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The Tomb of Ligeia/An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Audio commentary with director Roger Corman
  • Audio commentary with star Elizabeth Shepherd
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • English: Mono
  • English, French & Spanish subtitles
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
Not really a movie, An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe is a videotaped 90-minute TV special starring Vincent Price. Appearing solo, Price recites several vintage Poe tales, including The Black Cat, The Pit and the Pendulum, and The Cask of Amontillado. Price is dressed in period costume and performs before 19th century sets, but the stories are staged as "reader's theatre," with only an occasional visual representation. The best of the batch is Cask of Amontillado, which Price relates with giggling glee rather than with the haunted, tormented interpretation utilized by most actors. An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe was a Halloween fixture of local TV stations during the mid-1970s. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Tomb of Ligeia
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, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Vincent Price
    Vincent Price
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