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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Lady Ligeia: Coming Soon to a Crypt Near You

Den of Geek (great name) has an in-depth interview up with Michael Staininger, the Austrian first-time director currently in post-production on Edgar Allen Poe's Ligeia, a modern-day adaptation of my personal favorite short story from the gothic horror master. Staininger gives a lot of fascinating insight into his work on Ligeia, including the differences between his film and Roger Corman's '60s classic The Tomb of Ligeia, the difficulties of adapting Poe to the screen, and the deficiencies in American horror films today. Of course, he also remarks, "I’m originally from Europe, from Austria, in Vienna, and anything with intellectual appeal immediately interested me." Well, excuse me, Mr. Fancy Pants European intellectual.

Poe's classic 1838 tale follows the story of a bizarre yet beatiful woman who finds a way to defeat death by sapping the life of her husband's second wife from beyond the grave, then possessing her body. Staininger's film is expected to be released sometime this fall. It features Wes Bentley of Ghost Rider fame, the great Michael Madsen, and yes, Eric Roberts. Newcomer Sofya Skya plays the title role. Despite the involvement of Eric Roberts, it sounds like it could actually be a cerebral, atmospheric, supernatural thriller. Fingers crossed.


Mr. Karswell said...

>Well, excuse me, Mr. Fancy Pants European intellectual.

Ha ha, no kiddin'... if he's this pompous in an interview then how pompous will his film be? I love the Corman version though. A friend of mine in NJ is super chummy with Elizabeth Shepherd (she was in a play he scripted about Casati) and he got me her autograph. I have it nicely framed with my Tomb of Ligeia one sheet.

Dove said...

It does sound like one to watch out for. I love the atmosphere in Poe's work.

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