Tales of Poe An Artistic Interpretation to Classic Literature

Tales of Poe Film DetailsDecayMag.com Bart Mastronardi Alan Rowe Kelly Tales of Poe

Bart Mastronardi,
Alan Rowe Kelly 

Alan Rowe Kelly
Bart Mastronardi
Michael Varrati

Release Date: 11th of October 2016
Release Format: DVD And Digital HD
MPAA Rating: n/a
Horror Sub-Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Running Time: 2 Hours

Based on the classic works of Edgar Allan Poe – a unique spin on three of Poe’s popular stories (The Tell Tale Heart, Cask of Amontillado & Dreams). Directors Bart Mastronardi & Alan Rowe Kelly weave together a compelling and suspenseful anthology that will captivate Poe enthusiasts and horror fans alike!



The literary works of Edgar Allan Poe have had many incarnations over the years. Over time while most Horror themes convolute over time Poe’s work remains timeless. Bart Mastronardi and Alan Rowe Kelly collaborated with directorial duties. The duo created a superb horror anthology in Tales of Poe.

DecayMag.com Bart Mastronardi Alan Rowe Kelly Tales of Poe

Mastronardi and Kelly embraced a modern approach to Poe’s visions of terror. Comprising the anthology film are; The Tell-Tale HeartCask of Amontillado and Dreams .

Tales of Poe is a poetic composition. Presented in the film is an arrangement of stylized artistry. The film is stunning. Each segment offers its own distinct account of the supernatural. Elements of jealousy, violence, and madness are prominent in Edgar Allan Poe’s literary work. In Tales of Poe, these traits find adequate representation both in intensity and accuracy.

The film appeals to Horror enthusiasts and aficionados of Poe’s literature. General audiences may not digest Mastronardi and Kelly’s work with ease. Tales of Poe delivers experimental-like visuals and occasional violence and gore.


Tales of Poe offers many positive aspects of production value. Presented to the viewer are rich visual effects and creative camera work. Raw emotions come to life with an unconventional filmmaking approach. Shots composed offer the occasional close-ups, fish eye, and depth of field perspectives.

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The centerpiece of this film has to be the practical effects. Death becomes a prominent character throughout the film. Each violent depiction accented with great craftsmanship in make-up design. These gritty effects propel the narrative to a higher level of intensity.

Viewers will enjoy the poetic delivery of the dialogue. This aspect of the film is evident with the voice over narration. The acting felt committed in The Tell-Tale Heart and Dreams segments. The latter offered memorable performances out of the two. Yet, both narratives are the defining factor of the film.

Also, the segment titled Dreams merits a spotlight. The segment an excellent exhibition of experimental Horror filmmaking. Amazing.


In Cask of Amontillado, the acting feels unbalanced. The portrayals mirror a B-movie like quality. The on-screen chemistry lacked a certain level of believability. In comparison to other segments, Cask of Amontillado required emotional content from the actors. While this does not include the cast as a whole. The unrefined acting does weight down this part of the film.

In conclusion:

Tales of Poe compliments the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Mastronardi and Kelly delivered a fine production. The duo used a “think outside the box” formula in delivering a rich Horror viewing experience. Below average portrayals mar certain scenes. Yet, this does little to wound the project as a whole.

Rating Score: 0-10 Avoid | 11-20 Mediocre | 21-30 Good | 31-40 Average | 41-50 Satisfactory | 51-60 Stunning | 61-70 Terrific | 71-80 Must See | 81-90 Amazing | 91-100 Impressive

DecayMag.com Bart Mastronardi Alan Rowe Kelly Tales of Poe

80 %
60 %
Originality / Redefining
70 %
80 %
Practical Effects
80 %
Scare Factor
5 %
Special Effects
10 %
Viewing Experience
80 %
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Ken Artuz is Co-Owner of Meca Ex Studios LLC. Artuz is a New York City Based Photographer with proficiency in Photoshop. His digital artwork was featured in exhibitions SOHO, NYC, twice. Artuz is a graduate of The Institute of Audio Research where he earned his degree in Audio Engineering and Record Production. He also earned certification in Television Production and Field Recording at Lehman College. For Horror Artuz Favors French Extremism and Indie productions. He is a novelist, and screenwriter listens to EBM, Industrial & Witch house and is an avid MMA sports fan. Ken Artuz will create a media empire built on the DecayMag Brand.


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