21 June 2024
The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
80 min.
Directed by Roger Corman.
With Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, John Kerr, Antony Carbone, Patrick Westwood, Luana Anders, Lynette Bernay, Larry Turner.
One of Roger Corman's best horrors.

Vincent Price is Nicholas Medina, son of the infamous Spanish Inquisition torturer Sebastian Medina.

Haunted by the notorious crimes of his father - specifically his own mother's premature burial - Nicholas is already ripe for an emotional breakdown.

But when his adulterous wife Elizabeth (Steele) fakes her own death and begins terrorizing him from beyond the grave, well, it threatens to send poor Nicholas into a tailspin.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth's brother Francis arrives to investigate and things really spin out of control.

Who will emerge from this macabre mess intact?

A superb telling of the classic Edgar Allan Poe short story originally published in 1842.

Price is sensational as Don Medina (with a terrific first entrance!), and some good performances from Anders as Nicholas' sister, and Kerr as his brother-in-law.

There's also a nice childhood flashback sequence with Price doing double duty as his own father Sebastian.

Super super super excellent climax with poor, double-crossing Steele a little...forgotten.

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