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The Tomb (2009)

Ligeia (original title)
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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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Staininger

Writers:

John Shirley (screenplay), Edgar Allan Poe (short story "Ligeia")
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Cast

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

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Country:

USA

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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Budget:

$8,800,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

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

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Poe is spinning in his grave....
29 October 2010 | by innocuousSee all my reviews

I would normally give "The Tomb" about five stars, if only because it was made in a competent manner (i.e., you can hear everything, the editing is reasonable, shots are framed, etc.). But I have to deduct one star for being so blatantly derivative and one star for being an insult to Mr. Poe. No, wait...I'm taking another star away because everybody is just so BAD in this film.

The story is only minimally based on Poe's short story. I can hear the producer's now..."What? No children in danger? Add one! No sex? Add some! How does she come back from the dead? Through strength of will alone? No good! Add some satanic rituals and symbols. While you're at it, go find out how much Michael Madsen and Eric Roberts want for small, crappy parts. Nobody else is hiring them, so we ought to be able to get them for a song." (Madsen and Roberts have two totally irrelevant and shoddy roles in this production, but I guess that Madsen has to buy black hair dye somehow.)

What is more fatal to this film than anything else is that we just don't care about any of the characters. We don't hate any of them, we don't like or sympathize with any of them. They just sort of exist to deliver their lines.

As far as excitement, forget it. There isn't any. No nudity (worth mentioning,) no gore, no mystery, no chases, no fights (of any length or quality,) no shocking or surprising moments. It's just drab.

Overall, a very stinky film. Don't bother.


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