The Pit and the Pendulum (1991)
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Critic Reviews for The Pit and the Pendulum
The second in the popular series of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations made by the enterprising mini-studio American International Pictures, this Roger Corman picture is carpeted wall-to-wall with luxuriant gothic excess.
Boring adaptation with no scares, no mood and no sex appeal (considering it's a form of sexual persecution)
Not bad, but I expected a lot more from Stuart Gordon.
Really underrated horror film from Stuart Gordon.
Audience Reviews for The Pit and the Pendulum
Stuart Gordon does a great job again to combine horror (this time from pure human evil) and camp (even if it gets a bit too campy sometimes), benefiting from Lance Henriksen's creepy performance and offering a very nice and underrated adaptation of Poe's short story.
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 gives us a chilling performance as the lunatic inquisitor 'Torquemada' which is a brilliantly over the top ham fest of a performance, bizarre monk hairdo included and those cutting round eyes of his. 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.
Puts its low budget to work.
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