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The Pit and the Pendulum (1991)

Horror film set in 1492 Toledo, Spain, depicting the cruel deeds of a monk named Torquemada, Grand Inquisitor of the Spanish Inquisition.

Director:

Stuart Gordon

Writers:

Edgar Allan Poe (story), Dennis Paoli
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lance Henriksen ... Torquemada
Stephen Lee ... Gomez
William Norris William Norris ... Dr. Huesos (as William J. Norris)
Mark Margolis ... Mendoza
Carolyn Purdy-Gordon ... Contessa D'Alba Molina
Barbara Bocci Barbara Bocci ... Contessa's Son
Benito Stefanelli Benito Stefanelli ... Executioner
Jeffrey Combs ... Francisco
Tom Towles ... Don Carlos
Rona De Ricci ... Maria
Jonathan Fuller ... Antonio
Geoffrey Copleston Geoffrey Copleston ... Butcher
Larry Dolgin Larry Dolgin ... Sergeant of the Guards
Tunny Piras Tunny Piras ... Guard
Fabio Carfora Fabio Carfora ... Beggar
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Horror | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pit & the Pendulum See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Filming was originally to have taken place in England, and Romania was also considered for a shooting location, before it was re-located to Italy. See more »

Goofs

The Pope of the Catholic Church during the majority of the Spanish Inquisition was Pope Innocent VIII, who had originally appointed Torquemada as the Grand Inquisitor of Spain in 1487. Unlike the film, which portrays the Pope as disapproving of Torquemada's actions, Innocent VIII fully supported the endeavor. See more »

Quotes

Cardinal: [about to be killed] No!
Gomez: Yes!
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Alternate Versions

Available in both R and unrated versions. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Voodoo Academy (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Emendemus in Melius
Composed by Cristobal De Morales
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Of Burning Witches
13 July 2019 | by TweetienatorSee all my reviews

The Pit and the Pendulum from 1991 is based on the story with the same name and The Cask of Amontillado - both stories written by maestro Edgar Allan Poe. I admit, it is not as good as the Roger Corman version from 1961 (e.g. no Vincent Price here) but what you get is witchcraft, the Inquisition, and some decent torture scenes and a fine cinematography - so the question is, what else do you need to put The Pit and the Pendulum on your screen!?


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