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The Pit and the Pendulum (1991)

 -  Horror  -  27 June 1991 (USA)
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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 ... 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
Tom Towles ...
Rona De Ricci ...
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Antonio
Geoffrey Copleston ...
Butcher
Larry Dolgin ...
Sergeant of the Guards
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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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Shot in three and a half weeks, from 17 September 1990 - 12 October 1990. See more »

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[As Torquemada has the Cardinal bricked behind a wall]
Cardinal: For the love of God!
Torquemada: Yes, for the love of God.
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Referenced in Blonde Heaven (1995) See more »

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Emendemus in Melius
Composed by Cristobal De Morales
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No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!
19 February 2002 | by (Swindon, England) – See all my reviews

If you've seen the classic Roger Corman version starring Vincent Price it's hard to put it out of your head, but you probably should do because this one is totally different. Subtlety has been abandoned in favour of gross-out horror - nudity, gore and all-round unpleasantness. OK it's ridiculous, trashy, sensationalised and historically dubious (did any members of the Inquisition really wear horn-rimmed glasses?), but despite all this it is strangely compelling. I literally couldn't tear myself away from the screen until the end of the movie. If there's a bigger compliment you can pay to a film I don't know what it is.


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