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Creepy Classics Spotlight Movie Last Weekend - TOMB OF LIGEIA (1964)

Every week, readers here are selecting a movie to view...then we all try to watch it together utilizing our DVD/video library. This past Saturday night, many of us watched TOMB OF LIGEIA (1964). This was suggested by John Pace, Miami, FL. Details about movie nights to come are HERE. Please include your name and location after your comments, so we can see how we're all joining together from diffeent locals around the globe! Let's all Synch-Up Saturday nights at 7:30PM, or catch this week's movie sometime over the weekend!

Hey Bash Synchers,

I think this will be the first time I have seen this movie, I have no memories of it. So here we go with The Tomb of Ligeia with the great Vincent Price.
Not AIP? Strange Atlas figure for the studio. I wonder if that is why I haven't seen this earlier.
Vincent! From the get go throwing out great lines with sincere delivery!
The opening of the eyes! Creepy!
Has the cat got your tongues...heh heh heh!
Screenplay by Robert Towne! I loved Bonnie and Clyde and Chinatown.
Interesting location for the cemetery. Where is that?
Wild editing for the horse throw. How to make it look like a lady is falling off a horse without actually throwing her!
Vincent's shock appearance!
What cool ruins! RC must have had some money to go to Europe for this one?
No animals were hurt in the making of this movie...NOT. Some fox had to die for it!
Willful little bitch isn't she! Yowser, some PG language, daring for those years.
You know, I can never figure out why ladies in movies end up falling for patently crazy guys, but then again it ain't unrealistic, happens all the time where I am at. Can't figure them out.
With all this Egyptian stuff, it is almost as if Ligiea is a mummy.
I love the VP voiceover as the girl chases the cat. Directly from Poe?
Stonehenge! Roger had his way in England!
I think I am being hypnotized by Vincent too!
Cool dream sequence.
More wild editing with VP's entrance to Rowinas room!
Wrassling with Ligeia, ewww!
Great fire scene!
Kill that Cat!
Roger Corman at his best! He had money to spend and he spent it well. Literate script, great locations and sets, and Vincent Price. Who could ask for anything more? Fantastic!
See you next week!

-Ken Blose
San Luis Mexico

I always love the Poe-Price-Corman films so I was glad to see this one on
the list. This one strikes me as the most Poe like of all. I pulled out
my "Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe" over the weekend and
was reminded how much his stories and poems imply rather than show. The
words tumble out in a torrent that creates half told stories, barely seen
images that the imagination fills in. Tomb is much "wordier" than the
other films in this set, longer narration segments and Price's various
speeches, especially when walking in the grave yard are even more in the
19th century language of the original writings.

As always Vincent Price
is excellent, he plays these roles with the perfect mix of bewilderment
and submerged evil. He always has that look in the corner of his eye that
says "I may become completely unhinged any moment now"

Bravo to former
Bash guest Elizabeth Shepherd, I thought she played her part with a
powerful mix of self confidence and strangeness. One of the truly
chilling moments for me was when she was being hypnotized to remember her
childhood and becomes possessed by Ligeia. The way her voice changed and
whole face shifted was ultra creepy. So much of the creepiness and horror
of this story/film is in the mind.

The dead? wife kept in the upper room,
the really nasty cat, whatever it is that is affecting the master's
eyesight at the abbey (notice he isn't wearing the glasses at his wedding
or when returning from the honeymoon), the strange room with the weird
statues and paintings (a standard Corman image) and let's not forget the
dead fox. I went back and read the original story, which while only
slightly connected to the film, builds the sense of dread with a series of
images and emotions.

This is where the film succeeds I think. It's a
slower moving films than many of the other Corman-Poe works but builds the
other worldly creepiness very nicely. Oh, and by the way, did Roweena's
father really call her a "Willful b**ch?" That was perhaps the most
startling moment in the film for me!

-Kevin Slick, Colorado

I thought I had seen this before, but now I see that I never have. Good mix of Corman production value and Vincent Price and the amalgam of Poe stories.. I must have missed any explanation of the sunglasses because I'm not sure there was one other than Price saying he had some sort of horrible condition.

Ligeia..Rowena...Ligeia...Rowena.. pick a body and stick with it.

Les Zuckerman
Cherry Hill, NJ

Hi Ron,

Here are my thoughts on TOMB OF LIGEIA
I love the image of Ligeia in the coffin with that Mona Lisa smile.
The standing sets reused from BECKET (I think) really dress up the production values.
It’s amazing how the change in hair color really alters Elizabeth Shepherd’s screen persona.
A morbid reaction to sunlight – as in other AIP Poe films, a physical affliction mirrors a malady of the soul.
Flirting in the graveyard – now there’s a curious way to begin a romance!
I think this is the only time in the Poe series that Vincent Price had a female protagonist who could match him as a performer.
I like Price’s narration over the bell scene. Very artistic.
This film could have been entitled BAD KITTY.
Ligeia and Rowena entwined in the veil of death – great imagery.
Ah yes, the burning chicken coop once again. Who knew that a stone castle could catch fire that easily?
TOMB OF LIGEIA builds its strange mood on the power of ambiguity. In some ways, there is too much ambiguity for its own good. Mysterious incidents substitute for real plotting. There is talk of hypnotism, Egyptian mysticism, the power of the will and an obsession that transcends death but even in the film’s final moments, no conclusive answers are given. Because of this, it will probably always be ranked as a second tier entry in the Poe series by most fans. But to me, this ambiguity gives LIGEIA a quality unique among horror films of that period. And, in a very real way, it channels Poe in a way that more literal adaptations fail to do. Three and a half stars.

“She will not rest because she is not dead…to me.”

Steven Thornton
LaSalle, MI

The 8th and one of the biggest of the Roger Corman/Vincent Price pitures based on the writing of Poe, this film is about an evil woman whose spirit has inhabited that of a black cat in order to get revenge on her husband

Price plays it to the hilt but is a little laid back, which is a good thing. Elizabeth Shepherd plays his new wife who battle the ghost for his affections.

Well made, full of atmosphere and just a darn good time.

Kevin Coon
Twin Falls, Idaho

Hi Ron,

I’ve had my Tomb of Ligeia comic book since the 60’s, but I never actually saw the movie until last weekend, when it was the pick of the week for a group viewing. I’ve had the DVD for a while, too—a Midnight Movies double-feature, which we originally bought to see Mr. Price’s performance in “An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe,” which is a solo tour-de-force for the actor, highly recommended. Truthfully, I’ve never been a huge fan of Roger Corman’s Poe films—I guess I just like the tales of the master delivered in his own words. The only one I ever saw in the theater at the time of release was “The Masque of the Red Death,” which Dad took me to see at the old Loew’s Poli in Bridgeport, Connecticut; the building is still there, but sadly, boarded up and ear-marked for the Twilight Zone.

I had Sunday off, so I figured I’d grab the opportunity to finally see Ligeia--and Vincent Price in action once again. I also wanted to finally see what the deal was with those cool shades. It’s not one of my all time favorites, but, like Karloff and Lugosi, Mr. Price is always a pleasure to watch —“Witchfinder General” is another film of his that’s on my list.
I’ll send off a photo of my comic.

Mike Zielski

Hey All Fellow Poe Addicts,

Just Watched "The Tomb Of Ligeia" FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME today-- ("Tuesday Afternoon" -to take a page {err. TITLE} from a very famous and popular Moody Blues song! ---much like our fellow wonderful commentator above Ken Blose-- I also do not ever remember have`n seen this moody, nightmarish Roger Corman production before! I remember watching "The Raven" and "The Pit And The Pendulum" along with "The Premature Burial" many times when I was an impressionable kid growing up in good ol` Parma, Ohio BUT I don`t remember the old Channel 43 televising this one.

Anyway, getting to the movie- This is one HAUNTING and DISTURBING film! Once again Vincent Price plays a man (Verden Fell) who is tormented by his past (this time over losing his wife (The Lady Ligeia) a few years before quite tragically) Unfortunately for him, he cannot quite get over her loss, and is constantly haunted by her death {He actually believes that she has come to life in the form of a black cat early on in the film) Ironically, through (circumstance?) The Lady Rowena Trevanion (played wonderfully by Elizabeth Shepherd) falls from her horse among the starking ruins of an ancient English castle and meets up with the haunting figure of Mr. Fell.

Nice production designs (the castle sets and ruins) Neat Cinematography (the fox chase in the beginning of the movie) and Beautiful Costume/Wardrobe Designs by Mary Gibson (the red and black dress worn by Elizabeth is a highlight!) enhance this film shot at Shepperton Studios in England. As far as the performances go- Vincent Price is actually decently restrained in this one (as opposed to his more over-the-top performances in "The Pit And The Pendulum" and "The Masque of The Red Death") and Monster Bash alum Elizabeth Shepherd does a nice job with her tough "dual" role!

It was a distinct pleasure for me to meet Elizabeth back at the Spring 2008 Cinema Wasteland Show and to talk to her at length about the making of this Edgar Allen Poe classic! (as well as working with Vincent Price and on "Damien: Omen II" with William Holden and Lee Grant) Later on that same year, she appeared at the Monster Bash and thrilled all her fans with stories of working with the "Master Of Menace"- Vincent Price! TIMELESS MEMORIES!

---All in all, this film is a interesting delight (albeit a little slow-paced)- My rating: 3.5/5 stars.- Dan Brenneis- Monster Bash Staff Member And LifeTime FilmFan Extroadinairre.

You can get the DVD of TOMB OF LIGIA (1964) --- double featured with AN EVENING WITH EDGAR ALLAN POE (Also with Vincent Price) in the Complete DVD Catalog in-line at Creepy Classics.


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