I just finished production on Edgar Allan Poe's THE RAVEN. This is writer Matthew Jason Walsh and my new provocative take on the classic story that will raise a few eyebrows for sure with it’s potent gay imagery.
Although set in the English countryside, I shot the film almost entirely in Johannesburg, South Africa with additional scenes in the U.K. The cinematographer is Hammer Films cameraman VINCENT G. COX, B.S.C. of CREATURES THE WORLD FORGOT (1971). This was a delight for me as I have been a fan of Mr. Cox's work for years and since this was a gothic chiller there was no better choice.
I have found a new and delicious cast of newcomers that I am sure the fans of my THE BROTHERHOOD franchise will love.
RE-ANIMATOR music composer Richard Band provides the music for THE RAVEN. Its been 16 years since Richard and I collaborated on PUPPETMASTER 3. His work on Stuart Gordon's Poe movie THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM is the one of the best horror scores ever and I am so happy he has come back to work with me again.
Mr. Richard Johnson plays the voice of the killer and narrates the movie reading the classic Poe short story. I have been a fan of Mr. Johnson's since the original THE HAUNTING but the fact that he also starred in the Lucio Fulci's ZOMBI 2 is a major thrill for me. I ran ZOMBI 2 as a projectionist in Portland, Oregon as a teen and the fact that I have now directed this man is what makes being a "fan first/director second" so much fun.
This is my first truly gay movie since LEATHER JACKET LOVE STORY (1997) and I am grateful that producers Paul Colichman and Stephen P. Jarchow have allowed me to make another film that is purely and unapologetically gay themed.
Here! TV has asked me to make a slate of Edgar Allan Poe movies for them so HOUSE OF USHER is next up.
EDGAR ALLAN POE'S THE RAVEN will premiere on the HERE! TV network this Spring.