It is the Halloween season that is upon us — just take a gander at all those candy displays at your local supermarket — and it is, of course, the time of year for all things creepy. And that’s exactly what Wild Eye Releasing has in store for genre fans on Oct. 11 with the DVD release of the three-tale anthology titled Tales of Poe.
The “eyes” have it in the first tale (a reworking of Poe’s 1843 short story, “The Tell Tale Heart”) as our favorite scream queen Debbie Rochon relates to her fellow nut house inmates how she came to be there.
It seems that she was the caregiver for aging film star, Peggy Lamarr (played by co-director/co-writer Alan Rowe Kelly — I’ll Bury You Tomorrow, The Blood Shed, etc.), and, as she relates it, she went off her rocker because of Lamarr’s eerie gaze and had to do away with her tormentor. Of course we know how that worked out.
Kelly returns in the second tale, “The Cask,” (based upon Poe’s 1846 short story, “The Cask of Amontillado”), which has been twisted around a bit to allow Kelly to strut her stuff as a greedy bride-to-never-be.
The final segment is this delightful ode to all things Edgar Allan Poe is titled “Dreams” and is loosely based on Poe’s 1849 poem, “A Dream.” Bette Cassatt plays “The Dreamer” … who dreams “of joy departed” as she revisits memories as she drifts in and out of consciousness.
Bonsu features include deleted scenes, a “Behind-the-Scenes” featurette and a video session from the NYC Horror Film Festival.