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The Pit and the Pendulum [DVD]

Lance Henriksen , Stephen Lee , Stuart Gordon    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Lance Henriksen, Stephen Lee, William J. Norris, Oliver Reed
  • Directors: Stuart Gordon
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 88 Films
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Mar 2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0074HARLE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,187 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

In the quest to save souls, the Spanish Inquisition will stop at nothing and knows no boundaries for its evil. Under the direction of Torquemada (LANCE HENRIKSEN - "Aliens", "Terminator") the Grand Inquisitor of Spain, a young baker s wife named Maria is falsely accused of witchcraft and dragged before the Inquisition and the Cardinal (OLIVER REED "Gladiator", "Three Musketeers").

Torquemada is enchanted by Maria's beauty and subjects her and her husband Antonio to heinous tortures hoping to prove that his own desires for her are a result of her magic, and that she has &quiotbewitched him".

Maria must find the power to save her husband Antonio from Torquemada s ultimate machine of torture: the inevitable, razor sharp pendulum poised over the inescapable pit of hell.

Awards and Accreditations:

Lance Henriksen won best actor at Fantafestival (1991)

Saturn Award for best genre video (1992)

Best Director Stuart Gordon at Fantasporto (1991)

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Pit And The Pendulum

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7 of 7 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pit of a Swinger! 12 July 2014
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After horror king Stuart Gordon dealt out a horror trilogy for all others to pale by between 1985-1987, he then made the same mistake the much feted John Carpenter did-with both brazenly entering the vampire genre, instantly displaying an embarrassing absence of mastery and understanding of it, and both ended up on the business end of a sharp deserved stake. It really was a toss-up to see who fared worse-it was probably Carpenter; with a slavish devotion to old Romero films, David Cronenberg body horror and an apparent alien-subplot, it was a complete mishmash of everything but a vampire flick, but one expects much from the far better Stuart Gordon, who is much more my chalice of blood, being from that proper 80s horror school of variety, but his result unfolded with all the snap of a drunken snail-race and ended up a plastic soap opera, utterly wasting Anthony Perkins in one of his last roles. This thing was purported to have come from 1987, and maybe it did, but it was released to TV, after Gordon turned briefly to a scarily pre-'Transformers' sci-fi tale 'Robot Jox'. Thankfully, after both these things, Gordon returned to far better material he could immediately assert mastery of-his version of the Edgar Allen Poe tale here being the first.

And it owes very little to Poe at all, is a full torture chamber ahead of the old Vincent Price version, and as I care little about that first movie, I've no problem recommending this far above it. That's not to say it's an easy watch, it's nasty, black-humoured, descends into high camp in moments of random abandon, sick-inducing for the middling of stomach and should induce much tightening of limbs and grimaces of observational pain-but all that means is Stuart is back to doing the day job and long may its blood and guts run.
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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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3 of 3 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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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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