John Carradine, Halloween Spooktacular / Poe With Pipes

Madelyn Rosenberg

By Madelyn Rosenberg

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Carradine, who has appeared in horror films such as "Satan's Mistress", "The Howling", "Nocturna", "Vampire Hookers" and the "House of Seven Corpses," lends his elegant-but-evil voice to the works of Edgar Allan Poe. The album, which is truly too scary for young children, opens with a chilling wind, maniacal laughter, moans and screeching cats to create a score that's suitable for haunting any house, be it a crumbling mansion or modern split level. The stories themselves include "Ulalume," which takes place on a night in October in the "ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir," along with the better known "The Raven" and "Annabelle Lee." At times Carradine reads a bit too quickly. But he has enough expression and reverb to allow high school students to revel in Poe's words without resorting to Cliff's Notes.