Synopsis of “Tales of Poe” via IMDB:

“Based on the classic works of Edgar Allan Poe – a unique spin on three of Poe’s popular stories (The Tell Tale Heart, Cask of Amontillado, and Dreams). Directors Bart Mastronardi and Alan Rowe Kelly weave together a compelling and suspenseful anthology that will captivate Poe enthusiasts and horror fans alike.”

My Review

“Tales of Poe” is probably one of the most visually beautiful indie films I’ve had the pleasure of seeing.  I’m typically not a fan of anthology movies – but “Tales of Poe” does everything right.  The acting is superb, the visuals are striking and the score is mesmerizing.

I’ve been a fan of Poe for as long as I can remember, and typically when people reference his work (whether in film or literature) its usually for his story “The Raven.” I was delighted to see that directors Mastronardi and Kelly picked stories that weren’t overly popular but still recognizable.  I have always been a fan of “The Tell Tale Heart” and I love how it was presented, with a twist, in this film.  The opening, where we meet The Narrator (played amazingly by Debbie Rochon) and the ending (where we have learned of all that The Narrator has done) of this first story is priceless and held my attention from the minute it started to the minute it ended.  “The Tell Tale Heart” is also where we are introduced to the talented Alan Rowe Kelly, who plays Miss Lamarr.  The second story of the film is the “Cask of Amontillado” where we get to see, once again, the captivating and mesmerizing Alan Rowe Kelly as Gogo Montresor and Randy Jones as Fortunato Montresor.  Both are amazing in their roles and in the telling of this story of greed, murder, and mayhem.  However, the final part of the anthology was what really blew my mind.  The telling of the “Dreams” poem was absolutely breathtaking and gorgeous and features Bette Cassatt as the Dreamer, Caroline Williams as the Angel of Dreams, Adrienne King as the Queen of Dreams, and Amy Steel as the Mother of Dreams.  The visuals were just striking and the music was on point.  It really had a lasting affect on me – words can’t do it the justice it deserves.  It’s just absolutely beautiful.

I could go on and on about how amazing “Tales of Poe” is, but I truly believe it is a film that needs to be seen and not just read about.  It’s such a breath of fresh air to see such classic stories on screen that are done in a way that is still respectful of the author yet have the artistic flair of the director.  All in all, I can’t say enough good things about “Tales of Poe,” and I congratulate both Bart Mastronardi and Alan Rowe Kelly for putting together a visual masterpiece.

In conclusion, I give “Tales of Poe” a 5 out of 5 stars.  I can’t think of anything that this film does that would deserve less than the best.  If you have the chance to view this indie film do so, as you will be in for a visual treat and some of the best renditions of Edgar Allan Poe that you have ever seen.

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