Hallowed Histories

Unearthing 'The Tomb of Ligeia'


Hallowed Histories present a rare screening of the Norfolk-shot 'Tomb Of Ligeia'. Roger Corman's adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe's stories have become cult classics, films like 'The Fall of the House of Usher' and 'The Pit and the Pendulum' are seen as the best adaptations of Poe's macabre tales, capturing their charm, cruelty and manic, dreamlike atmospheres.

In 1964 Corman rounded off his octuplet of sinister stories with an adaptation of 'The Tomb of Ligeia'. For these films, the 'King of Shoestring' was given bigger budgets resulting in their lush colours and beautiful sets. For 'Ligeia', Corman decided to shoot the film in England, and used the atmospheric Norfolk countryside and Castle Acre Priory as primary locations.

As support, we've culled Anglia Television's legendary series 'Tales of the Unexpected' for an episode that show's off that series's strangeness, humour Norfolk locations. In 'A Stanger In Town', an engimatic stranger (Derek Jacobi) causes havoc in the streets of Norwich.

This rare opportunity to watch these creepy curios will be hosted by the man who literally wrote the book on horror, Professor Mark Jancovich.

Mark Jancovich came to UEA in September 2004. He studied at Keele University, the University of Kent at Canterbury and Indiana University. He has taught at the Universities of Keele, Manchester, and Nottingham, where he founded the Institute of Film Studies. He is the co-editor of two book series; a founding member of Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies; a member of several editorial and editorial advisory boards; and has been a member of research panel 2 of the AHRB, an subpanel of RAE 2008, and a member of the Executive of the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association. He has been an external examiner at over ten different Universities and supervised numerous research students to the successful completion of their studies.

Mark also blogs on TV horror and fantasy at fantasticfilmtv.com.

Free entry, but please reserve a ticket now! Free wine and soft drinks on arrival.