The Pit and the Pendulum (1991) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

The Pit and the Pendulum (1991)

The Pit and the Pendulum (1991)

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  • Release Date:  1961
  • Genre:  Crime & Giallo, Ghost & Spirit
  • Director:  Roger Corman
  • Screenwriter:  Edgar Allan Poe, Richard Matheson
  • Cast & Crew: Stephen Lee, William Norris, Mark Margolis, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Barbara Bocci, Benito Stefanelli, Jeffrey Combs, Tom Towles, Jonathan Fuller, and Tunny Piras.

The Pit and the Pendulum (1991)Rating:

  • Andrew = 7 / 10;
  • Raoul = 7.5 / 10;
  • IMDB = 6.2/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 3.9/10.

The Pit and the Pendulum (1991) Synopsis:

A man travels to the castle of the Medina in order to investigate the recent death of his sister. Upon his arrival, he finds his sister’s husband to be quite suspicious.

The Pit and the Pendulum (1991) Review:

The Pit And The Pendulum is the unique combination of a superb story written by Mr. Edgar Allan Poe, the skills of one of the best horror director of all time, Roger Corman, and the brilliant acting of both Vincent Price (House of Haunted Hill, The Fly, House of Wax and many more) and my favorite actress Barbara Steele (Black Sunday).

The film is set in a medieval theme, during the Spanish Inquisition to be exact, and relate a clever story of torture and ghost. The overall atmosphere, with the huge haunted castle, the torture chambers, is extremely dark and makes the movie genuinely creepy, even to the modern standard. Vincent Price manages to alternate between his legendary calm voice and moments of madness, giving a very strong overall impression. All this along with a surprise-full story result in a brilliant collaboration of the greatest minds of the time and a magical result.

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