The Pit and the Pendulum review – Philip French on Roger Corman’s low-budget, hair-raising Poe adaptation | Film | The Observer

Vincent Price

Following The Fall of the House of Usher, this was the second of Roger Corman’s gothic movies loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe tales and produced by the low-budget exploitation studio American International. Both starred the larger-than-life barnstorming aesthete Vincent Price and had literate scripts (the work of pulp writer Richard Matheson, author of Spielberg’s Duel), handsome sets (production designer Daniel Haller) and widescreen colour photography (veteran Floyd Crosby, who’d won an Oscar in 1931 for Murnau’s Tabu). Their style and opulence belie the modest budgets and shooting schedules (in this case, $300,000 and 15 days). Received with grudging respect by the press, Time magazine called it "Edgar Allan poetic", while Hollywood Reporter wrote of "a class suspense-horror film of the calibre of the excellent ones done by Hammer".

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Fringe Festival’s absorbing ‘Dream’ of Poe unfolds in haunted house – The Washington Post

“A Dream Within a Dream” is one of the Capital Fringe Festival’s site-specific projects, and this visually smart, absorbing project unfolds over two floors of an empty building called the Union Stylus a few doors west of Fort Fringe. It’s a sort of haunted house and a scavenger hunt as a small audience of no more than 10 is guided from station to station, listening to lunatic ravings and hunting for clues about Edgar Allan Poe’s last wishes.

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Burlesque meets the writing of Edgar Allan Poe in new show Edgar’s Girl

The burlesque revival that saw the pin-up Dita Von Teese take the Victorian-era artform into the US mainstream in the early 2000s has hit Sydney in a big way. Open mic nights devoted to burlesque have spread across the inner west of Sydney, in particular, while "themed" performances showcasing cheeky strip dances performed by characters from Star Wars and Game of Thrones, for example, are filling big venues.

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Technology in classrooms: Taking the learning tablets | The Economist

WHO killed Edgar Allan Poe? The mysterious death of the 19th-century author features in a new online school curriculum from Amplify, the education arm of News Corp. Pupils follow clues that require close reading of Poe’s stories (the assassin’s identity varies, to prevent cribbing), and take machine-graded comprehension and vocabulary tests along the way. Another section teaches mathematics by setting quests, such as an Alaskan dog-sled race for which pupils must plan, budget and manage provisions.

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