5.5/10
1,622
38 user 49 critic

The Dead Pit (1989)

R | | Horror | 29 January 1990 (USA)
A renegade doctor is shot dead and entombed with his fiendish experiments in the basement of an abandoned wing of a mental hospital. Twenty years later, a mysterious woman is admitted with ... See full summary »

Director:

Brett Leonard
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
ALL

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Demon Wind (1990)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

With the need to investigate the mysterious death of his grandparents, Cory and his friends assemble back to the old farm where it all began, sixty years earlier.

Director: Charles Philip Moore
Stars: Eric Larson, Francine Lapensée, Rufus Norris
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Alien creatures invade a small town and four teenagers, along with a young boy, attempt to escape from them.

Director: Douglas McKeown
Stars: Charles George Hildebrandt, Tom DeFranco, Richard Lee Porter
Evilspeak (1981)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An outcast military cadet taps into a way to summon demons and cast spells on his tormentors through his computer.

Director: Eric Weston
Stars: Clint Howard, R.G. Armstrong, Joe Cortese
The Boogens (1981)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Otherworldly creatures are released from the bootleg tunnels underneath a small-town mining community, and begin chomping on the locals.

Director: James L. Conway
Stars: Rebecca Balding, Fred McCarren, Anne-Marie Martin
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A tough female reporter and her cameraman boyfriend team up with a four-man commando unit in the New Guinea jungle who are fighting flesh-eating zombies.

Directors: Bruno Mattei, Claudio Fragasso
Stars: Margie Newton, Franco Garofalo, Selan Karay
The Boneyard (1991)
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Children turned into zombies wreak havoc in a coroner's building with just a burned-out psychic, an experienced cop and two coroners to stop the madness.

Director: James Cummins
Stars: Ed Nelson, Deborah Rose, Norman Fell
The Kindred (1987)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A geneticist takes his assistants to his old family home to locate the deadly product of his late mother's revolutionary research into rapid human evolution - his monstrous tentacled baby brother - before a mad scientist gets to him first.

Directors: Stephen Carpenter, Jeffrey Obrow
Stars: Rod Steiger, Kim Hunter, David Allen Brooks
Humongous (1982)
Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

The monstrous offspring of a violent crime grows up in seclusion on a remote island, where a boat-full of hapless teens have shipwrecked, unaware of what's lurking in the woods.

Director: Paul Lynch
Stars: Janet Julian, David Wysocki, John Wildman
The Outing (1987)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An ancient genie is released from a lamp when thieves ransack an old woman's house. They are killed and the lamp is moved to a museum to be studied. The curator's daughter is soon possessed... See full summary »

Director: Tom Daley
Stars: Deborah Winters, James Huston, Andra St. Ivanyi
Mausoleum (1983)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Traumatized by her mother's death, young Susan is becoming possessed by the same demon that possessed her mother before she died. More and more her husband and psychiatrist are noticing the... See full summary »

Director: Michael Dugan
Stars: Marjoe Gortner, Bobbie Bresee, Norman Burton
The Brain (1988)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

With the help of an alien organism, a man brainwashes audiences through television; a troubled high school student is determined to stop them.

Director: Ed Hunt
Stars: Tom Bresnahan, Cynthia Preston, David Gale
Mortuary I (1983)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Convinced that her father's death was not accidental, a beautiful girl decides to investigate to find out the truth, aided by her boyfriend. Her sleuthing draws her to a local mortuary, where many secrets will be revealed.

Director: Howard Avedis
Stars: Mary Beth McDonough, David Wysocki, Bill Paxton
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Slate ... Dr. Gerald Swan
Cheryl Lawson Cheryl Lawson ... Jane Doe
Stephen Gregory Foster Stephen Gregory Foster ... Christian Meyers (as Steffen Gregory Foster)
Danny Gochnauer Danny Gochnauer ... Dr. Colin Ramzi
Geha Getz Geha Getz ... Sister Clair
Joan Bechtel Joan Bechtel ... Nurse Kygar
Michael Jacobs Michael Jacobs ... Bud Higgins
Mara Everett Mara Everett ... Nurse Robbins
Randall Fontana Randall Fontana ... Orderly Jimmy
Jack A. Sunseri Jack A. Sunseri ... Head Orderly Jensen (as Jack Sunseri)
Frederick Dodge Frederick Dodge ... First Patient
Nettie Heffner Nettie Heffner ... Night Nurse
Luana Speelman Luana Speelman ... Day Nurse
Scott Malpass Scott Malpass ... Orderly #1
Skyy Diaz Skyy Diaz ... Orderly #2
Edit

Storyline

A renegade doctor is shot dead and entombed with his fiendish experiments in the basement of an abandoned wing of a mental hospital. Twenty years later, a mysterious woman is admitted with amnesia, and her arrival is marked by an earthquake - which cracks the seal to the Dead Pit, freeing the evil doctor to continue his work. Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

When the dead start to walk you'd better start running... See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead Pit See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut)

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

On the Code Red dvd release of the film, lead actress Cheryl Lawson reveals why her character spends a portion of the movie in just a tiny tank top and bikini panties. Apparently Lawson felt the normal-sized hospital gown made her look large, so she cut part of it off. The more her outfit was washed, the more the gown shrank and the underwear became tighter, much to the delight and amusement of the film crew. See more »

Goofs

Boom mic visible on left side of frame in wide screen version during earthquake sequence when camera tilts down from ceiling into hallway. See more »

Quotes

Jane Doe: The people in the cellar need help! Let them out!
See more »

Alternate Versions

The U.S. release was trimmed of some gore to obtain an "R" rating. See more »

Connections

Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Well it does feature a pit and the dead so the title is accurate.
22 June 2008 | by Aaron1375See all my reviews

This is not going to be a surprise, but here we have yet another horror movie that had potential, but in the end just cannot deliver all the goods. It has a semi decent story, but there are to many plot holes and unanswered questions. There are zombies in the movie, however, for the most part they are confined to the end. The movie also feels longer than its hour and a half runtime. I mean I just watched the movie "Inferno" and according to its runtime it is over ten minutes longer, but it felt a lot shorter. To the story, it starts out with a confrontation between two doctors at the dead pit of the title. One of the doctors is a tad insane and seemingly doing random experiments with the patients at this insane asylum. Well the one doctor shoots this doctor and instead of reporting the happenings to the authorities he seals the now dead crazy doctor in the basement of this building and you are thinking "why didn't he go to the police"? Because if he did there would not be much of a movie now would there silly. Flash years later and the place is running again and a new patient who is calling herself Jane Doe because of memory loss seems to spark a return of our good doctor from the basement. He is soon out beginning his experiments again with his sights set on revenge of the man who killed him. So that is how the movie progresses, for a bit there I was worried there would not be much time for the zombie attack at the end and that it would be just a small pointless scene, however, I just think the rest of the movie dragged to much because the zombie scene at the end is a bit good. On the whole if this movie was just paced better and they got to the zombies quicker it would have been better, but as it is it is a not all that bad, not all that good movie.


4 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 38 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed