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>
Actor John Kerr was worried about being strapped down to the table with the pendulum above him for the movie's climax. In order to demonstrate that it was perfectly safe, director Roger Corman stood in for Kerr while the scene was being set up. See more »
The main character, Nicholas Medina, claims to be the son of an Inquisitor. The Spanish Inquisition was formed by catholic clerics who where not allowed to have descendants. 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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"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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