“Tackles the Poe tale with grisly vigor and anachronistic comic relief.” - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
Having conquered multiple Lovecraft adaptations, the triumphant team of director Stuart Gordon and producer Charles Band set their sights on the work of original macabre overlord Poe, turning out a refreshingly misanthropic work that courses with life . . . and, of course, death. Almighty character actor Lance Henriksen (ALIENS; NEAR DARK) tears apart the scenery as sadistic Spanish inquisitor Torquemada, a rabid torturous fiend sporting what’s arguably the single most bizarre haircut in horror history. Granted all the powers of both church and state, this anti-human harvester of pain is joined in his unholy crusade by the legendary Oliver Reed (THE BROOD) and Full Moon megastar Jeffrey Combs (RE-ANIMATOR). If you’re somehow still not sold, this movie also features one humdinger of an exploding witch.