Francis Barnard goes to Spain, when he hears his sister Elizabeth has died. Her husband Nicholas Medina, the son of the brutest torturer of the Spanish Inquisition, tells him she has died of a blood disease, but Francis finds this hard to believe. After some investigating he finds out that it was extreme fear that was fatal to his sister and that she may have been buried alive! Strange things then start to happen in the Medina castle. Written by
Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>
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. See more »
When Nicholas pretends to be dead, Elizabeth talks to him and moves his head towards her. In the next shot she moves his head again to same position. See more »
[after Nicholas has fallen down the stairs and appears to have died]
I told you to wait.
[she and Dr. Leon kiss]
What about my brother?
He's supposed to leave in the morning , but now... why couldn't you wait one more day?
I've waited too long already.
[goes down to where Nicholas is laying]
And now, my dear Nicholas, I have you exactly as I want you - helpless.
Elizabeth, there is no time for this.
I've waited an eternity for this moment. There has to be time. Is it not ironical, my ...
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One of the many horror flicks that entertained America's moviegoers in the early '60s, "Pit and the Pendulum" has all that anyone could ask for. In the story, young Francis Barnard (John Kerr) goes to an evil-looking castle on the Spanish coast to investigate the death of his sister Elizabeth (Barbara Steele). Her husband Nicholas Medina (Vincent Price), the son of an inquisitor, has been driven insane by her death. But some questions remain: did she really die? And what's really the deal with Nicholas? Of course, the movie's real star ends up being the pendulum. Razor-sharp and menacing as can be, it is one mean mother. Overall, what's particularly neat about this movie is the fact that for a long time, it seems like there's nothing to see...and then they catch you. Everyone likes a Vincent Price movie, but I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who might easily die of fright. It's that good!
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