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The Pit and the Pendulum

The Pit and the Pendulum (1991)

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Release Date: Aug 5, 1961 Wide

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
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Only loosely based on Edgar Allen Poe's classic short story, this horror film was filmed on location in a spooky Italian castle and tells the convoluted story of a mad priest who devises exquisitely painful ways of getting his victims to confess to dabbling in witchcraft. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

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Mar 14, 2000

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (4) | DVD (5)

Boring adaptation with no scares, no mood and no sex appeal (considering it's a form of sexual persecution)

July 18, 2003
About.com

Not bad, but I expected a lot more from Stuart Gordon.

June 25, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Really underrated horror film from Stuart Gordon.

December 29, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Schlock of a very fine vintage.

August 8, 2002
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Audience Reviews for The Pit and the Pendulum

Charles Band takes on the classic 'Poe' tale here with help from a surprisingly good cast including Lance Henriksen, Jeffrey Combs and a small cameo from Oliver Reed!.

This film is combination of three classic 'Poe' tales which aren't that bad but as you would expect pretty cheap n cheerful looking at times. There is an odd element of humour at times boarding on spoof. Yet despite this Henriksen does his best as the lunatic inquisitor 'Torquemada' and gives a brilliantly over the top ham fest performance with a bizarre monk hair cut and his cutting round eyes.

Rest of the cast are pretty useless and the effects and sets go from reasonable to down right awful. Plenty of fake blood and cheesy dialog but I saw this mainly for Henriksen really, his presence elevates the film to a guilty pleasure.
March 26, 2014
phubbs1

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Hardly the Vincent Price film, this "remake" is by the "Re-animator" team and, as such, is fabulously gory and full of black humour.
June 24, 2007
drblood

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Puts its low budget to work.
July 7, 2008
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