As an English major at Boston College, my favorite writer was Edgar Allan Poe. I was alone, as most of my classmates claimed to be Shakespeare or Shelley or Keats enthusiasts. I liked horror, and Poe was it! When my newest social media pal, Alan Rowe Kelly, contacted me and asked me to review an anthology, 2014's "Tales of Poe," I jumped on the opportunity. Kelly and Bart Mastronardi have made a superb Poe anthology for us horror lovers. Though some might claim this film is a contemporary look at three Poe tales, I would maintain that these three segments represent Poe and his themes well, without distorting his intentions. Oh yes, you horror film fans, especially slasher fans, enjoy the performances of Debbie Rochon (narrator), Adrienne King, Amy Steel, Lesleh Donaldson (Curtains), Caroline Williams .....and many more.
Segment 2: "The Cask." ....of Amontillado, of course. Fortunato (Randy Jones) is enjoy his wedding day. At his vineyard, several guests are helping him celebrate the day as he has wed Gogo (Kelly). Some are suspicious that Gogo may be an opportunistic gold-digger, (they have no idea), but Fortunato is head over heels in love. Unfortunately for our groom, Gogo has a devious and fool proof plan (..as if those ever play out well in Poe stories). After a beautiful psychic (Zoe Daelman Chlanda) finds a hidden cask in the wine cellar, in a very spooky scene, and an unexpected parry guest arrives (Brewster McCall), Gogo begins a series of events designed to take over Fortunato's fortune. Screaming, torture, blood, betrayal, and more horror follows.