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The Tomb (2009)

Ligeia (original title)
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An engaged writer falls under the spell of a mysterious temptress who steals souls.

Director:

Michael Staininger

Writers:

John Shirley (screenplay), Edgar Allan Poe (short story "Ligeia")
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wes Bentley ... Jonathan
Kaitlin Doubleday ... Rowena
Sofya Skya ... Ligeia
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Len Burris
Joel Lewis Joel Lewis ... Eddie
Michael Madsen ... George
Christa Campbell ... Mrs. Burris
Jerome Samuel Lewis Jerome Samuel Lewis ... EMT #1
Jared Sanz-Agero Jared Sanz-Agero ... EMT #2
Joe Hanrahan Joe Hanrahan ... Goth Pastor (as Joseph Hanrahan)
Lydia Hull ... Bartender
Eric Roberts ... Vaslov
Mackenzie Rosman ... Loreli
Jeff Most ... Russian Priest
Stephanie Reuter Stephanie Reuter ... Club Performer (as Stephanie Summers)
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Storyline

Successful writer and scholar Jonathan Merrick falls under the spell of the irresistible, bewitchingly beautiful Ligeia. She's fighting a fatal illness and she will stop at nothing to defeat death, her one true enemy. She steals other people's souls and on her quest to immortality she tricks Jonathan into supporting her work, breaking him apart from his fiancé Rowena and pulling him into her dark, mysterious world. They settle down in an old manor by the Black Sea where Ligeia's everlasting presence slowly drives Jonathan to madness... Written by Michael Staininger

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content, language, violence and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The movie was originally known by the work it was based off of (Edgar Allan Poe's Ligeia) but later renamed to The Tomb. See more »

Goofs

When Ligeia is introduced to the caretaker of the manor and his niece she says "Den Dobry", what she should be saying is "Dobry den", which is Russian for "Good Day". See more »

Connections

Version of The Tomb of Ligeia (1964) See more »

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meh
13 April 2010 | by bluestemzSee all my reviews

I always have high hopes for anything based on Poe's work or that of Lovecraft, yet always seem let down. If Dario Argento or any worthwhile Italian Director would have handled this poorly drafted script, it would have probably gotten the treatment it needed. I had to watch it in two parts because I fell asleep. Slow paced, wooden NPC style acting, and predictable character development and plot twists that are better suited for an adventure or RPG video game than a feature film.

But I did give it a few stars! One for beautiful art direction and locations. Another one for the actresses, they were all beautiful and pleasant to watch even during their worst acting moments. Another one for the cinematography and special effects used aptly within the budget, although the style of the film is predominantly visual and better suited for a music video production or in-game cut scenes. Tighter editing and either a revised or shortened script would have helped this film immensely. And finally one for the perpetual references to Absinthe, as it is one of my fondest libations.

To sum it up, it's worth a watch if you can catch it on cable at like a 2am time slot or perhaps a red box rental, but nothing to go out of your way to see.


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Country:

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Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

13 November 2009 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Balaklava, Crimea, Ukraine See more »

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$8,800,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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