Pit and the Pendulum (The Pit and the Pendulum)
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Pit and the Pendulum (The Pit and the Pendulum)
American-International's standing "haunted castle" set is exhibited to peak advantage in Roger Corman's Pit & the Pendulum. Save for the climax, Richard Matheson's script bears but little resemblance to the Edgar Allen Poe original, though there are pronounced echoes throughout of Poe's The Premature Burial. Vincent Price stars as Nicholas Medina, the son of a notorious Spanish Inquisition torturer. Nicholas' wife Elizabeth (Barbara Steele) has died under mysterious circumstances, prompting Elizabeth's brother Francis (John Kerr) to arrive at the Medina castle… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Proves to be the equal of 1960's The Fall of the House of Usher."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"The title calls out for lustrous Freudian hysteria, and Corman delivers"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Corman estabelece uma boa atmosfera de tensão, sendo auxiliado na tarefa pela bela direção de arte e por um Vincent Price mais do que inspirado."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Even Vincent Price has little to do"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Who wants understatement in a film with dungeons and giant blades?"
‑ Keith Phipps, The Dissolve
"Vincent Price lording over a giant torture pendulum! Awesome."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Typical Corman-Poe flick with a few unintended laughs thanks to Vinnie's campiness."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The film ends up being very nearly as good [as House of Usher], and better in some respects."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"It reminds us that flat, colorless character actors look really flat and colorless when sharing a scene with Price."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
"The best of the Roger Corman Poe films."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (cleveland.com)
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