This sort of film is something for a neo-Victorian freak like myself to be stoked about for several reasons, as I have enjoyed a good Poe story for many a year now. Despite the seemingly slasher aspects of this story, it will be a pleasure to go through the darkness and horrors of some of Poe's better-known stories in a film setting. Thus, my boyfriend (who is a huge John Cusack fan) and myself shall be seeing The Raven sometime in the near future.
A featurette of the film for your viewing pleasure:
I am currently laboring through reading aloud Poe's short stories to my boyfriend, and I have noticed that this 19th century writer, although prolific, is rather hit or miss with the execution of his ideas. They're either bloody brilliant or they leave one with a "So what was the point of writing that?" sort of feeling.
What I was not aware was some of Poe's writings are rather more humorous than dark at times- such as the "Four Beasts in One- The Homo-Cameleopard." Also, "The Unparalleled Adventures of one Hans Pfall" is an interesting study on something that it appears the people of his time were very concerned about- how one could possibly travel to the moon. It's quite a descriptive, imaginative, and well researched account that is created into a true work of science fiction- something that could plausibly occur based on the knowledge and speculation of the time.
So I also highly recommend that one try to read even some of Poe's lesser-known works, as many of them are rather entertaining, and give one much to consider in the ways of technology, the minds of men, and the logic of madness.