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Tomb of Ligeia & Evening of Edgar Allan Poe [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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This is a beautifully-filmed piece of work that makes excellent use of some stunning sets and outdoor locations. Vincent Price puts in a good, highly-watchable performance (as usual) and he is aided by a fine supporting cast. The film is presented in its wide screen format, in a ratio of 2.35:1, on this DVD and looks really beautiful.
I think that this was the last entry in Roger Corman's Poe cycle of films, and, although it is not my favourite entry (The Masque Of The Red Death still gets my vote as it is one of the most visually stunning horror films ever made), it still provides an impressive coda to this legendary series.
Don't get me wrong, "Ligeia" is a really commendable film, beautifully shot by the Castle Acre Priory in Norfolk, England but it simply does not top "Red Death" - and it probably came with too many expectations following the success of "..Death".
The reasons for this? I can see three:
First, the story, even if very scary and mysterious, is quite convoluted, and does not resist thorough analysis (I won't go into details here to avoid posting spoilers).
Second, the whole story evolves around a cat, and after "Tales of Terror", it is becoming a bit redundant to see a cat in Corman-Poe movies...
Third, and most important, the cast does not really do it for me. Price remains as towering as always, but Elisabeth Shepherd, who is carrying the film on her shoulders, does not have the necessary charisma and is no match for Hazel Court and Jane Asher in "Masque". The lesser said about John Westbrook, the better. As a result, Vincent Price is alone on screen most of the times.
Don't get me wrong though, we have a very good film here, with some very efficient scary scenes (in the cemetary in particular and towards the end), but it is shadowed by the success of its predecessor and the fact that it is clearly, slightly less good. But it remains within the average quality for this series of films, i.e. very high standards indeed.
"tomb of ligeia" is more involved than previous corman films; there are more location sequences and the plot is rather complicated to understand. but there are good scenes and vincent price is as reliable as ever. a good effort.
"an evening with edgar allan poe" is a wasted opportunuity.
the stories chosen aren't the best by a long way. "the sphinx" is a waste of time; a disappointing ending and the story doesn't make sense. "the tell-tale heart" is better but the film set is all wrong. it should have a gothic look to it but instead looks more like a western. "the cask of amontillado" is too restricted. "the pit and the pendulum" is by far the best and is a massive compensation. there is some editing to the story but still very well done.
but i'm afraid the direction is non-existent. vincent price spends too much time in one place. why not film him walking along dark corridors whilst acting out the stories? it would have been far superior.
the selection of tales should have been different but also there should have been more of them; "the pit and the pendulum," "the oval portrait," "masque of the red death," "the facts in the case of m. valdemar," "fall of the house of usher" and "ligeia."
that would have been perfect. still, vincent price gives the performance of his career. this is solid proof that he is a highly trained, skilled, dramatic actor and it takes someone with his talent to pull this off.
an interesting concept, but a failure for the most part.
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Good old classic horror, lost the plot once or twice, got a bit too complicated, but was worth the money!Published 6 months ago by linda smith
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Excellent addition to my collection. Delivery & service 1st class, i'm very pleased.Published 10 months ago by Christopher
Like the suspence drama and thriller of the Tomb Of Ligea. Vincent Price my favourite horror actor and the story by Edgar Allen Poe.Published 14 months ago by David