After tearing through V/H/S and V/H/S 2, I started looking for anthology films to review on my site. Much like books, anthologies offer many different types of entertainment, all crammed into one volume. Aside from that, I enjoy seeing the variety of perspectives that different directors can bring when presented with a singular concept. POE: PROJECT OF EVIL takes aim at the works of the legendary author Edgar Allen Poe. And while I didn’t find every piece of this anthology entertaining, the overall film is very enjoyable and certainly worth checking out.
If you are not familiar with POE: PROJECT OF EVIL, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Brain Damage Films:
Original filmmakers from around the world group together to bring the tales of Edgar Allen Poe to life. The film focuses on the bloody, violent and disturbing insights and writings of the infamous Boston author. Stories include ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’, Solo’, ‘Loss of Breath’, ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’, ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’, ‘The System of Dr. Tar and Prof. Feather’, and ‘The Premature Burial’…like you’ve never seen before!
I like Poe’s works, but I have to confess I like H. P. Lovecraft better. With that being said, no genre fan can argue Poe’s influence on modern day on horror. Like Lovecraft, Poe’s works are eternal and will be around forever.
While I didn’t enjoy every film in this anthology, I have to give major credit to the filmmakers for bringing unique visions of Poe’s works to the screen. Each director takes one of Poe’s stories and gives it a modern-day twist, and for this reason, I really like the film as a whole.
The shorts in POE: PROJECT OF EVIL are all made well, although some look better than others. I enjoyed ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’ the most, as its simplistic style was monumental in conveying the emotion being displayed onscreen. Likewise, ‘Alone’ looked great and was deliciously gory. On the opposite end, I did not enjoy ‘Breathless’ at all, primarily because of the non-spoken interactions that the audience has to read onscreen.
Still, this anthology is definitely one to check out, especially if you are an aspiring filmmaker yourself. The gems in this collection stand out like lighthouses in the fog, while the others simply sort of fade away. This is not to discredit the quality of work put out by each filmmaker; this is just my way of saying I didn’t like their takes on these particular stories.
I give POE: PROJECT OF EVIL a thumbs up and recommend it to fans of horror and/or fans of Poe’s works. The film is available now in a variety of formats.