Chronicle of the Raven Release Date: 2004 Genre: Horror | Mystery Director(s): Daniel De La Vega & Pablo Peras (Plaga Zombie: Mutant Zone Writer(s): Daniel De La Vega, Pablo Peras (Plaga Zombie: Mutant Zone) & P.J. Pettiette Starring: Faye Dunaway, Gina Philips The fact that Chronicle of the Raven exists as it does is a […]

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Chronicle of the Raven
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Horror | Mystery
Director(s): Daniel De La Vega & Pablo Peras (Plaga Zombie: Mutant Zone
Writer(s): Daniel De La Vega, Pablo Peras (Plaga Zombie: Mutant Zone) & P.J. Pettiette
Starring: Faye Dunaway, Gina Philips

The fact that Chronicle of the Raven exists as it does is a surprise. It’s a darkly filmed and slowly paced horror thriller that managed to attach both Gina Phillips and Faye Dunaway as the principal cast members. Whoever gave the team behind Raven the money for production should be applauded, as the movie coming together as well as it did is a bit of a surprise.

After her parents and her sister pass away over time, Jennifer (Phillips) travels to Buenos Aries, Argentina with the intention of selling the gothic house that she has inherited. Her Grandmother (Dunaway) still lives in the house, and is intent on staying. Jennifer doesn’t see getting her Grandmother out of the house as a problem, but what she doesn’t count on is the frightening dreams she starts having. In the dreams a crow pecks away at her body. When Jennifer wakes up she realizes that the wounds from the dream world are staying with her in real life, and the rest of the film sees her trying her best to stop the illness before she dies like the other members of her family.

Chronicle of the Raven isn’t as creepy and atmospheric as it could be. There are times when Raven nails things exceptionally well. It mostly falls out of the place in the second act, and by the time the third act sweeps in to wrap things up, the film had lost my interest.

Still a fine effort that should be seen by those who enjoy this type of movie.

DVD: A commentary track with the film’s two producers and, shockingly enough, Phillips and Dunaway too.

Also known as Jennifer’s Shadow.

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Joseph D. Peters

Ginger: Thanks for your post on “Jennifer’s Shadow (“Chronicle of the Raven”). Just a correction. The character, Jennifer, travels to Buenos Aries, Argentina … not Italy.

Here is a link to the film on imdb … http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0382761/

And a link to the film on Amazon … http://www.amazon.com/Chronicle-Raven-Gina-Phillips/dp/B0007XBM1Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1304355337&sr=1-1

Best.

Joseph

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K-Pax

thans for correction, Joseph. i edited the post

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