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Friday, April 20, 2012

The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)

Cinematic gold was found every time writer/director Roger Corman teamed up with Vincent Price to produce an adaptation of a story from Edgar Allan Poe.  The Tomb of Ligeia is certainly no exception to this rule.  It's a mostly forgotten gem that needs to be seen by EVERYONE who loves either Poe or Price.
The story begins with the sullen and mysterious Verden Fell, played brilliantly by Price.  Fell buried his beloved Ligeia several years back along with her promise that she would not stay dead.  Fell meets the beautiful Rowena and one of the most bizarre love triangles ever conceived begins.  Elizabeth Shepherd [Damien: Omen 2] gives a powerful performance in the dual roles of Ligeia and Rowena.  She and Price make quite a pair...or is that a threesome?
Furthermore, the cinematography is lush and beautiful.  Corman and cinematographer Arthur Grant ant make wonderful use of a dilapidated church for many of its outdoor scenes.  It makes an amazing background and sets the tone for the film.  They also employ fire and flames in some creative ways hat make it feel more like a character in the film rather than a special effect.
Ligeia is more thriller than horror, but it's a thrilling ride indeed.  I'm surprised more people don't know about this one.  It's classic horror at its best.  Don't miss it.

P.S.  There is some serious cat abuse in this film, so if you're very fond of felines and have a weak stomach, you might want to skip this one.
RATING: Excellent.
For more info check out the episode's entry in IMDB.

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