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The Pit and the Pendulum (2009)

The Pit and the Pendulum

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Seven students participating in an experiment designed to eliminate the sensation of pain begin to question the validity of the study after arriving at a remote institute and realizing that their numbers are dwindling fast. Greeted at the institute by eccentric scientist JB Divay, the students view their host's fascination with hypnosis, clocks, and cactuses as simple personality quirks. Before long, however, the frightened lab rats discover that Divay is far from the harmless crackpot she first appeared to be. Later, when one of the students finds his boyfriend strapped to a table beneath a giant pendulum, he must race to prevent Divay from finishing her final experiment.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By: ,
Written By: Simon Savory
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 9, 2010
Runtime:
Max Pix, Inc.

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Cast

Lorielle New
as JB Divay
Loriele New
as JB Divay
Jason Stuart
as Dimitri
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Actually worse then the redo of the House of Usher.

SunilJawahir
Sunil Jawahir

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There are hundreds of movies out there that insult your intelligence, but this latest version of Edgar Allen Poe's oft-told dark classic "The Pit and the Pendulum" is an insult to the entire literary community. By splashing the author's name all over this ridiculous piece of trash is an affront to anyone anywhere who has ever opened a book.

There is virtually nothing in this that in any way resembles Poe's classic story, and in fact this is more soft core porn than actual horror even though fans of both genres will be sorely disappointed.

The sex scenes are idiotic and poorly staged unless you enjoy watching two guys wrestle in their underwear, and the horror aspects are diluted until nothing remains. David DeCoteau used to be a marginally talented B-movie director, but his career has disintegrated down this these shoddy, homoerotic thrillers that are more frustrating than they are sexy.

The casting here is completely incompetent, with nearly everyone in the cast hired based on their looks rather than any real acting ability. The females fare better at this than their male counterparts who are all blank-faced pretty boys completely incapable of delivering even the simplest of lines of dialogue. They someday hope to be as accomplished as the soap opera stars they no doubt admire.

This newest version of "The Pit and the Pendulum" is unworthy of the name, a film inept in every conceivable way and fails on every single level. DeCoteau only succeeds in making Roger Corman look like a master filmmaker.

Sandman1968
Timothy Sanders

How ridiculous. If I would have had anything better to watch I never would have wasted my time on this one. This movie needed actors that could pull this off and a story that was mildly entertaining. The ending was probably one of the worst I have ever seen.

Hamee
Heather Metzger

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