The Tomb of Ligeia


Action / Drama / Horror / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 78%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 64%
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 4244


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Vincent Price as Verden Fell
Frank Thornton as Peperel
698.41 MB
23.976 fps
12hr 0 min
P/S 2 / 10

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Hullumaja Puffet 7 / 10

Morbid and creepy adaptation that end Corman's Poe cycle

Verden Fell (Vincent Price), a recently widowed man is convinced his wife Ligeia is still alive. Even meeting another woman Rowena (Elizabeth Shepherd who also fills the Ligeia's part) and marrying her, the man quite get over the death of his first wife. Eerie tale comes to tragic end when Vernon fights with the ghost and his own growing madness.

The film is visually rich with every inch of the screen filled with the ruins of abbey and spooky interiors of Verden's mansion. The bright outdoor scenes and dark rooms combines nice contrast that illustrate the Poe's words that end the movie - "The boundaries which divide life from death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends and where the other begins." The many usage of sunlit countryside scenery wasn't very usual in '60s horror films and some of the most haunting scenes take place in bright daylight. Constantly eerie mood flows through the film without giving much rest to the viewer.

Perfect finale to Corman's Poe themed series.

Reviewed by therosenpants 9 / 10

"Lately I seem to be slipping into reveries..."

I'm really not sure what people aren't seeing in this film. This is truly a magnificent film, the best of the Corman/Price collaborations. The atmosphere, visuals, and even the characters yield a fantastic experience from beginning to end. Some have said only Price's performance is worth anything, but I found Sheppard, Francis and Johnston to be just as convincing (Westbrook seemed the only weak link, but not enough to detract). Sheppard's coolness adds to the personality of her character-- Rowena is poised, curious, iron-willed and unpretentious. A great departure from normal damsels trapped in a technicolor horror.

And Vincent Price as the tortured Verden is a revelation. Remarkable in the way one pities his character, who has such depth that we are fully immersed in his world, from the obsession with Egyptian artifacts to the familiarity with his kitchen, to the loneliness that compels him to rest in cobwebs and darkness. His happiness on marrying Rowena and honeymooning presents such a stark contrast to his solitary life that one wishes they would have left the constrictive hold of the house and Abbey before they even wed.

Particular standouts include the dreamy exploration of Rome and Stonehenge, the actual dream sequence that foretells Rowena's fate (the puppet cat's shadow being the only laughably bad effect in the film), but the best is easily Rowena's journey to the bell tower. Price's narration here is brilliantly magnified by Corman's camera work, highlighting how similar--and in some cases dissimilar-- Rowena and Ligeia are.

I haven't read the source Poe story, but I'm going to have to now. This film is truly a work of art that lives up to the themes Poe wrote about the tragedy of the human condition. Like Rowena and supposedly Ligeia, some people walk through the darkness of life like a solitary candle, brightening all around it. But without darkness, we cannot have that light to guide us, so our goodness would be worthless without the potential for evil, even within ourselves. I really admire how this film subtly captures this idea, and Poe would be proud.

Reviewed by tapio_hietamaki 7 / 10

Worth it for the voice of Vincent Price

These Vincent Price movies based on Edgar Allan Poe stories are charming, much in the same way as Hammer Horror movies but less campy. The Price movies take themselves more seriously, they're more aristocratic and more subdued in a sense. There's always some ancient mansion, and Vincent Price's character harbors some dark mystery, and the end is bloody and tragic.

'The Tomb of Ligeia' is remembered as the one with the cat. A socialite lady falls in love with a brooding, light-sensitive widower and they marry, but she feels unwelcome in his house and is haunted by the ghost of her previous wife in the form of a black cat. What a premise! Beautiful Technicolor, landscapes, ruins, white marble tombs and ancient Egypt artifacts are aplenty, there's always something interesting to look at on the screen, and though Vincent Price always seems to deliver the exact same performance, his voice is pleasant to the ears every time.

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