Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)

Roger Corman returns to direct the last in his series of Edgar Allen Poe adaptations, a Gothic ghost story entitled THE TOMB OF LIGEIA from 1964. Vincent Price stars as the reclusive Verden Fell, a man haunted by the memory of his recently deceased wife. Verden is stricken by the beautiful Lady Rowena one day when he encounters her by Ligeia's grave. The two quickly marry, but Ligeia's restless spirit refuses to allow them a moment's happiness. THE TOMB OF LIGEIA possesses all of the Gothic grandeur and elegant set design of Corman's earlier productions, along with the same wonderful sense of style and creepy atmosphere as well. Vincent Price is quite enjoyable as Verden Fell, reigning in a solid performance that capitalizes on the actor's own peculiar eccentricities once again. Elizabeth Shepherd is the most impressive of all in her dual roles as both Rowena and her ethereal counterpart, Ligeia. The actress truly transforms into each persona and loses herself in the characters. The growing mystery and suspense reach their peak as a suspicious Rowena discovers her husband's hidden chamber within their estate. Has Ligeia's spirit truly been restored, or is something far more sinister at foot? Fans of traditional Gothic Horror can do no better than THE TOMB OF LIGEIA.

Rating: 9/10.

Movies like THE TOMB OF LIGEIA:
THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH, THE TERROR, BLACK SUNDAY.

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1 comment:

  1. I met Ms. Shepherd,wonderful woman,and we had a great chat about the film,she told me the cats were a bit crazy and sometimes difficult.

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