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The Tomb of Ligeia (Tomb of the Cat) (1965)




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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 convinced that she is not dead. Months later, Lady Rowena (also played by Shepherd) is thrown from her horse and lands at the foot of Ligeia's grave. Verden tends to her and soon falls in love with her. They marry and move into Verden's gloomy Gothic abbey, where Rowena begins to have strange dreams involving Ligeia and a black cat. One night she awakens to discover a dead fox in her bed. When Ligeia's grave is exhumed, instead of Ligeia's corpse, a wax figure is discovered. Then Rowena finds, to her horror, Verden in the arms of his dead wife in a hidden room of the abbey. Having hypnotized Verden before she died, Ligeia had Verden convinced she will live forever. Verden, now possessed by the spirit of his dead wife, takes a torch to the abbey, trapping himself and Rowena in the flaming conflagration. But Christopher (John Westbrook), an admirer of Rowena, endeavors to rescue Rowena from the flames. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Horror, Classics
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Written By: Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Towne, Edgar Allan Poe IV
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Vincent Price
as Verden Fell
Elizabeth Shepherd
as Lady Rowena/Lady Lig...
John Westbrook
as Christopher Gough
Derek Francis
as Lord Trevanion
Richard Vernon
as Dr. Vivian
Denis Gilmore
as Livery Boy
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Full Review… | May 10, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Another film based on the writings of Edgar Allan Poe and directed by Roger Corman. The least effective of the ten Poe films. It often drags and Price seems miscast.

Full Review… | November 1, 2014
Movie Chambers

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.

Full Review… | November 2, 2011
Antagony & Ecstasy

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.

Full Review… | October 14, 2011
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

...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.

Full Review… | April 5, 2006

interesting in a morbid sort of way.

Full Review… | March 23, 2006
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Audience Reviews for The Tomb of Ligeia (Tomb of the Cat)

Nice paring of legends Vincent Price and Roger Corman. Solid '60's Gothic horror.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


This is one of my favourite Corman movies and favourite Price movies. Plus, it's got a cat, I love cats. I love the story too, it's very much like Poe's stories. And it has great atmosphere. I highly recommend it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


All things considered...a very polished looking film. Based on the short story by Edgar Allan Poe.

Vincent Price is delightfully morose as poor Verden Fell. A widower who (along with his new bride) is haunted by the memory(?) of his deceased(?) wife.

One of the better Corman films in my opinion. Full of creepy fun, cheap scares and over the top acting.

Oh and an omnipresent "FLYING" cat...can't forget the omnipresent flying cat!

Robert C

Super Reviewer

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