Roger Corman’s Edgar Allan Poe series ended, happily, on a great note with The Tomb of Ligeia.
In this film, Vincent Price plays Verden Fell. The loss of wife Ligeia (Elizabeth Shepherd), along with his vision problems(which require him to wear dark glasses when out during the day) and her blasphemous views on God, prompts Verden to retreat from society.
However, he later befriends a woman named Rowena Trevanion (also played by Shepherd), who is acquainted with his friend Christopher Gough (John Westbook). Verden eventually marries Rowena, but is still haunted by Ligeia’s presence, which has manifested itself in the form of a black cat as well as visions experienced during the night. Soon Rowena finds herself being influenced by the spirit of the previous Mrs. Fell. This leads to a tragic climax in which Verden must face Ligeia’s spirit.
The script was written by Robert Towne, who would win an Oscar for writing Chinatown (1974) almost a decade later.
Price and Corman would go onto to make many more memorable films, but none of the later film adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe’s work would match the artistic or entertainment quality of the ones they made.
I also recommend picking up the DVD of the film as it comes with An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe, a 1970 TV special in which Price performs one-man shows of four Poe tales.