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The Pit and the Pendulum (1991)

R | | Horror | 27 June 1991 (USA)
It is the time of the Spanish Inquisition. Maria does not like what is going on during the "Auto De Fe". When she speaks out, she is arrested and accused of being a witch. Torquemada has ... See full summary »

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Gomez
William J. Norris ...
Dr. Huesos
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Mendoza
Carolyn Purdy-Gordon ...
Contessa D'Alba Molina
Barbara Bocci ...
Contessa's Son
Benito Stefanelli ...
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Francisco
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Don Carlos
Rona De Ricci ...
Maria
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Antonio
Geoffrey Copleston ...
Butcher
Larry Dolgin ...
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Tunny Piras ...
Guard
Fabio Carfora ...
Beggar
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It is the time of the Spanish Inquisition. Maria does not like what is going on during the "Auto De Fe". When she speaks out, she is arrested and accused of being a witch. Torquemada has plans for her! He orders her tortured, and her tongue to be cut out. Her husband attempts to free her... Written by Anonymous

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A bizarre descent into hell from the creator of Re-Animator.

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Rated R for scenes of torture and sex-related nudity, and for language. | See all certifications »

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Stuart Gordon had intended to film this for some time with Peter O'Toole in the role of Torquemada, but the original production was canceled. See more »

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Cardinal: The Pope also want the Inquisition to stop the use of torture. And declare an amnesty on all heretics and witches. Hmm?
Torquemada: Rome is behind the times. His Holiness is old and lost his zeal!
Cardinal: He is the Pope!
Torquemada: And I am the Inquisition!
Cardinal: His Holiness also DEMAND...order you to return to Rome with me for an audience.
Torquemada: I've received no such demand.
Cardinal: [chuckles] I just deliver it!
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Emendemus in Melius
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A late night B-flick which deserves more kudos
2 December 2001 | by (Central Coast, Australia) – See all my reviews

I think Rona da Ricci (Maria) is one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen. If anyone has any pictures, information or her phone number, I'd be very interested...

This is a horrifically dark adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe's story, set in the oppressively religious society of Spain at the time of the Inquisition. The film is well-written, although a few things don't quite sit right with me. Firstly, the comic relief character is a bit vacuous. (At least, I think he was supposed to be funny...) Secondly, there is reference to the Roman Catholic Church trying to stop the Grand Inquisitor from murdering innocent people in the name of God. I somehow doubt that the organization that instigated and perpetuated these massacres over the centuries, in whatever manifestation worked for the time and place, would turn so vehemently against it at any stage, let alone against a wing of it's own organization. I think it was something of a cop-out on the part of the creators of this film. Apart from this, however, the film is enthralling, intriguing and predominately well-acted (though the male lead leaves something to be desired). Also, the cinematography deserves a mention.

Not for everyone, but if you have a strong stomach, it's definitely worth a look.


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