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Thursday, 26 March 2015

The Tomb of Ligeia (1965)

The last of Corman’s Poe films gives viewers further reason to hate the aristocracy, as if more were needed. Vincent plays a man held in thrall from beyond the grave by a mating of two souls. The horror of it affects his waking hours and makes him more aggressive than we usually see him. Elizabeth Shepherd is his love interest; she’s excellent in a dual role.
It throws in references to other Poe works just for the hell of it, but what really sets it apart is the beautiful, poetic language used and the stunning location work in and around the ruins of a picturesque Norfolk abbey. I’d willingly forgo sleep just to be able to live there.

4 conqueror worms out of 5

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