In this gritty thriller, Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack, Being John Malkovich) joinsforces with a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans, Immortals) to hunt down a madserial killer who's using Poe's own works as the basis in a string of brutalmurders. Directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin), the film alsostars Alice Eve (Sex and the City 2), Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) and OliverJackson-Cohen (Faster).
When a mother and daughter are found brutally murdered in 19th century Baltimore,Detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) makes a startling discovery: the crimeresembles a fictional murder described in gory detail in the local newspaper-part ofa collection of stories penned by struggling writer and social pariah Edgar AllanPoe. But even as Poe is questioned by police, another grisly murder occurs, alsoinspired by a popular Poe story.
Realizing a serial killer is on the loose using Poe's writings as the backdrop forhis bloody rampage, Fields enlists the author's help in stopping the attacks. Butwhen it appears someone close to Poe may become the murderer's next victim, thestakes become even higher and the inventor of the detective story calls on his ownpowers of deduction to try to solve the case before it's too late.