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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 »

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Brett Leonard
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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
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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>

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Trivia

The film sold well on video due to a gimmick on the original VHS: the zombie's eyes could flash green at the touch of a button. 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

Christian Meyers: For dead people they sure are smart.
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Featured in The Dead Pit: Interview with Gimel Everett (2008) See more »

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A Nightmare at Pit Sanitarium
31 August 2019 | by thesar-2See all my reviews

With heroic lines like: "Come on; we got a water balloon to drop on these a**holes," I doubt this movie doubled as a money pit.

For a movie that took itself Deadly serious, it had its share of mostly unintentional and some intentional humor. Occasionally, I was laughing at the unintentional kind, but recognized the true attempts at about two jokes. And overall, I was shocked this was made at the end of the 80s.

Well, it started off that way. This is the exact kind of scary movie I loved watching as a kid in the first half of the 1980s. The kind that scared me to death for its low budget, amble amount of gore, bad acting and an overpowering antagonist. So, I could easily see this movie being made in the late 70s, early 80s...NOT a decade later. Unless it was homage to the many subgenre(s) I loved so much.

But, that's giving this too much credit. And thought. This movie is a paradox in which I can't tell if it's honoring multiples of movies, ripping them off or oblivious to all horror in the 80s. So, well done, Film. I think.

The film centers around an actually named Jane Doe character, a new patient to a mental hospital who may/may not have a link to the place's sordid past and cover up of the cold open's tale of a so-brilliant doctor he, himself, goes insane while studying death and using the film's title. He was previously stopped 20 years prior, but Jane just has to go digging when she should've let dead things lie.

Truthfully, this movie's so odd, I don't know what to fully think. On one hand, it's so creepily made, it did frighten me as I recalled my past of watching these B-Movie horrors in my room late at night while my disapproving parents were asleep. And on the other hand, the acting's so bad, the pacing and padding were pathetic, the lead's so objectified I thought she was a former porn star and the tone/genre keeps shifting so erratically, I never knew what movie I was watching.

That all said, despite this being made in the late 80s, unbelievably released in the 90s and really deserved to be one of the countless horror movies to debut between 1978-1981, it's recommended. You can't take it as seriously as the creators did and just let your scared, little inner-child watch as the horror reveals all secrets.

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Final thoughts: To avoid spoilers and advising the many films within this script, I propose a drinking game. Take a shot for every single movie this mimicked or flat-out stole from. Now, you won't get drunk immediately, or swiftly, but I can guarantee, if you're paying attention, you'll be 12 shots deep by the enormously lengthy climax settles in.


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