bela Lugosi/Boris Karloff team-ups. Then, in the 1960s, Roger Corman built Poe-inspired films around Vincent Price, infusing them with macabre humour and a bright colour palette.

Savvy Fantasia regulars may recall that, in 2010, the festival presented an impressive one-man play, NEVERMORE, based on the writer’s life. Co-created and directed by Stuart Gordon, it featured Jeffrey Combs as Poe, both of RE-ANIMATOR fame. What we are offering now with THE POE MORGUE is a multi-dimensional experience of vintage films unearthed from the Film Society archives, live atmospheric theatre and music. See a 1928 silent version of FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER in 16mm with live piano accompaniment and modern shorts including Dario Argento’s THE BLACK CAT (from TWO EVIL EYES) in 35mm. As an added treat, live on stage, actor James Malloch (of X-MEN: APOCALYPSE) will recite two of Poe’s most famous poems in a way that will have you spellbound. For fans of all things horror, we promise to deliver an evening of disturbing delights that will stay with you until the day you lay your coffin, buried (alive?!). – Philippe Spurrell