Yeah, The Raven sucked, big time. Shame, too, as I had kind of high hopes for it. I was thinking it might be, qualitatively speaking, in the same vein as Johnny Depp's underrated Jack The Ripper yarn From Hell, but that didn't happen.
Sylvester Stallone has been trying to get a movie made about Edgar Allen Poe for almost a decade now, and I'm sort of wishing that that was the project that came to fruition. Stallone's actually a pretty solid writing and directing talent (and hell, Copland and Rocky Balboa show that the guy has some acting chops, too), and I feel like even if it failed, it would still have made for a more interesting film than what James McTeigue and John Cusack ended up delivering.