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The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 20 January 1965 (USA)
A man's obsession with his dead wife drives a wedge between him and his new bride.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writers:

Edgar Allan Poe (short story), Robert Towne (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... Verden Fell
Elizabeth Shepherd ... The Lady Rowena Trevanion / The Lady Ligeia
John Westbrook John Westbrook ... Christopher Gough
Derek Francis Derek Francis ... Lord Trevanion
Oliver Johnston ... Kenrick
Richard Vernon ... Dr. Vivian
Frank Thornton ... Peperel
Ronald Adam ... Minister at Graveside
Denis Gilmore Denis Gilmore ... Livery Boy
Penelope Lee Penelope Lee ... Lady Rowena's Maidservant
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Storyline

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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Even on her wedding night she must share the man she loved with the "female thing" that lived in the Tomb of the Cat! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House at the End of the World See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Alta Vista Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Proposed titles included "The House at the End of the World" and "The Tomb of the Cat" See more »

Goofs

Boom mic shadow visible on the far wall at 27:24. See more »

Quotes

Verden Fell: The eyes, they confound me. There's a blankness, a mindless sort of malice in some Egyptian eyes. They do not readily yield up the mystery they hold.
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Corman's best?
9 June 2003 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Of all the collaborations between director Roger Corman and sensuous, creepy actor Vincent Price, this is probably their best. There's the small cast of characters, mainly Ligeia, buried in a marble tomb in the grounds of a sinister old abbey, Rowena, a lady horserider looking for someone she can be 'drawn' to who is more interesting than her beau Christopher, and Verdon, Ligeia's bereaved husband, with his black shades and mood swings. There's also a cat. And this cat is really the true star of the film, watching, attacking, influencing.

The film benefits from its heavy use of locations, and makes it stand apart from the studio interiors of other adaptations. This is a decadent, decaying England with strange happenings and curses. It is a superb film, and lifts the Shepperton Poe adaptations to a new level.


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