The Tomb of Ligeia

1964

Roger Corman
Director
American International Pictures
US Distributor
Anglo Amalgamated
UK Distributor

Man haunted by the formidable shadow of his deceased first wife marries again, only to have his happiness vanquished by the posthumous malevolence of Ligeia. He must face her spirit or be vanquished.

Eighth and last of Corman's Poe cycle, and one of his best, surpassed only by the sublime Masque of the Red Death. Finely acted by all, especially Shepherd, who makes the most of her deep voice in a headstrong role. Price is perhaps too old for the role (in the story Fell is in his mid-thirties), but he makes the most of a complicated role, perhaps cinema's first proto-Goth. It still would have been interesting to see what would have resulted if Corman's first choice, Richard Chamberlain, had been cast in the role. The ruins of Castle Acre Priory make a splendid backdrop to the story, too. This film opened in the UK on a double bill with Mario Bava's Black Sabbath, an interesting choice, as much of the lighting effects in Ligeia owe more than a passing nod to Bava's style.

Thanks as always to Gerald Lovell, James Payne and Scott Palmer for helping identify some extras!

-Dave W.


6th November 1964
Cinema



81 mins
2.35:1


20th January 1965
Cinema



81 mins
2.35:1



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Vincent Price
Verden Fell
Elizabeth Shepherd
Lady Rowena Trevanion
Elizabeth Shepherd
The Lady Ligeia
John Westbrook
Christopher Gough
Derek Francis
Lord Trevanion
Oliver Johnston
Henry Kenrick
Richard Vernon
Dr. Vivian
Frank Thornton
Peperel
Ronald Adam
Minister at Graveside
Denis Gilmore
Livery Boy
Penelope Lee
Lady Rowena's Maidservant
Unknown
Pallbearer
Unknown
Pallbearer
Unknown
Pallbearer
Unknown
Pallbearer
Maxwell Craig
Wedding Guest
(uncredited)
Frank Harper
Wedding Guest
(uncredited)
Anthony Lang
Wedding Guest
(uncredited)
Manny Michael
Wedding Guest
(uncredited)
Fred Wood
Wedding Guest
(uncredited)
Unknown
Wedding Guest
Unknown
Wedding Guest
Unknown
Wedding Guest
Unknown
Wedding Guest
Unknown
Wedding Guest
Unknown
Coachman
Del Watson
Footman
Unknown
Maidservant
George Leech
Gravedigger
(uncredited)
Unknown
Gravedigger
That Darn Cat
Herself

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