Pit and the Pendulum (The Pit and the Pendulum)
Pit and the Pendulum (The Pit and the Pendulum) (1961)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 12, 1961
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2001
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Proves to be the equal of 1960's The Fall of the House of Usher.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

The title calls out for lustrous Freudian hysteria, and Corman delivers

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

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.

Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

Who wants understatement in a film with dungeons and giant blades?

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Vincent Price lording over a giant torture pendulum! Awesome.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Typical Corman-Poe flick with a few unintended laughs thanks to Vinnie's campiness.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The film ends up being very nearly as good [as House of Usher], and better in some respects.

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Mark Bourne
DVDJournal.com

It reminds us that flat, colorless character actors look really flat and colorless when sharing a scene with Price.

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Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (cleveland.com)

The best of the Roger Corman Poe films.


Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A very inspired adaptation that strays completely from Poe's story - in fact, it is hard to see why it is said to be an adaptation in the first place -,… More
Aj V
It was so great to get to see two of my favourite horror stars together for once: Price and Steele. This is one of my favourite of Corman's Poe series,… More
Alex roy
Roger Corman directs this adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's short story with effective thrills and shocks to make this a stunning, well constructed horror… More
Kylie B
Although it bares little relation to the original story of the same name, this is immensely entertaining - especially Vincent Price's acting.
Christopher Heim
Vincent Price is as magnetic as always (enough to counter John Kerr's terribly nonchalant performance) and the film revels in tense atmosphere. The pacing… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Another enjoyable, economic and surprisingly well done 'expanded' version of an Edgar Allan Poe story, by the most noteworthy triad of his admirers… More