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The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 20 January 1965 (USA)
A man's obsession with his dead wife drives a wedge between him and his new bride.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writers:

Edgar Allan Poe (short story), Robert Towne (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... Verden Fell
Elizabeth Shepherd ... The Lady Rowena Trevanion / The Lady Ligeia
John Westbrook ... Christopher Gough
Derek Francis Derek Francis ... Lord Trevanion
Oliver Johnston ... Kenrick
Richard Vernon ... Dr. Vivian
Frank Thornton ... Peperel
Ronald Adam ... Minister at Graveside
Denis Gilmore ... Livery Boy
Penelope Lee Penelope Lee ... Lady Rowena's Maidservant
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Storyline

Some years after having buried his beloved wife Ligea, Verden Fell meets and eventually marries the lovely Lady Rowena. Fell is something of a recluse, living in a small part of a now ruined Abbey with his manservant Kenrick as the only other occupant. He remains infatuated with his late wife and is convinced that she will return to him. While all goes well when first married, he returns to his odd behavior when they return to the Abbey from their honeymoon. The memories of Ligea continue to haunt him as well as her promise that she would never die. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines:

His first wife is dead- but still a little CATTY! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House at the End of the World See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Alta Vista Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The exterior of the building is a real building, it is Castle Acre Priory in Norfolk, UK, which is a National Heritage monument, and is still open to the public at time of writing (2018). Fake parts of scenery added just for the movie include the tombstones seen among the ruins, and the tallest part of the residential wing (the part that catches fire first) which does not exist in reality. See more »

Goofs

Position of Ligeia's arms when lying in bed. When Rowena fall on her her arms are in a position like holding something. Few minutes later, when Verden take a look on the bed hidden by the black curtains, their arms are in other position. See more »

Quotes

The Lady Rowena Trevanion: Has Ligeia's death changed him greatly?
Christopher Gough: Well, he's certainly changed, but I never knew her.
The Lady Rowena Trevanion: Was he always so morose?
Christopher Gough: Bit mysterious, perhaps. Do you like him?
The Lady Rowena Trevanion: I don't think so. But what has that to do with it?
Christopher Gough: To do with what?
The Lady Rowena Trevanion: With whom one is drawn to. Whom one loves. Even whom one marries!
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Corman's best?
9 June 2003 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Of all the collaborations between director Roger Corman and sensuous, creepy actor Vincent Price, this is probably their best. There's the small cast of characters, mainly Ligeia, buried in a marble tomb in the grounds of a sinister old abbey, Rowena, a lady horserider looking for someone she can be 'drawn' to who is more interesting than her beau Christopher, and Verdon, Ligeia's bereaved husband, with his black shades and mood swings. There's also a cat. And this cat is really the true star of the film, watching, attacking, influencing.

The film benefits from its heavy use of locations, and makes it stand apart from the studio interiors of other adaptations. This is a decadent, decaying England with strange happenings and curses. It is a superb film, and lifts the Shepperton Poe adaptations to a new level.


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