The typical cineaste when expounding upon “literary-inspired film” does not usually talk at any length about the genre so often blithely dismissed as thriller/murder mystery, but if there is any justice in this world, the bloody good mayhem and murder of Descendant (2002) should change all that. The conflicted hero of Descendant is also a potential lead villain. He is a handsome young horror novelist who happens to trace his ancestry back to America’s most influential literary figure, Edgar Allan Poe. Life is panning out in a comfortable, if uneventful, way for the modern-day terror scribe, and he rarely gives any thought to his illustrious forefather. But when a new lady love’s associates start disappearing under deathly circumstances, the Descendant must face the possibility that he is actually an avenging reincarnation.