Tormented (1960)

Unrated  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  22 September 1960 (USA)
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A man lets a former flame fall to her death rather than let her interfere with his new relationship, but her ghost returns to disrupt his impending nuptials.



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Cast overview:
Sandy Hubbard
Lugene Sanders ...
Meg Hubbard
Juli Reding ...
Nick, The Blackmailer
Lillian Adams ...
Mrs. Ellis
Gene Roth ...
Mr. Nelson, lunch stand operator
Vera Marshe ...
Mrs. Hubbard (as Vera Marsh)
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Wedding Guest


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Her lips, cold as a tomb! Her caress, a naked chill! See more »


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22 September 1960 (USA)  »

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Eye of the Dead  »

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Harry Fleer is dubbed by Paul Frees. See more »


When Tom and Sandy are walking on the beach in an early scene, for a brief moment there's a black object on the right side of the frame, as the camera is tracking left. It's likely a microphone, or part of the camera equipment. See more »


Frank Hubbard: There's a light on at the light house!
Meg Hubbard: Sandy may have gone there, she's always talking about that place.
Mrs. Hubbard: She wouldn't have gone in the dark.
Frank Hubbard: We'd better make sure!
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Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Screaming Skull (2010) See more »


Music by Albert Glasser
Lyrics by Lewis Meltzer
Sung by Margie Rayburn
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Slick, underrated and misinterpreted B.I.G movie
24 November 2004 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Bert I. Gordon – cleverly shortened as B.I.G - is a notorious director/producer/writer whose films are too often automatically categorized as 'awful' and textbook material for spoof-shows as MST3K. Even 'Tormented' featured in the legendary show and I, for one, think this was really unjustified. Underneath all the cheapness and inferior production values of this project homes a modestly grim and slick thriller. The plot handles about a successful piano player (Tom) who lives on a remote island community. He's all set to wed a rich high society girl but first he has to get rid of his Marilyn Monroe-like mistress Vi. Things seem to turn out fine when she falls off the lighthouse but Vi comes back to haunt Tom…body part by body part. This thriller with obvious Freudian influences is quite atmospheric and features interesting sub-plots and a few genuine frights. It only suffers from too many scenes in which the protagonist (Richard Carlson) wanders around the beach talking to himself. It's not a bad film at all and most people probably just refer to it as a turkey because Gordon directed it…whether his films feature giant fake mutated animals (Empire of the Ants, Food of the Gods) or not, they all get labeled the same way. Cinema is a hypocrite industry, my friends…it's up to you to give this 'Tormented' a look and realize it should be rated slightly higher.

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