'The Raven' trailer: Quoth the raven, nevermore... goatee, please, John

I’ve always had a hard time watching John Cusack’s romantic films, because I have a brother who, in his early 20s, used to look eerily similar to the Say Anything star. (I also have a father who boasts a doppelgänger in David Strathairn, and a celebrity look-a-like generator once found I was a 75 percent match for Alfred Molina. Wait, what?!) But a John Cusack period thriller? Now, that I could get excited for.

Especially when The Raven looks so promising, at least judging by its new trailer. In the film, Cusack plays legendary goth author Edgar Allan Poe, who’s brought in to help authorities after a killer begins mimicking crimes from his frightening tales. It’s not long before suspicion surrounds Poe himself: After all, as Luke Evans’ Detective Emmett Fields tells Poe, “Your imagination is an inspiration of a horrendous crime.”

Maybe it’s sacrilege to claim, but, to me, The Raven looks a little like Se7en… with lanterns. Also, elephant in the room: Cusack’s goatee. Discuss.

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Read more:
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  • Brandt

    Alice Eve is lovely, gorgeous, sexy and beautiful. She’s amazing. That woman is incredible. She’s a very talented but underrated actress. Good for her to keep landing such high profile roles. She deserves it.

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  • Amy Maguire

    John Cusack is an underrated actor and should have joined the A-list years ago. I have been disappointed with the direction that his career has gone in recent years with some of his movies not being released properly or going straight to DVD or him just choosing the wrong projects.

    • Templar

      Didn’t you just post practically the same thing about Cary Elwes?

  • Biden

    Movie trailers (and the movies themselves) are created by evil corporations that put profit over people.

  • Jenn

    Why do I get the eerie feeling that this was offered to Nicholas Cage first?

    • Erin

      just cracked up reading that!

  • Watson

    I thought Robert Downey Jr was in the new Sherlock Holmes movies??

  • F

    The detective dude is the killer. I’d bet money. Simple movie logic.

    • leo

      my thought too- his hot though- their goes my moral compass on the back of a raven’s wings…. lol

  • MR

    I wonder why he chose the goatee?

    • Jason C.

      Maybe because Edgar Allen Poe had a goatee…

      • MR

        He had a mustache…

  • MR

    Bill Murray would be the best Poe, IMO.

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    • Jenn

      Or Bob Newhart! I swear EAP looks just like Bob Newhart.

  • Crystal

    I’m interested. Looks good, and as for the goatee, period pieces sometimes involve unfortunate facial hair.

  • *V*

    Sounds good. I’m in.

  • dee

    Um… So they took the best things about From Hell & Sleepy Hallow and added Poe.

  • StewyFan

    I don’t think it looks anything like Seven. More so like a safer Sleepy Hollow.

  • matt

    From Hell Part 2?

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