Edgar Allan Poe Movie to Star John Cusack ... in Baltimore?

Emily Abbate

It's the birthday of Edgar Allan Poe today -- and true fans are celebrating by buzzing about the 2011 forthcoming film The Raven, starring John Cusack, which details the fictional happenings in the last few days of his life.

The film's rumored to be set in Baltimore -- where Poe had a house on Amity street that's been transformed into the Baltimore Poe House and Museum. It's also where he's buried.

But let's be serious, what's so eerie about Baltimore?! When I hear Poe, I think of dark alleys, old creaky buildings, and flocks of birds. When I hear Baltimore, I think of ... erm ... Johns Hopkins University?

If you ask me, there are a few better cities for the picking, no?

In the movie, director James McTeigue tells a fictional story of the great writer on the trail of a serial killer. A murderer has kidnapped the writer's fiancee (played by She's Outta My League actress Alice Eve), and Cusack follows in pursuit of his love.

So what better place to head for the movie than the city of love, Philadelphia? Well, brotherly love -- anyway. The writer and his wife lived briefly in the city, where there's now a historic site dedicated in his honor.

Going back to the beginning of his existence, Poe was born in Boston -- a potentially great destination for the film's plot. Home to the nation's first public library (opened in 1653), that alone makes Bean Town a perfect pick. Watching Cusack wicked drunk while weaving through the cahhhr-filled streets in Cambridge seems attractive, no? 

And if you really want eerie, than Salem, Massachusetts is an obvious choice. Home of the Salem Witch Trials, more than 150 people were never more after being arrested and charged with using witchcraft and 19 were hanged at Gallows Hill.

Of course, there's New York City. If the fact that West 84th Street was renamed Edgar Allan Poe Street in honor of where he actually completed "The Raven" in 1844, then there's the dirty streets, garbage piles, and mysterious alleyways to complete the package. Cusack would be comfortable here, anyway. After falling for Kate Beckinsale in Serendipity, he's surely learned a thing or two about New York City's streets.

Are you looking forward to The Raven?

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