The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
Watched March 25, 2009
A young man goes to Spain to investigate his sister's untimely death, and soon learns that there's more to the story than he thought.
"The Pit and the Pendulum" is a very well-acted and suspenseful horror, and is especially recommended if you are a big fan of Poe or Vincent Price.
"The Pit and the Pendulum" is just one of those movies that I have a hard time writing a review for. I enjoyed the movie, but not to the point of raving about how amazing it is. And it didn't really have many discernible flaws to point out to you readers. So, I basically have nothing to write about. So, this may not be that good of a review.
I don't watch many 60s horror movies, because it's not my favorite horror time period, but I have to say, out of the other movies I've watched from that era recently, I think I liked "The Pit and the Pendulum" the most. It's never dull and will keep you on your toes the entire length of the film. For a movie that is almost fifty years old, it's also quite suspenseful. It doesn't depend on blood and gore, instead, it builds creepy atmosphere and a sense of dread.
Vincent Price is great, as usual. There's no weak points to the cast, and they all do a good job portraying the character they are playing. The plot is engrossing, especially if you haven't read the story it's based on in a while, so you don't remember what happens next. That's how it was for me, as I haven't read the story for a good while.
This is the second Poe/Price/Corman movie I've seen (the first being "Tales of Terror"), and I look forward to seeing more. "The Pit and the Pendulum" gets:
4 chainsaws out of 5 (VERY GOOD, SEE IT)