The Pit and the Pendulum
The Pit and the Pendulum (1991)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: June 27, 1991
DVD Release Date: March 14, 2000
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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

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.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Really underrated horror film from Stuart Gordon.

Fred Topel

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

Victor Olliver

Schlock of a very fine vintage.

Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
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… More
Phil Hubbs
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… More
Anthony Valletta
Puts its low budget to work.