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

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At the wedding, Sandy is holding her bouquet in both hands in close ups, but in the long shots, she is holding it with her left hand and her right arm is hanging by her side. See more »

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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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Tormented
Music by Albert Glasser
Lyrics by Lewis Meltzer
Sung by Margie Rayburn
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Creepy little ghost story thats far from the turkey its reputed to be
9 June 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

Alright, so "Tormented" isn't a masterpiece, or even a cult classic for that matter. However, its far from the turkey its often reputed to be. Sure, its obviously cheap, but what do you expect with these kinds of things? For all its impoverishment and limitations, "Tormented" manages to tell a reasonably creepy ghost story. Its probably the most well-made film from Bert I. Gordon, a director often looked upon as a hack. Its only second to "The Magic Sword" as my personal favorite from him.

Sure, the film isn't perfect. With the exception of Richard Carlson, the acting is pretty lousy (especially the annoying little girl) and the pacing is rather poor (to be expected from Gordon). Still, the film has atmosphere to spare. The shots of the shoreline in the dark can be quite eerie (if a bit clichéd). Its campy at moments, but surprisingly effective in others. What makes this work more than it should however is Carlson. As the tormented jazz pianist, he gives an oddly sympathetic character. You hope the best for him even when he commits murder. Plus, Juli Reding is absolutely gorgeous.

This brings me to my main problem with the film. It would've been far more effective if the makers had made the audience wonder if Carlson is really being haunted or if its just all in his head (the films of Jacques Tourneur do this). Still, "Tormented" is creepier than it has any right to be. (6/10)


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