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Avenging Conscience, The

Director:  D.W. Griffith
Year Released:  1914
Rating:  2.0

A young Poe addict, in love with a dowdy woman, has his marital plans nixed by his domineering, one-eyed uncle, so he dreams up a scenario where he kills said uncle, bricks him up in a wall and experiences intense guilt. Unlike Poe, however, it's all in his head (the skeletons, the phantoms), which puts a damper on the inherently macabre nature of the ghoulish American author's writings ... and is basically a cop-out, ensuring an all-too-perfect ending. One of Griffith's weaker features, it starts off quite slowly and only gets semi-intriguing after the "murder" in question ... and an appearance by the disapproving Messiah.

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