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The Pit and the Pendulum
The Pit and the Pendulum
Actors: Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, John Kerr, Luana Anders, Antony Carbone
Director: Roger Corman
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Cult Movies, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2001     1hr 20min

The Fall of the House of Usher's success in 1960 spurred American International Pictures to quickly launch another production based on an Edgar Allan Poe story. While producer-director Roger Corman had hoped to next adapt ...  more »

     

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Actors: Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, John Kerr, Luana Anders, Antony Carbone
Director: Roger Corman
Creators: Floyd Crosby, Anthony Carras, James H. Nicholson, Samuel Z. Arkoff, Edgar Allan Poe, Richard Matheson
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Cult Movies, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Cult Movies, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: American International Pictures (AIP)
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/05/2001
Original Release Date: 08/12/1961
Theatrical Release Date: 08/12/1961
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 20min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: Spanish, French
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Movie Reviews

Pit and the Pendulum
Carl Manes | 05/10/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Roger Corman succeeds with another excellent Edgar Allen Poe adaptation starring the one and only Vincent Price alongside the captivating Barbara Steele. The classic tale finds a mournful brother on his way back to Spain, where he intends to uncover the truth behind his sister's untimely death. He is met with lies and deceit from her surviving husband, who eventually reveals that she died of pure fright when she discovered the torture chamber lying beneath the castle's dark corridors. Francis soon finds that the hysterical Nicholas Medina was the son of the Inquisition's most notorious torturer, and that he is on the brink of insanity following his wife's demise. Corman's PIT shares much of the same brilliant scripting, superior technical form, and visual storytelling as Mario Bava's WHIP AND THE BODY. The typically modest budget is entirely concealed by its lavish sets, incredible matte paintings, and elaborate costume designs. A combination of shrouded framing and lucid color filters also give the flashbacks a haunting dream-like quality. Price hams it up in the role as only he can, but is just as enjoyable as ever as the mentally distraught Medina. PIT AND THE PENDULUM is sure to please any Gothic Horror fans, and marks one of Roger Corman's finer achievements.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies"