The Tomb (2008)
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Wes Bentley, Eric Roberts, and Michael Madsen headline first-time feature filmmaker Michael Straininger's story of a successful writer and scholar who falls under the spell of a bewitching seductress on an obsessive quest for immortality. Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's acclaimed short story of the same name, Ligeia tells the story of Jonathan Merrick (Bentley), a respected academic engaged to the beautiful Rowena (Kaitlin Doubleday), but unable to resist the advances of ravishing siren Ligeia (Sofya Skya). Ligeia suffers from a terminal illness, and in order to cheat death she extracts the souls of others. After tricking Jonathan into supporting her ghoulish endeavor, Ligeia gradually draws him into her mysterious world of darkness. Forsaking his beloved Rowena, Jonathan joins Ligeia in her lavish manor at the edge of the Black Sea. There, Ligeia's amaranthine presence slowly erodes the fragile psyche of her prisoner Jonathan, forever cursed to be the victim of his own undying lust. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Tomb
There are some good horror moments (especially when Ligeia is doing her black-magic voodoo by administering absinthe and trapping souls in her secret dungeon), but mostly the movie is talk, talk, sex, talk, talk.
Audience Reviews for The Tomb
"We will never have to pay that price. We can live forever."
I don't know why I watch movies like these. They're clearly going to be awful. All the reviews I read further reinforced the fact that it was going to be awful. But, I still felt compelled to see it, anyway. And yep, it was awful.
The problems were myriad. The scares and horror aspect of The Tomb were surpassed by most of The Goosebumps books I read as a kid. The story was silly and bland. The attempt to appeal to the audience with sex fell flat with scenes that would hardly earn a PG-13 rating and had no chemistry between the participants.
The absolute worst things about The Tomb, though were the acting and the script. The entire cast was uniformly wretched, especially Wes Bentley and Sofya Skya. Sofya is certainly a very beautiful woman, but she would be wise to reconsider this whole "actress" thing. And Bentley came close to achieving the feat of making me never want to see another movie that he's in, ever. As for the script, describing it as "amateur" would be an insult to everyone who has ever been an amateur at anything in the history of the world. The dialogue is abysmal, and I can't imagine that anyone spent more than a few hours writing this.
I don't know what kind of dire financial situations are responsible for Eric Roberts and Michael Madsen being in this dreck, but I'm willing to offer money out of my own pockets to help them never have to be in anything this terrible, again. The only possible entertainment to be gained from The Tomb is from making fun of it. It's hilariously bad, but still too boring for me to recommend even for a laugh with your friends.
This is not an all together bad movie, but the plot was a bit scattered and hard to understand. It must have been hard to stretch an 8 page short story into a feature length movie so I am blaming the lack of plot on that. It would have been nice if it could have stayed true to original idea of Poe's story and for that I can't forgive this movie.
This movie also known as 'The Tomb' stars Wes Bentley (which I swear is some distant cousin to Ian Somerhalder.. There's times I thin I see an Ian movie & its wes in it instead! So now we know if Damon on Vampire Diaries ever has a Doppleganger, who would have to play it!) a Professor and author who gets himself into a dark affair with a Russian student that is experimenting with the mortal soul. Can it be captured, and reweave into another body? This dark moody movie was interesting, and not really predictable. I swear Wes Bentley is the Dark half of Ian Somerhalder. There's been pictures where you look at a certain way or quickly & you'd swear it was Ian but not. C+
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