The Tomb of Ligeia (Tomb of the Cat)
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The Tomb of Ligeia (Tomb of the Cat)
Once again Vincent Price stars for director Roger Corman in The Tomb of Ligeia, the last of Corman's eight Edgar Allen Poe adaptations, a film graced by a script by Robert Towne and moody cinematography by Nicolas Roeg. Price has the creepy lead role of Verden Fell. In 1821, when Verden's wife Ligeia (Elizabeth Shepherd) dies, she is buried in a churchyard, despite the parson's objections that she can't be buried there since she isn't a Christian. Before the grave is closed, abetted by the screech of a black cat, Ligeia eyes shoot open, startling Verden, who becomes… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"An excellent conclusion to the [AIP Poe] cycle, and a fine achievement of penny-pinching filmmaking of the sort that Corman did better than anyone else."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"interesting in a morbid sort of way."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"To have one's pulse race when turning the pages of "Ligeia" - or, indeed, while watching Corman's film - isn't merely to fall into Poe's literary trap, it's to somehow be in communion with the dead author."
‑ Michael Nordine, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"A creepy and atmospheric ghost movie."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"...visually sumptuous as the fetid ambience of English ruins such as Stonehenge and a 900-year-old abbey fills every widescreen inch.... Price [is] the romantic lead and the (admirably restrained) vessel of necrophilic madness."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"This was the last of Corman's Poe films, but it is clear that the well of ideas had not run dry."
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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