Tormented (1960)

Tormented lobby card
Tormented lobby card
Is she a corpse or a pile of seaweed?
Is she a corpse or a pile of seaweed?

Tom Stewart (Richard Carlson), a jazz pianist living in an island community, is haunted by the ghost of his ex girlfriend Vi Mason (Juli Reding), who he allowed to fall to her death from a lighthouse.

Vi hangs from the top of the lighthouse and Tom doesn't come to her aid
Vi hangs from the top of the lighthouse and Tom doesn’t come to her aid

I like this cheesy B&W ghost flick quite a bit!

Come on, Richard, these are special effects in a Bert I Gordon movie: it's no good pretending you can't see them!
Come on, Richard, these are special effects in a Bert I Gordon movie: it’s no good pretending you can’t see them!

TORMENTED, directed by Bert I Gordon (who swaps his usual giant creatures for a ghostly gal this time), features a neat little story that keeps you interested as you watch Carlson becoming ever more paranoid, repeatedly seeing the ghostly Reding… who very often appears just as a head, a hand or footprints. At one point Carlson thinks he finds Reding’s drowned corpse but it becomes just a pile of seaweed: is he losing his mind?

Is Vi a ghost or is Tom seeing things?
Is Vi a ghost or is Tom seeing things?
The ghostly hand crawls across the carpet
The ghostly hand crawls across the carpet
Tom 'sees' Vi's disembodied head... or is it a plant vase?
Tom ‘sees’ Vi’s disembodied head… or is it just a vase of flowers?

There’s an enjoyable soundtrack that is jazzy with creepy moments, director Gordon’s daughter Susan is pretty good as young sis Sandy, the special effects are very simple yet quirkily effective in their own way and, well, TORMENTED has a novel vibe all its own.

The special effects are pretty simple, but I like them!
The special effects are not THAT special, but I like them!
Ghostly face in a photograph!
Ghostly face in a photograph!
Nick the blackmailing beatnik (Joe Turkel)
Nick the blackmailing beatnik ferryman is played by Joe Turkel
Lugene Sanders plays Tom's fiancée Meg Hubbard
Lugene Sanders plays Tom’s fiancée Meg Hubbard
Tom Stewart is tormented!
Tom Stewart is tormented!

Juli Reding, as the vengeful spirit Vi, looks like she had a fun time in her role, playfully harassing Richard Carlson’s character Tom throughout the film…

…”Tom Stewart killed me! Tom Stewart killed me!”

"Tom Stewart killed me! Tom Stewart killed me!"
All together now: “Tom Stewart killed me! Tom Stewart killed me!”

Here are some colourful posters for TORMENTED…

US poster
US poster
Italian poster
Italian poster
German poster
German poster
US poster
US poster

DVD covers…

US DVD cover
US DVD cover
French DVD cover
Killer Creature Double Feature DVD cover
Killer Creature Double Feature DVD cover

Finally, some lobby cards…

Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card
Mexican lobby card
This Mexican lobby card adds some blood!

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