“She will not rest, because she is not dead — to me.”
A nobleman (Vincent Price) remains obsessed with his dead wife (Elizabeth Shepherd), whose spirit appears to his new wife (also Shepherd) in the form of a black cat.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Edgar Allan Poe Films
- Historical Drama<
- Psychological Horror
- Roger Corman Films
- Vincent Price Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this “stylish Gothic tale” — the last of Roger Corman’s eight Poe adaptations — is “a classic example of how… Corman managed to disguise the fact that nothing happens until the very end.” Indeed, while some critics feel that Ligeia is one of Corman’s best outings — and represents a new level of maturity for the filmmaker, given his novel use of outdoor sets — I must say I disagree; there simply isn’t a whole lot going on here except plenty of atmosphere, and — as Peary points out — one of the great cinematic non sequiturs of all time (voiced by Price, naturally): “Not ten minutes ago I tried to kill a stray cat with a cabbage.” With that said, Ligeia is worth watching simply to see Vincent Price’s era-bending appearance as a 19th century nobleman wearing wrap-around sunglasses like a cool ’60s dude — as always, Price is The Man.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Vincent Price as Verden Fell
- Elizabeth Shepherd as The Lady Rowena and The Lady Ligeia
- Atmospheric direction and set designs
- Nicholas Roeg’s cinematography
No, but it’s worth a look.