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Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

 -  Horror  -  12 August 1961 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Francis Barnard
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Elizabeth Barnard Medina
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Catherine Medina
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Doctor Charles Leon
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Lynette Bernay ...
Maria (as Lynne Bernay)
Larry Turner ...
Mary Menzies ...
Isabella
Charles Victor ...
Bartolome
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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>

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She was enslaved by evil in a terror haunted castle. See more »

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12 August 1961 (USA)  »

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Edgar Allan Poe's Pit and the Pendulum  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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. See more »

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When Elizabeth Medina starts to open her coffin you see her hand reach out and grab the side edge but in the next shot her hand is gone. See more »

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Catherine: No one will ever enter this room again.
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A masterpiece of Gothic horror!
29 May 2003 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

"The Pit and the Pendulum" is the second of Roger Corman's Edgar Allan Poe's adaptations with a screenplay by Richard Matheson.Vincent Price's performance is an obvious highlight of the film.Legendary horror actresses Luana Anders("Dementia 13")and Barbara Steele("Shivers","Silent Scream","Black Sunday")co-star in this extremely atmospheric chiller.To sum up,"The Pit and the Pendulum" is one of Roger Corman's finest offerings-it's creepy,unsettling and extremely entertaining.A masterpiece that easily gets 10 out of 10!


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