The Raven 2007
R | 1h 21min | Horror, Mystery, Romance | TV Movie 24 August 2007
Roderick throws a masquerade ball inside a creepy mansion with a dark past. An infamous mass-murder happened there fifty years ago to the night, but that’s part of the fun for the posh hotties who show up for some boozy partying. The reverie is cut short when a Raven-masked killer crashes the party, intent on repeating the bloody history of the “Ravenwood Massacre” that happened decades ago. As the unknown killer picks the guests off one by one, old grudges resurface among friends, and new suspicions emerge.
There was so much affectation in the acting and accents, I honestly couldn’t wait for ‘The Raven’ to dispatch each of the characters. Why were these South African actors given an Australian dialogue coach to help them deliver English ‘toff’ accents? And I swear I heard a Welsh accent early on, why was it needed? It all kept me asking ‘who are these people, why do they all seem to hate each other, and why are they having a party together? Were the disparate accents part of a master plan for a major international incident (with an end shot of The Raven stroking a fluffy white cat)?’ The movie kept getting in the way of its story, and I lost interest pretty quickly. It wasn’t fair to Poe’s original story, but then there really wasn’t much of the original Poe’s ‘The Raven’ actually in this story, only nods and suggestions — actually it may be closer to ‘Mask of the Red Death’, if anything. Oh, why was it called ‘The Raven’ then? I’ll end with the sound of my toe tap, tap, tapping and think of this movie NEVERMORE.