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-Official selection- Hollywood Underground Film Festival (Hollywood, CA)
-Official selection- HP Lovecraft Film Festival (Portland, OR)
-Nominee, Best Horror Film- Scarefest (Los Angeles, CA)
-Winner, Gold Award- Best in Show- Salem Horror Film Festival (Salem, MA)
-Winner 2nd place, editing- International Festival of Cinema and Technology,
-Nominee, Best Film- Horror Fiesta (Poland)
-Official Selection- SMMASH Film Festival (Minneapolis)
-Official Selection- New York International Independent Film and Video Festival
-Official Selection- New England Shrieks Horror Film Festival (Boston)
-Available on DVD through Lurker Films
-Available on DVD through Microcinema International
-Official Selection- Projecto Videolab's Edgar Allan Poe 200th Anniversary Celebration (Porto, Portugal)
-Official Selection- IDEAT Village Arts and Music Festival
-Official Selection- Bram Stoker International Film Festival (Whitby, England)
-Official Selection- Lonse Star Con3 Film Festival (San Antonio, TX)
From CULT CUTS Magazine-
"Edgar Allen Poe's haunting vision of THE RAVEN while dealing with his lost love of Lenore is brought to the screen in a surprisingly respectful manner. With stark black & white cinematography, an exquisite looking multi-faceted Raven puppet, haunting soundtrack, Poe's actual poem is read aloud as the story unfolds. Louis Morabito, looking like a young Orson Welles played by Johnny Depp, handles his role quite well in the unassuming role of Poe. What is even stranger and eerily foreboding is the narration of Michael Sayers, who not only sounds like Mr. Welles, but narrates just like him as well. This combination gives the whole proceedings a quality above other modern short films. Peter Bradley's direction keeps a close eye on this homage to a grand master of poetic horror and it never strays once. While made this year, it contains a nostalgic feel that enhances the influences from the original story. Personally, I could recommend this to about any English teacher as a prime example to show off the author's work. Simply put, this is THE adaptation of Poe's THE RAVEN, I can attest to this some more, even for haunting images of Lenore, for this I say, Nevermore."
"Edgar Poe is paid a short impressive tribute with a new 12-minute black and white film adaptation of the writer's most famous and everlasting poem on loss and remembrance THE RAVEN. Directed by Peter Bradley of Trilobite Pictures, the short movie is available on-line at www.trilobitepictures.com/raven and stars Louis Morabito as the sad narrator pining for his lost love Lenore (Jenny Guy). The bird of ill-omen itself is a creepy, unnatural looking mechanical puppet that suits the atmosphere of this melancholy tale and a superbly dramatic reading by Michael G. Sayers sets the tone for the film. Music and audio are crisp and lend themselves well to the final product. Recommended viewing from Rue Morgue!"
"For those unfamiliar with Edgar Allan Poes The Raven, it is a parable about a man haunted by the death of his wife, who is visited by a large, black raven. The man, at first curious, wonders what the raven means. Is it there to comfort him? To haunt him?
"A third short film, The Raven (based on the poem of the same name), directed by Peter Bradley in 2003, is also found on the disc. As our lead character (Louis Morabito) sits alone in his home, sipping absinth and pining away for his lost love, Lenore (Jenny Guy), a raven makes its way into his room... the rest is history and one of the most popular poem’s ever written. Shot in black and white, Bradley does a few interesting things with his short to differentiate it from other adaptations of the same source. It’s interesting that rather than have Morabito recite his own dialogue he instead has him lip-synch to the narrator’s voice during the times in which he is supposed to speak. Also interesting is how Bradley chose to use a puppet raven rather than a real one, it gives a very surreal feeling to the whole thing that, along with the miniature set used for the hallway and the other-worldly lip-synching (which doesn’t always match up that well) almost places the movie in another dimension."
"...Also adhering to the letter is Peter Bradley’s live-action “The Raven.” Shot in stark black and white, it’s a bleak and surreal take on perhaps the world’s most famous poem, and the animatronic raven is creepy as hell."
"...but in my opinion, the reason you should buy this DVD is Peter Bradley's stirring short film, The Raven.
"...The plot of The Raven hardly needs recounting. But some description of this black-and-white version, directed by Peter Bradley and narrated by Michael G. Sayers, is desirable. With a timeless yet subtly modern look (deriving mainly from the youthful and Hollywood-handsome features of Louis Morabito, our hero), the action transpires in a set cunningly fashioned from corrugated cardboard that bears a certain architectural gravitas, right down to the magical portrait of Lenore (Jenny Guy) on the wall. We watch Morabito sipping at his absinthe, a window flying open, the Raven enteringand here's a key bit of genius: the Raven is an animatronic model, also cardboard, which goes for expressionism rather than realism. The final shot finds Morabito slumped like a broken doll in a corner of his study..."
"...The Raven is a much longer poem, though Peter Bradley makes it into a shorter film without all the visual padding. It’s in black and white (with color inserts) and its real star is the raven puppet, a wicked metallic-looking object who out-presences the clean young collegiate Poe-surrogate or the understated narrator who reads the poem. One nice element is the changing picture of pouting Lenore, whose multiple poses overlook the scene from her frame. Bradley doesn’t offer commentary but there’s a making-of on this item, and he also writes informatively about it in the booklet.