here! Networks To Present "The Raven"

The Raven


here!, America’s premium gay television network, is pleased to announce the completion of principal photography on the upcoming feature Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven, a gothic, refreshingly alternative adaptation of the classic horror tale. The film, directed by cult horror icon David DeCoteau (The Brotherhood, Leather Jacket Love Story), makes its debut on here! this summer.
“With The Raven, we are excited to present an intriguing take on the classic poem,” said Stephen P. Jarchow, Co-Founder and Chairman of here! Networks. “The Raven takes the conventions of a genre in shocking and provocative directions.”
Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven, from a screenplay by Matthew Jason Walsh (The Brotherhood), puts a new spin on the gloomy and macabre proceedings of the classic Poe story. The film centers on a group of young men and women in Britain who throw an extravagant party at an eerie mansion said to be the site of an infamous mass-murder. When the festivities are cut short by an ominous visitor, all hell breaks loose. As the murderer begins picking off the party participants one-by-one, old grudges resurface and new suspicions arise, making the entire affair a deadly night to remember.
DeCoteau shot The Raven in Johannesburg, South Africa and London with well known cinematographer Vincent G. Cox, BSC (Hotel Rwanda, Creatures the World Forgot). The film features music courtesy of composer Richard Band (Puppet Master, Re-Animator). The film stars a cast of exciting young actors, as well as legendary British actor Richard Johnson (The Haunting, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) as the voice of The Raven.
“South Africa is the only country in the world where protection of its LGBT citizens against discrimination based their sexual orientation is enshrined in its constitution. It was a thrill for me to make The Raven in this progressive country where same-sex marriage is now legal,” says DeCoteau.
DeCoteau’s Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven is the first in a series of Poe-themed films that DeCoteau will shoot for here!. Next up for the director is the adaptation Edgar Allan Poe’s House of Usher, based on the classic Poe story “The Fall of the House of Usher.”
Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven is part of a substantial rollout of original programming that here! will bring to its audience during the remainder of 2007. Recent and upcoming here! original films, series and specials include: The DL Chronicles, an award-winning series focusing on the diverse stories of men of color who by consequence and by choice, live sexually duplicitous and secret lifestyles; The Lair, a provocative and sexy vampire horror series; Dante’s Cove, ranked “Best Soap of the Year” by The Advocate; the critically acclaimed Shock To The System: A Donald Strachey Mystery, the second installment in the series of original films starring Chad Allen as a gay private investigator; the provocative six-part docu-series Lesbian Sex and Sexuality, an unblinking look inside the world of lesbian culture from award-winning producer Katherine Linton; and the original film Shelter, an indie romantic drama about love, family and trying to stay true to yourself.
from here!Network

The Raven

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