News from Comic-Con

Posted by Glennis Byron on July 23, 2011 in News tagged with , , , , ,

A trailer for John Cusack’s Edgar Allan Poe film was shown at Comic-Con yesterday. The film is described as  Seven meets From Hell. Director James McTeigue says ‘The serial killer in Seven used the seven deadly sins, ours uses the works of Edgar Allen Poe’. Here’s the official synopsis:

“In this gritty thriller, Edgar Allen Poe (John Cusack, Being John Malkovich) joins forces with a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans, Immortals) to hunt down a mad serial killer who’s using Poe’s own works as the basis in a string of brutal murders. When a mother and daughter are found brutally murdered in 19th century Baltimore, Detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) makes a startling discovery: the crime resembles a fictional murder described in gory detail in the local newspaper—part of a collection of stories penned by struggling writer and social pariah Edgar Allan Poe. But even as Poe is questioned by police, another grisly murder occurs, also inspired by a popular Poe story.”

Another film of interest to gothicists,Francis Ford Coppola’s Twixt, formerly Twixt Now and Sunrise (why did he change the title to make it sound like a chocolate bar?) previews today (Saturday July 23) at Comic Con. Apparently the director along with Dan Deacon, who wrote the score, will present Twixt and give what a press report calls ‘the interactive experience of the film’, which uses both 2-D and 3-D.

The Joe Hill graphic novel Locke & Key is being promoted at the festival, with a set of temporary tattoos being handed out ‘to generate anticipation’. Okay…

And Discovery Channel is handing out these fetching  bags (what, to go shopping with perhaps?) to promote Shark Week, starting July 31 on Discovery.

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