The Raven (2012)


This week on Alcohollywood, Right Brain Project Artistic Director Nathan Robbel joins us to talk 2012’s The Raven, the movie that (arguably) started/solidified John Cusack’s Nicolas Cage-like turn into schlocky, campy side projects. When someone starts killing people in 19th-century Baltimore in gruesome ways inspired by the works of Edgar Allen Poe, who better to solve those murders than Poe (a goateed, shouting Cusack) himself? It’s Se7en meets From Hell meets Say Anything, so kick back and take a listen along with our custom cocktail and drinking rules!

Related Links:

Poe Stories – a collection of short stories and poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Get tickets to The Right Brain Project’s Who Too, starring Clint!




Brandy was Poe’s drink of choice, so naturally we had to make that the base of our Poe-tent Poe-table this week. To juice it up a bit, we added quite a bit of citrusy tartness with the lemon and pomegranate juice, rounding that out with the sweetness of the blackberry jam and some floral notes from the creme de violette. It’s the cocktail that everyone’s raven about! 

3 parts brandy
1 part creme de violette
1 part lemon juice
3 parts pomegranate juice
1 tbsp blackberry jam
dash, Peychaud’s bitters

  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice; shake vigorously to break up that jam.
  2. Strain into a brandy snifter. Drink until you can drink nevermore. 


  1. Whenever Poe uses fifty-cent adjectives to describe people and situations
  2. Every time a non-Poe writer is brought up
  3. Any time you see dismembered limbs or bodies


Poe says, “Lord, have mercy on my poor soul.”

Next week, we’re all dudes as we strap on our aprons and man the fryer for the 1990s Nickelodeon comedy Good Burger!

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About Clint Worthington

Clint Worthington is a Chicago-based film critic and podcaster. A member of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle, you can find his other film work at Consequence of Sound, Crooked Marquee and UPROXX. He is also the co-host of Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast.

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