Raven Maniac: Cusack as Poe

It’s been kind of a heavy week, and today I say we cruise into the long weekend with a bit of levity.  Something light and fun, like stashing still-beating human hearts under the floorboards of your bedroom.

John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe……talk amongst yourselves.

Gifts of the Poe gravesite visitor

I discovered EAP when I was in the third grade.  My incredible teacher Rosie Galperin would allow us to turn off the lights, put our heads down on our desks, and listen to LP’s of Vincent Price reading Poe.  It was the real deal: The Pit and the Pendulum.  The Tell Tale Heart.  Hop-Frog.  Stuff so terrifying I didn’t even know what was going on half the time, but I knew it was brilliant and cut into the marrow of human fear. 

I get the impression this EAP film will be something entirely non-literary and more murder mystery, but if one can accept that, it could introduce interest in Poe to a new generation of readers.  I’m pretty sure you would get sued today if you let 8 years olds listen to those records, which is just a damn shame.  Oh, and p.s., Mrs. Galperin claimed to be an actual witch.  We ate it up with a knife and fork, but naturally that wouldn’t exactly play today either.

Let’s start with The Biggest Issue, which is for many of us, John is Lloyd Dobbler.  I love Lloyd, don’t get me wrong, but I’ve grown up since 1989 and so has John.  If you still conjure only Lloyd when you hear John Cusack’s name, you need to catch up.

You can Google John’s film career, I won’t go through the list.  But keep an eye out for a movie called Identity, which is incredibly entertaining and more than a little creepy.  As far as versatility, don’t miss this rather stunning collection of Cusack movies montaged to turn him into 007.

More than one voice has decried that Johnny Depp is not being cast as Poe.  Really?  Because a muscled sexy pirate is just what I think of when I think of Poe, how about you?

I could sort of see the point of view (also popular) that Robert Downey, Jr., would be a good candidate, but I disagree.  Again, too fundamentally attractive in a traditional sense and too cool to get the job done.

John Cusack is a solid choice.  He’s pale, brainy, and attractive in the way only depressed, intelligent guys in black who shun the sun can be.  Poe was a depressed intelligent guy in black.  Cusack will need more to make it work, but I think the foundation is not bad.

Now………Steve Buscemi.  We might be going somewhere very serious there.  But nobody asked me.