The Raven
The Raven Poster
Directed by
James McTeigue
Produced by
  • Marc D Evans
  • Trevor Macy
  • Aaron Ryder
Written by
  • Ben Livingston
  • Hannah Shakespeare
  • John Cusack
  • Alice Eve
  • Oliver Jackson-Cohen
  • Luke Evans
  • Kevin McNally
  • Pam Ferris
  • Sergej Trifunović
  • Ian Virgo
  • Sam Hazeldine
Music by Lucas Vidal
Cinematography Danny Ruhlmann
Editing by Niven Howie
  • Relativity Media
  • FilmNation Entertainment
  • Intrepid Pictures
Distributed by Rogue
Release April 27, 2012
Running time 111 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Raven is an American thriller film based on a screenplay by Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare. James McTeigue directs, with Glen Basner, Jesus Martinez Asencio, and James D. Stern sharing exec. producer duties. Headlining the cast list is John Cusack, along with Alice Eve and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. Its current release schedule shows it hitting UK theaters on the 9th of March followed by an opening date of April 27, 2012 in Ireland and the United States.

It is a fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe's life, in which the poet and author pursues a serial killer whose murders mirror those in Poe's stories.


When a mad serial killer who's using Poe's own works as his inspiration in a string of brutal murders, Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack) joins forces with a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) to hunt the lunatic down.

After a mother and daughter are found horrifically murdered in Baltimore, Detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) makes an unsettling discovery: the crime scene details resemble that of a fictional murder described in gory detail in the local newspaper. The publication, it seems, is part of a collection of stories penned by struggling writer and social pariah Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack). Poe tops the list of obvious suspects, however simultaneous to his questioning by police, yet another grisly murder occurs, once more inspired by one of Poe's more popular stories. As he reaches the conclusion that a serial killer is on the prowl and is using Poe's writings as a morbid script for his gruesome rampage, Fields enlists the author's help in bringing the culprit to justice. The stakes only grow higher when it appears someone close to Poe may be in the murderer's cross-hairs, and the inventor of modern detective story calls on his own powers of deduction to try to solve the case before it's too late.


  • John Cusack -as- Edgar Allan Poe
  • Alice Eve -as- Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe
  • Oliver Jackson-Cohen -as- PC Cantrell
  • Luke Evans -as- Inspector Emmett Fields
  • Brendan Gleeson -as- Colonel Hamilton
  • Sam Hazeldine -as- Ivan
  • Pam Ferris -as- Mrs. Bradley
  • Brendan Coyle -as- Reagan
  • M. Emmet Walsh -as- Geselbracht