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The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)

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A man's obsession with his dead wife drives a wedge between him and his new bride.

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Lord Trevanion
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Kenrick
Richard Vernon ...
Dr. Vivian
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Ronald Adam ...
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Lady Rowena's Maidservant
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Some years after having buried his beloved wife Ligea, Verden Fell meets and eventually marries the lovely Lady Rowena. Fell is something of a recluse, living in a small part of a now ruined Abbey with his manservant Kenrick as the only other occupant. He remains infatuated with his late wife and is convinced that she will return to him. While all goes well when first married, he returns to his odd behavior when they return to the Abbey from their honeymoon. The memories of Ligea continue to haunt him as well as her promise that she would never die. Written by garykmcd

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abbey | recluse | cat | fox | exhumation | See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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20 January 1965 (USA)  »

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House at the End of the World  »

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Roger Corman gave up his producer credit to Pat Green in order to qualify for a British subsidy. See more »

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Verden Fell: Christopher, not ten minutes ago I... I tried to kill a stray cat with a cabbage, and all but made love to the Lady Rowena. I succeeded is squashing the cabbage and badly frightening the lady. If only I could lay open my own brain as easily as I did that vegetable, what rot would be freed from its grey leaves?
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Solid Poe Adaptation to Corman/Price Cycle

The last of the Corman/Price collaborations Tomb of Ligeia tells the story of a man losing his first wife, Ligeia, and then re-marrying and being haunted by the first wife somehow. To add to the mix the first wife was into Egyptian mysticism, and we are inundated with relics of that period, an Egyptian fox living on the grounds, and the whole notion of the Egyptian after-life. The script has some clever additions to the Poe story, which is completely reversed in character motivations, by later Oscar winner Robert Towne. Vincent Price gives his standard good performance as Verdun Fell, a man torn from the memories of his first wife and his new lust for his new wife. Price is attired in a completely weird get-up with stove-top hat(black of course) and dark, large sun glasses - looking like a psychedelic undertaker. Beautiful and talented Elizabeth Shepherd plays the love interest with charm and ability - playing off Price very well. The rest of the cast is very competent with Oliver Johnston as a servant shining in a small role. Look for Are you Being Served?'s Frank Thornton in a very, very brief role as a servant. Corman shot the film in England - the interior shots at Shepperton and the exteriors at a beautiful abbey. It is one of his most visual films off-set so to speak. While Tomb of Ligeia has solid performances, beautiful sets, and an able directorial hand - as well as a good story, Price and Corman seem to end their relationship on rather a dull note. This film doesn't have the grandeur of , say Masque of the Red Death, the wicked humour of The Raven, the Poe-esquire qualities of House of Usher, or the wicked Price performance of The Pit and the Pendulum. It doesn't have the fantastic character acting many of those films had or the haunting scores. It is a solid addition to the Poe canon and certainly a tribute to the work of Corman and Price - but to say it is the best of their films together

  • no way simply put. I would take any of those films previously


mentioned(as well as others I have not) and put them higher on the pedestal. Tomb of Ligeia is again a quality film - quoth the critic nothing more.


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