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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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Sandy Hubbard
Lugene Sanders ...
Meg Hubbard
Juli Reding ...
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Nick, The Blackmailer
Lillian Adams ...
Mrs. Ellis
Gene Roth ...
Mr. Nelson, lunch stand operator
Vera Marshe ...
Mrs. Hubbard (as Vera Marsh)
Harry Fleer ...
Frank Hubbard
Merritt Stone ...
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George Stanley ...
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On an island community off of California, Tom Stewart is preparing to marry the woman he loves. His plans are threatened by his old girlfriend, Vi, who shows up secretly. During a confrontation at the top of the island's lighthouse, the railing breaks and Vi falls. Tom has a chance to save her but doesn't. Tom's relief at Vi's accident soon fades when her vengeful spirit begins showing up wherever he goes... Written by C. Robert Stevens <crstevens@mail.utexas.edu>

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Tormented by the She-Ghost of Haunted Island! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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22 September 1960 (USA)  »

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Eye of the Dead  »

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A portion of the score actually came from William Castle's House on Haunted Hill (1959) which Allied Artists had distributed the previous year. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sandy Hubbard: If you loved someone and they did something bad, something real bad, would you keep it a secret?
Tom Stewart: Well friends usually try to help one another.
Sandy Hubbard: What if it's something real real bad?
Tom Stewart: Real real bad? Like what?
Sandy Hubbard: Like murder.
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Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Tormented (1992) See more »

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Tormented
Music by Albert Glasser
Lyrics by Lewis Meltzer
Sung by Margie Rayburn
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low-budget cross of Twilight Zone and film noir
16 January 2002 | by (Universal City, TX) – See all my reviews

The first thing to notice is the photography of Ernest Laszlo, a veteran of film noir who shot the classic "D.O.A.", "Kiss Me Deadly" and Fritz Lang's "While the City Sleeps." (And the same year "Tormented" came out, he did "Inherit the Wind"!) He elevates this little ghost tale no end, with nice compositions such as the shots through broken lighthouse windows.

Classical ghost stories usually don't have very far to go, and that's probably why there aren't too many of them in American cinema. Someone's haunted, that's it. Such tales are atmosphere-heavy instead of plot-heavy, since motive and outcome are usually obvious. In this case, the atmosphere is a combination of spookiness (with some clumsy effects, and some smooth ones, like the pan shot across the room to reveal the missing LP which has somehow moved to the record player) and the neurotic paranoia of the hero, who reveals himself as trapped a sap as many a noir fool who blames his troubles on a dame. The plot delays and prolongs, but the last act juggles several nice twists. By the end, this cynical little flick has shown more style and imagination than several recent special-effects ghost movies.


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