In this Poe classic the Grand Inquisitor Torquemada is out of control, waging a war of terror upon anyone and everyone during the height of the Spanish Inquisition. But when he tries to use his power to conquer love he finds a formidable adversary.
Lance Henriksen (Torquemada), Stephen Lee (Gomez), William Norris (Dr. Huesos), Mark Margolis (Mendoza), Jeffrey Combs (Francisco), Tom Towles (Don Carlos), Rona De Ricci (Maria), Jonathan Fuller (Antonio).
This is one of the better adaptations of the Poe classic, The Pit and the Pendulum. The film focuses more on the story and terror than it does on the horror of the pendulum, as many do. The plot moves along at a good pace with nice emphasis on the turning points and highlights. Aspects of helplessness, terror, love, greed, and hate are presented very well before being tied together in the story. The film finishes nicely without making more of the ending than it should.
Acting was interesting with Henriksen overacting a bit, though it fit into the film fairly well. It was nice seeing Margolis and Combs when they were younger and first showing their skills. Ricci and Fuller were a bit rough, as was the remainder of the supporting cast.
Camera work was decent, as were sets and backgrounds. Effects were primarily physical stunts and pretty good. Dialogue was good if not a bit campy at times. Sound and soundtrack were well done.
Overall The Pit and the Pendulum is a nicely done adaptation of the Poe classic and one that classic horror fans will likely enjoy quite a bit.
With torture, foul language, and sex-related nudity save this one for older teens and above.
The Pit and the Pendulum is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
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