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Pit And The Pendulum [1990] [DVD]

Lance Henriksen , Stephen Lee , Stuart Gordon    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Lance Henriksen, Stephen Lee, William J. Norris, Mark Margolis, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon
  • Directors: Stuart Gordon
  • Writers: Dennis Paoli, Edgar Allan Poe
  • Producers: Albert Band, Charles Band, Michael Catalano
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Film 2000
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JY4Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,424 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's classic horror tale, set during the time of the Spanish Inquisition. When the beautiful Maria (Rona de Ricci) cries out in horror at the public torture of a child carried out by the inquisitor Torquemada (Lance Henriksen), she is immediately arrested herself and held under suspicion of witchcraft. Her husband Antonio (Jonathan Fuller) then races to save her, as the evil Torquemada begins preparing a special, personal punishment for his latest victim.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars breughelesqe 26 Aug 2011
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Although I yield to no one in my admiration for the great Vincent Price, and for the fine movies he made with Corman, I have to say that this film is at least equal to the Price/Corman original. The opening credits are seen against a background of Breughel's "Triumph of Death", and the movie manages to achieve a truly Breughelesque atmosphere--down to a few coarse jokes which the Flemish master would have relished. Research has been done: the soldiers' armour and weapons are in period, as are the civilians' clothes. Lance Henriksen is truly terrifying as (a highly fictionalised) Torquemada; Ollie Reed, then sadly quite near the end of his life, has an effective cameo. There is something for everyone: torture and execution, gore in plenty, decently choreographed fights, female nudity. It doesn't owe much to Poe (although Reed's fate echoes another Poe tale), but is altogether a handsome and satisfying yarn.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lance Henriksen's best performance to date! 28 Mar 2012
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God, i love this movie. The opening scene is a hoot and i've had many enjoyable evenings that have been capped off by watching this film. Rona de Ricci is HOT, Oliver Reed has a silly accent, the legendary Jeffrey Combs is well, Jeffrey Combs and Lance (Bishop) Henriksen gives a brilliantly menacing performance as Torquemada. What's not to like!! The new DVD version is really well put together with plenty of extras and an intriguing "trailer park" full of the best and the weirdest full moon trailers. The picture and sound are more than upto snuff too. Recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive all round 16 April 2012
I saw this film years ago when it was first released and really enjoyed it. I bought this DVD on impulse and was very impressed by the whole package. The film itself is better than I remember it being and the production of the DVD is of a high quality. Thoroughly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
So it may not have Vincent Price, but this remake is, to my mind, a great contender for the original's throne. Lance Henrikson acts his socks off, and Oliver Reed and Jeffrey Combs are fantastic too. The gore/ horror element is very well done and all in all it's a very enjoyable film. If you like Stuart Gordon's other films (Reanimator, Castle Freak, Dagon etc), then this is for you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars YOU WILL BE PUNISHED 21 May 2013
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
Sometime marketed under the title "The Inquisitor" this film exposes the Inquisition as a scheme by the church to redistribute the wealth to them. It correctly shows the immodest interrogation of suspected witches. The film centers around old religious debates that exist between Maria (Rona De Ricci) and her world run by the Inquisitor (Lance Henriksen). The film shows how the people relished in the torture of others.

The film was a well done "B" movie in costume, design, and direction. However the script left me a bit empty. If not for the constant stripping of Maria, I would have lost interest.

This film is available on an 8-pack I obtained from Walmart as part of their "Midnight Horror" collection.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, Full frontal nudity (Rona De Ricci)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The head Inquisitor, Torquemada (LANCE HENRIKSEN) is seeking out witches and other blashphemers to torture until they get a forced confession. Maria (Rona De Rici) speaks out at one of the public whippings and she is imprisoned and accused of being a witch.
While locked up she meets an actual witch that helps her unleash her inner power!!

The cities, costumes and castles all looked authentic and really add to the feel of the movie. There are gated cells, skeletons, coffins, and just in general the set designs look fantastic! and also THE PENDULUM is really bad ass looking.

The score is fantastic.

It has an amazing cast.
JEFFREY COMBS has some great lines.
Gomez played awesomely by STEPHEN LEE, has a great presence
LANCE HENRIKSEN in one of his juiciest roles
OLIVER REED aces his part as an alcoholic Cardinal
MARK MARGOLIS (from Black Swan) who i never knew was in this film is great!

...smoking hot naked chick...witchcraft...inner powers...fist fights...sword fights...exploding witch that kills people with the bone gore scenes and a great action packed finale with bloody rats and all...A must see for any Lance Henriksen, Stuart Gordon or Full Moon fans....
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one from Stuart Gordon! 7 Aug 2004
This is one of the best movies Full Moon has ever done. Directed by Stuart Gordon ( Re-Animator, From Beyond, Dagon) and written by Dennis Paoli, this film really delivers. Lance Henriksen gives an insane performace in this one, he almost gave Gordon a heart attack because he was so scary! And of course you've got the great Jeffrey Combs in a fine performance.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Henriksen equals the best Torquemada 15 Mar 2009
I remember seeing this film late at night on cable during the 90's. I was blown away by Lance Henriksen's performance as the evil Torquemada. His crazed eyes makes one think the director pulled Henriksen out of an asylum, at least that's what I thought.

I tried getting this in region 1 but it was out of print and way, way overpriced. Luckily, I found it here on Amazon UK.

Anyway, I thought the print was very good considering it's a Full Moon Pictures release. Sometimes their prints are questionable because they don't have in their possession the original negatives, as is the case with their Puppet Master series, for example.

This is a well done production and should be in any horror fan's collection.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Film at Constant Confrontation With Itself- But Henriksen Shines
Stuart Gordon's The Pit and the Pendulum was THIS CLOSE to being some kind of horror masterpiece. Lead by the superb Lance Henriksen who gives one of his most damning, horrifying... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Colonel Decker
4.0 out of 5 stars Heresy begins in the heart
I can't believe I've not watched this before! Lance Henrikson is always fun to watch in action and this is the dark and twisted role he excels in. Read more
Published 9 months ago by M. Brookes
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad but not good
I like stuart Gordon films but would not say this is his best do you homework you will find some good ones
Published 9 months ago by D. Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Classic
I Conside my self a horror-movie fan, and the film that made me horror fan was that particular movie. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Alkahest
4.0 out of 5 stars The release to get of Stuart Gordon's classic.
Minor spoilers follow in the next paragraph:

Stuart Gordon's The Pit and the Pendulum might well be the best movie Full Moon ever made. Read more
Published 9 months ago by A. Moncrieff
5.0 out of 5 stars top film
i would recommend this film to anybody who likes gore its brilliant.the action is great and love the pendulum action.
Published 16 months ago by peter whitehead
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as I thought
Although this is not as great as the 1961 R. Corman film this is still in it's own right a very well made and suspensefull little film. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2010 by Lorraine J. Fleming
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