Stuart Gordon redressed his pointless attempt at the vampire genre from 1987 with 'The Pit And The Pendulum' and this 90s horror-it would stay the best horror of the 90s alongside Wes Craven's 'People Under The Stairs' until his 'Scream' appeared. And while this is not as grand as the Stu's perfect 80s horror trilogy of 'Re-Animator', 'From Beyond' and 'Dolls', this creepy, claustrophobic nerve-tingler frays the nerves, pounds the stomach and delivers atmopshere, shocks and horror with pleasing reliability.
Gordon's stalwarts Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton are a married couple on permanent edge due to his drinking and a car accident that took their young son away and blinded their daughter. These three inherit a castle in Italy-and sadly something comes with it...something crazily angry, brutalised, savage, strong and with a taste for freedom-and flesh.
It's lovely to have this transfered to DVD-especially as the old VHS copy I had had several key scenes of delightful nastiness spliced-how rude! When a film is as intense as a Stuart Gordon one, you know you are not going to get a happy ending but the ride will be a worthy one. There's even a little bit of chit-chat and FX leftover for an extras gift on the disc-this will come up on the menu; there is no mention of it on the back of the DVD case.
This is a good price and a decent movie with a cool monster and a nice wallow in proper horror when it meant so much more than the stanglehold of neverending non-horror slashers, cannibals, A-listers being dead-and-not-knowing-it, remakes and biopics of serial killers masquerading as terror today!