Verden Fell (Vincent Price) is convinced his deceased wife Ligeia is haunting him and his ill-advised second marriage to a woman who resembles her (Elizabeth Shepherd), and believes that Ligeia’s spirit takes the form of a black cat. But is this actually a delusion on his part?
The Tomb of Ligeia completes the wonderful Price/Corman/Poe cycle of films that began with House of Usher four years earlier, and would arguably include some of the finest films in Price’s career. Like many other AIP movies, Poe’s actual story merely inspires the tale, and the beauty of watching is not just in the story, but the fabulous visual look – even in broad daylight the imposing backdrop of the ruined abbey has a striking presence.
For 18 years now we’ve always featured a Vincent Price movie, and no Abertoir would be complete without one. With over 100 films to his name, there’s no chance of us running out soon!