Review: Extraordinary Tales, 2015, dir. Raul Garcia

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Extraordinary Tales, a seasonal piece of spookery by Raul Garcia, means well but haunts only half-heartedly. The film is a meta-monument to the works of Boston-born, Baltimore-dead Gothic-Romantic wunderkind Edgar Allan Poe, chiefly his short stories but with a side helping of poems: “Annabel Lee” and “A Dream Within a Dream” start us off alongside a nod to “The Raven,” but the meat of the production consists of “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” and “The Masque of the Red Death.” Garcia presents his movie in anthology format, but he goes against the presentational grain by acting as the sole driving force behind the camera.” (Via Paste Magazine.)

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