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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,
(Touring festival, screened in Orlando, Toronto, and Sydney)

-Nominee, Best Film- Horror Fiesta (Poland)

-Official Selection- SMMASH Film Festival (Minneapolis)


-Official Selection- New York International Independent Film and Video Festival
(Los Angeles, New York)

-Official Selection- New England Shrieks Horror Film Festival (Boston)

2005 - 2008

-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
(Yale University- New Haven, CT)


-Official Selection- Bram Stoker International Film Festival (Whitby, England)


-Official Selection- Lonse Star Con3 Film Festival (San Antonio, TX)
-Official Selection- Tri-Cities International Fantastic Film Festival (Richland, WA)

-Official Selection- Tri-Cities Radicon SciFi/Fantasy Film Festival (Pasco, WA)

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."

From RUE MORGUE Magazine-

"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 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!"

From FILM THREAT Magazine-

"For those unfamiliar with Edgar Allan Poe’s “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?

“The Raven” is a spectacular short film that manages to convey the melancholy and mystery of Poe’s poem. Entirely narrated, it tells the story visually, and it tells it well. One might very well extract the meaning of the piece with the audio off. But why would one do that when the narration is amongst the finest this reviewer has ever had the privilege of hearing? Michael G. Sayers, who narrates, shows a broad range, from whimsy to anger, and elevates the piece to an atmosphere most ambitious shorts never reach.

This is just a wonderful film, and a fantastic tribute to Poe and his literary legacy."


"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 Raven is a crisp black and white, live-action gothic-noir, voiced over by a deeply intoning Michael Sayers, acted out by a tortured Louis Morabito, and graced by an enigmatic Jenny Guy as the "lost" Lenore. This short takes the traditional, simple approach, thereby returning the power to the nakedly hair-raising words in Poe's poem and (for awhile) erasing memories of more bloated, irreverent takes (see: Roger Corman's The Raven).

The setting is simple: A man's shadowy, book-lined apartment which is adorned by nothing but a huge portrait of a raven-haired, beautiful woman. There's a tapping on the window, and in flies an accusing, silently mocking bird, staring at the man, forcing him to confront his inner-demons. The raven is all hard-edges, gleaming and bringing to mind a mechanical Maltese Falcon but in reality, he was made of cardboard pizza boxes!

Yes, there is a featurette for The Raven included on the DVD, and it's a double-edged talon it's fascinating to hear all about the fabricated set, the CGI finesses needed to animate the wall portrait of Lenore, how the screen actor mouthed the voice actor's words, and so on; but then again, it mars the magic. The story is so arresting and powerful, it's almost more fun to let yourself be drawn into the dark, troubled world and to believe, even for a few moments, that The Raven wasn't once the pepperoni and mushroom special..."

"...The Edgar Allan Poe Collection, Volume 1 contains featurettes on all the movies, interviews with the filmmakers, a Poe biography, an in-depth interview with a Poe expert and playwright named Paul Clemens, and more. The DVD packaging includes a handsome eight-page booklet with even more information about all three films. It really is a must-have for Poe fans."



"...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 entering—and 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..."

"In The Raven we get a superficial normality and contemporaneousness that is stripped away by the appearance of the malign bird. The subtle way in which Lenore's framed photo keeps changing expression (excellent CGI work) is part and parcel of the deracination..."

"Each film is a compact little gem of unsettling obsessiveness, proving that Poe's insight into the darker reaches of the human psyche still resonates today.

But what's even more fascinating to me is the behind-the-scenes stuff in the extras and commentary. To see what passion these creators bring to their productions, what ingenuity and creativity they wrangle on a limited budget, is an antidote to Hollywood bloatedness..."


"...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.

I’ve loved this poem since childhood, but seeing it enacted brought home for the first time a curious detail about the man’s behavior. Once it’s established that the raven will always answer with a single word, why does he insist on asking leading questions whose answer will enrage him rather than soothe him? He might just as well ask questions where the answer “Nevermore” would sound reassuring, like “Will I still be in this funk after next year?”"