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Director:
Writers:
Edgar Allan Poe (story)
Dennis Paoli (written by)
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Release Date:
27 June 1991 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A bizarre descent into hell from the creator of Re-Animator.
Plot:
It is the time of the Spanish Inquisition. Maria does not like what is going on during the "Auto De Fe"... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 3 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(33 articles)
User Reviews:
Stuart Gordon's best since Re-Animator/From Beyond. See more (32 total) »

Cast

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Lance Henriksen ... Torquemada

Stephen Lee ... Gomez
William J. Norris ... Dr. Huesos

Mark Margolis ... Mendoza
Carolyn Purdy-Gordon ... Contessa D'Alba Molina
Barbara Bocci ... Contessa's Son
Benito Stefanelli ... Executioner

Jeffrey Combs ... Francisco
Tom Towles ... Don Carlos
Rona De Ricci ... Maria

Jonathan Fuller ... Antonio
Geoffrey Copleston ... Butcher
Larry Dolgin ... Sergeant of the Guards
Tunny Piras ... Guard
Fabio Carfora ... Beggar

Frances Bay ... Esmeralda
Fabrizio Fontana ... Jew

Oliver Reed ... Cardinal

Directed by
Stuart Gordon 
 
Writing credits
Edgar Allan Poe (story)

Dennis Paoli (written by)

Produced by
Albert Band .... producer
Charles Band .... executive producer
Michael Catalano .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Band 
 
Cinematography by
Adolfo Bartoli 
 
Film Editing by
Andy Horvitch 
 
Casting by
Perry Bullington 
Robert MacDonald 
 
Production Design by
Giovanni Natalucci 
 
Art Direction by
Giovanni Natalucci 
 
Set Decoration by
Maurizio Garrone 
 
Costume Design by
Michaela Gisotti  (as Michela Gisotti)
 
Makeup Department
Roland Blancaflor .... special makeup effects: USA (as Rolland Blancaflor)
Greg Cannom .... makeup effects: second unit
Greg Cannom .... special makeup effects
Robert Clark .... special makeup effects: Italy
Giuseppe Desiato .... makeup assistant
Mitch Devane .... special makeup effects: USA
Keith Edmier .... special makeup effects: Italy
Matt Falls .... special makeup effects: USA
Larry Odien .... special makeup effects: USA
Stephen Prouty .... special makeup effects: USA (as Steve Prouty)
Adriana Sforza .... hair stylist
Pietro Tenoglio .... chief makeup artist
Todd Tucker .... special makeup effects: USA
 
Production Management
Angelo D'Antoni .... production manager
Remo Lombardo .... production manager
Gretchen G. Wieland .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Ambrosi .... second assistant director
Simona Cortegiani .... trainee assistant director
Carlos Hansen .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
David Zen Mansley .... sets: second unit
David Russell .... storyboard artist
 
Sound Department
Sarah Brady .... adr editor
John Brasher .... sound re-recordist
Mark Cookson .... sound effects editor
Gary Forbes .... dialogue editor
Armando Janota .... boom operator
Heather Leavitt .... foley recordist
Adriane Marfiak .... sound effects editor
Adriane Marfiak .... sound re-recordist
Giuseppe Muratori .... sound mixer
Lars Nelson .... sound effects recordist
Doug Reed .... foley editor
Lauren Stephens .... assistant sound editor
Fernando Velazquez .... foley recordist
 
Special Effects by
Giovanni Corridori .... special effects
 
Stunts
Benito Stefanelli .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Aldo Antonelli .... camera operator
Aldo Antonelli .... camera operator: second unit
Enrico Appetito .... still photographer
Marco Aureli .... camera loader
Adolfo Bartoli .... director of photography: second unit
Fausto Cancellieri .... grip
Agostino Gorga .... gaffer
Robert Hayes .... electrician: second unit
Antonio La Barbera .... electrician
Maurizio Lucchini .... first assistant camera
Andrew Parke .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Andy Parke)
Antonio Piselli .... electrician
Giancarlo Rocchetti .... key grip
Roberto Rosati .... grip
 
Casting Department
Tamara Alessi .... casting: Italy
Helen Hull .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sergio Ballo .... costume assistant
Vanda Caprioli .... seamstress (as Wanda Caprioli)
Carmen Mannarino .... costume assistant
Luciana Pianella .... wardrobe assistant
Marina Ridolfi .... costume assistant
Maria Serrano .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Karen Achenbach .... apprentice editor: post-production
Richard Boehm .... first assistant editor
Giorgio Conti .... additional editor: Italy
Bert Glatstein .... editor: post-production
Francesco Reitano .... assistant editor
Chris Weber .... negative cutter
Gary Weber .... negative cutter
William Young .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Doug Botnick .... music scoring mixer (as Douglas Botnick)
Jack Smalley .... orchestrator
Nick Vidar .... music engineer
Nick Vidar .... music programmer
 
Other crew
Tamara Alessi .... production coordinator: Italy
Steve Blum .... production assistant: USA
Sergio Bologna .... production accountant
Thomas Bradford .... production coordinator: second unit
Pieter Bruegel .... main title artwork: "The Triumph of Death"
Bennah Burton-Burtt .... assistant: Charles Band
Ed Cook .... adr voice (as Edwin Cook)
Linda Cook .... adr voice
Jeffrey Court .... production controller: USA
Robert Dawson .... title designer
Giordano Esposito .... production assistant
Maria Federici .... production secretary (as Maria Pia Federici)
Maurizio Garrone .... animal wrangler
Monica Heitmann .... publicity coordinator
Mickey Kaiserman .... executive controller
Fabio Lombardo .... cashier
Marco Lombardo .... production assistant
Paolo Lombardo .... accountant supervisor
John March .... assistant synclavier programmer
Marion Mertes .... continuity
Kevin O'Hara .... production assistant: second unit
Pietro Ricini .... craft service
Daniel Schweiger .... promotions
Thomas Tyler .... production assistant
Catherine Walker .... marketing executive
Catherine Walker .... researcher
Christopher Wheeler .... production accountant: USA
Julia Mongrain .... production associate (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Patricia Cortegiani .... special thanks
Rolando Cortegiani .... special thanks
Edward Maeder .... special thanks
Giulia Piras .... special thanks
Bernie Wrightson .... special thanks (as Berni Wrightson)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Inquisitor" - USA (DVD title)
"The Pit & the Pendulum" - USA (video box title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for scenes of torture and sex-related nudity, and for language.
Runtime:
97 min | Spain:93 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Mendoza:Savior.
Torquemada:What are you doing here? Why don't you go torture some heretics!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Blonde Heaven (1995)See more »
Soundtrack:
Emendemus in MeliusSee more »

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Stuart Gordon's best since Re-Animator/From Beyond., 7 January 2004
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

I haven't liked Stuart Gordon's output much since his classic one-two punch of 'Re-Animator' and 'From Beyond' back in the 1980s, so I've avoided seeing some of his movies for years. 'The Pit And The Pendulum' is one. I thought it was going to be a turkey, but now that I've finally seen it, I'm pleasantly surprised. While it isn't as great as vintage Gordon, it's far better than 'Castle Freak' or his recent 'Dagon'. The cast really makes this work. Lance Henriksen is excellent as the tortured Inquisitor Torquemada, and Rona De Ricci is very good as Maria the beautiful girl he becomes obsessed with. I don't know why De Ricci didn't go on to a career as she can act and she's very hot. The supporting cast is way above average, with Gordon regulars Jeffrey Combs and Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, 'Dolls' Stephen Lee, Tom Towles ('Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer'), Mark Margolis ('Pi') and even a cameo by Oliver Reed, who let's not forget appeared in 'The Devils' back in the early 70s, a movie which this 'The Pit And The Pendulum' has more in common with than the 60s Roger Corman version starring Vincent Price. I liked this movie a lot more than I expected to. It's underrated and definitely worth checking out, especially for Henriksen's intense performance, one of the best of his career.

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