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Tormented

Starring: Richard Carlson Director: Bert I. Gordon
A killer is haunted by the ghost of his murdered girlfriend.
Tormented
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DVD Features:

  • Includes original theatrical trailer.
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 15 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
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  • Originally Released: 1960
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Tom Stewart is prepared to marry when his previous lover turns up and demands he take her back. Their argument leads them to the top of an old lighthouse from which the girl falls to her death. Tom conceals his involvement in her death, but finds himself tortured by the woman's ghost - whose only desire is revenge.

Tormented is a surprisingly subtle thriller from Bert I. Gordon, primarily known for such extravagant, but low budget, features as Amazing Colossal Man, Attack of the Puppet People and The Spider. Utilizing the same special effects that propelled his other work, Gordon creates a tense, terrifying atmosphere that reaches its pinnacle when the scorned ghost invades the wedding ceremony - her very presence killing flowers and driving grown men to scream in terror.

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Set on an island near New England, this thriller revolves around Tom Stewart (Richard Carlson), a man about to be married to the love of his life. He experiences more than pre-wedding jitters, however, when the idyllic days leading up to his wedding are interrupted by an unwanted guest--his ex-girlfriend Vi. When Vi's visit ends in tragedy, Tom thinks he's free once again to enjoy his future life. However, Vi appears once again on the eve of his wedding as a ghost dead-set on getting her revenge.

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Ghosts | Mishaps

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Customer Rating: Rating 3.7
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Rating 5.0 There's a lot wrong with this movie, but... Movie Lover: from Fresno, CA US -- October, 28, 2004

This is defiantly, a Bert I Gordon production, made for drive-in consumption. What does plot, continuity or even common sense have to do with steaming up the windows of your dad's Dodge, on a Friday night?

The special effects are cheesy and cheap. The story repeatedly requires the viewer to abandon logic. There are no likable characters in the movie (I was hoping that Carlson-or anyone-would kill that obnoxious little girl after her first scene). Most of the characters are so badly drawn that they're not even good caricatures-they're little more than cardboard cutouts that Gordon and company moved around the sets, as the story (as it is) is played out in front of his camera.

But, throw away the dross and concentrate on the story of the young lover cast aside for the "good girl." The contrast between the two girls makes this thing work. Goody-2-shoes represents virtue. She's the girl for whom Carlson threw over the bad girl. This is homeroom soap opera, at its best. How many High School seniors are "tormented" by the girl who put out, but didn't get to keep the boy who moves on to a more "popular" or "acceptable" girl? How many 16 year old girls know the humiliation of being used by some young stud, only to be snubbed around his friends or ignored when he hooks up with someone "better". Ultimately, it is the ghost that much of the female half of the film's original audience could relate. She had been wronged and revenge was sweet.

It's a morality tale, a soap opera and a sweet little ghost story. It's typical 50's drive-in material, but, in its own way, this strange little movie works.


Rating 1.0 Another pile of Bert I. Gordon Bile Movie Lover: from Somewhere in Pennsylvania near a computer -- August, 20, 2004

"Tormented" tries very hard to be dark and scarey but winds up being just depressing and disgusting. The only thing vaguely redeeming about this movie is that it occasionally manages to be pathetic enough to be funny.

I was particularly bemused by the sailor/milkman/blackmailer and his incomprehensible slang lingo.

With the old blind woman who is so "wise" deciding to walk up the decaying and dangerous lighthouse stairs all by herself, "Tormented" destroys any sense of involvement or tension with the sheer inane and unrealistic stupidity of the characters involved.

The ending is predictable yet nauseating, when he leads up the little girl with obvious intent to kill her and then falling of and finally ending the film with his demise.
This peice of cinematic smeg left me with the taste of recycled vomit that has been coughed up, choked back and swallowed only to be regurgitated a second time.


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