Edgar Allan

Poe's stories

& synopsis



Cask of Amontillado

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Premature Burial

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The Tell-Tale Heart

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The Raven

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About the movie...

Throughout Edgar Allan Poe’s life he was plagued with nightmares and the deaths of those he loved. Those nightmares and his tragic life were many times the basis for his stories and poems; often he found himself in the middle of those nightmares and stories as the victim or antagonist. “Nightmares from the Mind of Poe” brings to life those nightmares with Poe as part of the stories, as he dreamed and wrote them. In the movie, he struggles with nightmares, insomnia, sadness and despair in his own life as he creates his stories. The film brings to life four of the most well known tales from the master of suspense and horror - “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Cask of Amontillado”, “The Premature Burial” and “The Raven”; all of which are word for word the way Poe wrote them, except “The Premature Burial” which was adapted from his narrative story. In “The Tell-Tale Heart”, Poe takes us to the mind of a mad man as he struggles with the thoughts that caused him to do the unthinkable. “The Cask of Amontillado” is the story of ultimate revenge as Montresor punishes Fortunato for insulting him. In “The Premature Burial”, Poe deals with one of his greatest fears... being buried alive. “The Raven” which was written through Poe’s suffering for his dying wife, deals with the dread of death and “impending doom”. In the end, Poe realizes that out of his nightmares and tragic life would come his legacy, his stories for future generations.




About making the film...

The film is written and directed by Ric White, produced by Linda Thornton, and the

Director of Photography is John D. Gerhart. And of course Edgar Allan Poe wrote it

(with some help for Ric).

The film was shot in February 2005.


Some of the filming was shot in Hendersonville, Tennessee on the grounds of

Historic Rock Castle



The cemetery scenes were shot in Columbia, Tennessee at Rose Hill Cemetery.




The catacomb scenes were shot in Donelson, Tennessee




We also used a private home in Old Hickory, Tennessee


  The movie was shot with a 24p High Definition camera with 35mm lens, which is the camera many

studio films are shot with, movies like "Star Wars", "Collateral" and "Desperado".




                                                                                                                              John D. Gerhart (Director Of Photography)




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