April 23, 2024
$24.95 | $19.95
Tormented, body and soul, by the she ghost of Haunted Island!
BD: $24.95 | DVD: $19.95
Cult director Bert I. Gordon was at the helm for this terrifying story of supernatural passion. Set on an island in a tight-knit community, Tom Stewart (Richard Carlson) is preparing to marry the woman he loves. All is well until Tom's old girlfriend, Vi, confronts him at the top of the island's lighthouse, claiming he can only be hers! A freak accident throws the scorned woman to her death. At first relieved, Tom's tune changes when her vengeful spirit begins to follow him wherever he goes. He's soon tormented, body and soul, by an unforgiving she-ghost! What lengths will Tom go to in order to protect his secret? Will the vengeful Vi finally reveal herself to the others at hand? Find out in this harrowing tale of love between the living and the dead!
The Film Elements
Scanned in 4K from 35mm archival elements.
Original Trailer also scanned in 4K from 35mm archival elements; presented in its raw format.
Recut Theatrical Trailer using restored elements, also included.
The Disc Specs
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Run Time: 74 minutes
This Disc is Region Free and includes English SDH.
Audio is DTS-HD / Dolby AC3s.
Gary Rhodes, good friends with the late Joe Turkel, provides commentary for this feature.
Tom Weaver provides the feature essay for this release.
Bonus essay provided by John Wooley on Susan Gordon.
MST3K version of "Tormented" (1.33:1) is included, with captions.
Ballyhoo Motion Pictures presents "Bert I. Gordon in the 1950s & 1960s: Bigger Than Life," featuring
C. Courtney Joyner.
Archival interview with writer/director/producer Bert I. Gordon.
New visual essay by The Flying Maciste Brothers.
Unreleased TV pilot episode of "Famous Ghost Stories," with Vincent Price.
"Tormented... by the she ghost of Haunted Island!"
Director: Bert I. Gordon
Starring: Richard Carlson, Susan Gordon, Lugene Sanders
1960 | HD | 74 minutes
"If murder victims could return to the world of the living, chances are that tops on their To-Do lists would be visiting family members, wiping away tears of grief, and assuring them that the End is just the Beginning. All very uplifting. But spooks with these priorities are poor candidates for top spots in horror movies. We chiller fans prefer that “the restless dead” get right down to business and have a face-off with their killers.
Bert I. Gordon may have raised an eyebrow or two in 1959 when he announced his next picture, Tormented. The first curious thing about it was that, by making a ghost picture, the indie writer-producer-director was setting aside the giant people/giant monsters formula that had served him well for his entire directing career to date. The other oddity was that the ghost in Gordon’s tale was going to be that of a woman, sexy nightclub thrush Vi Mason. Not only that, the ghost meant to give viewers icy chills was smokin’ hot."
— excerpt from liner notes by Tom Weaver