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Pit And The Pendulum (1961)
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Pit And The Pendulum (1961) When his sister Elizabeth dies suddenly, Francis Barnard visits his brother-in-law Don Medina to find out exactly what happened to her. Don Medina lives a lonely life since his wife's death. He loved her dearly and can't explain what she died of. Francis clearly isn't welcome and it is only Don Medina's sister Catherine that seems to have an interest him. As Francis and Catherine explore the events surrounding Elizabeth's death, Francis learns of Don Medina's horrific childhood experiences and discover an attempt to drive him mad.

Movie Tagline:
Until now no one has dared to film this ...... the most diabolical classic of all time!

Also Known As:
Edgar Allan Poe's Pit and the Pendulum
The Pit and the Pendulum

Title: Pit And The Pendulum
Release Date: August 12, 1961
Runtime: 80 mins
Genre: Horror
All Genres: Horror, Thriller
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Color
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 7.0
Buried.com Rating: 8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With P

MPAA Rating: Unrated

Roger Corman

Vincent Price ...Nicholas
John Kerr ...Francis
Barbara Steele ...Elizabeth
Luana Anders ...Catherine
Antony Carbone ...Doctor Leon
Patrick Westwood ...Maximillian
Lynette Bernay ...Maria (as Lynne Bernay)
Larry Turner ...Nicholas as a Child
Mary Menzies ...Isabella
Charles Victor ...Bartolome
Randee Lynne Jensen ...Extra

Samuel Z. Arkoff
Roger Corman
James H. Nicholson

Richard Matheson
Edgar Allan Poe

Les Baxter

More Movie Taglines:
  • Until now no one has dared to film this ...... the most diabolical classic of all time!
  • The Greatest Terror Tale Ever Told!
  • Edgar Allan Poe's diabolic classic
  • She was enslaved by evil in a terror haunted castle.
  • Betrayal cuts both ways!
Movie Quote(s):
  • Don Nicholas Medina: Do you know where you are Bartolome? You are about to enter hell. In hell Bartolome, IN HELL!: the dead world, infernal zone, damned house, tortures place, pandemonium, purgatory, avernus, fire, Satan, THE PIT!... and the pendulum.
  • Catherine: No one will ever enter this room again.
  • Don Nicholas Medina: You will die in agony. Die!
  • Don Nicholas Medina: The atmosphere is heavy in here. [opens the curtains in Elizabeths room] Francis: Why have you brought me here? Don Nicholas Medina: It is her room sir, I've had it kept exactly as she left it.
  • Elizabeth: [shouting Don Medinas name causing him to fall down the stairs] Nicholas!
Movie Trivia:
  • This was the second of Roger Corman's "Poe" films. He had intended to do "The Masque of the Red Death" but felt that it was too close to the content of Ingmar Bergman's recent Det sjunde inseglet (1957) (US title: "The Seventh Seal"). Several years later Corman would go to England to make The Masque of the Red Death (1964).
  • The film never had an original prologue. It was added when the film was sold to TV and a further few minutes were required to pad out the running time. Only Luana Anders from the original cast was available so an extra scene of her in a madhouse was filmed and tacked on to the beginning. This scene does not really tie in with the rest of the film.
  • To increase the pendulum's sense of deadly menace, director Roger Corman took out every other frame during the editing stage making the blade appear to move twice as fast.
  • This film was shot in fifteen days.
  • The pendulum was made out of wood and had a rubber blade.
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