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4.0 out of 5 stars breughelesqe
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...
Published on 26 Aug 2011 by R. D. O'Neill
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3.0 out of 5 stars YOU WILL BE PUNISHED
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...
Published 7 months ago by The Movie Guy
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heresy begins in the heart,
Torquemada becomes obsessed with the woman and blames her for his feelings and tortures her and her husband who attempts to rescue her. The story is loosely based on Poe's story of the same name, it's fairly predictable, but well told. For the most part everyone does a good job with their roles, Oliver Reed even makes a quick appearance to have a few drinks.
In fairness Henrikson carries the film, his portrayal of Torquemada is great fun to watch (I might have to watch Millennium again),l he plays the zealot very well and it's worth watching for that alone.
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad but not good,
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Classic,
This review is from: The Pit And The Pendulum (1991) UNCUT OOP (DVD)I Conside my self a horror-movie fan, and the film that made me horror fan was that particular movie. I Recall i saw it sometime in the early 90's on TV, yup the Greek TV aired this one. The first time i saw it i missed the fist half of the movie, but the torture and the dungeons really impressed me. Later on , after i got the Vincet Price / Corman / Poe Movie of the same titled, by chance i found again that movie and at last I watched properly.
Well not may things to be said, just that Lance Henriksen as the chief Inquisitor Torquemada (a real person) gives an outstanding performance. I usually feel somekind of sympathy for villains in horror films, but none for him, really creepy and disgusting role. I also loved the soundtrack by Richard Band, it fits the movie superbly. Despite the fact the Vinent Price is my favorite actor, i found this version of the Pit "And The Pendulum" closer to EA Poe's original short story, it really gave me the thrill that the Poe's story gave me the first time i read it.
I guess bying this movie on any format you like, is a wise move, if you are a horror freak like me then you Have to add this movie in your collection.
4.0 out of 5 stars The release to get of Stuart Gordon's classic.,
Stuart Gordon's The Pit and the Pendulum might well be the best movie Full Moon ever made. It's certainly the longest and most professional looking I've seen. Gordon's only (so far) full length Edgar Allen Poe adaptation sees the man adopting a different style from his Lovecraft films and going for a grimmer look and feel. The cast is pretty good - Jonathan Fuller makes a fine lead, Lance Henriksen a wonderful villain (the last of his wonderfully eccentric, method acted characters such as Bishop, Jesse Hooker etc.), Oliver Reed in a brief but effective turn as a cardinal, Frances Bay (Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, In the Mouth of Madness, Happy Gilmore) as a lovely old witch who spitefully loads her gullet with gunpowder before being burned at the stake! and most of all Rona De Ricci as our heroine. Not only is she drop down beautiful (lovely big latin eyes, pouting lips, curly black hair and an astonishing figure), her sympathetic but never whiny performance is the central aspect of the film and when she starts using The Force...I mean, "magic"....you can't help but feel good.
The video is a little erratic - the vast majority of the film is in very handsome 1.66:1, with an incredibly healthy grain structure and detail, which lifts this movie far beyond the Full Moon US Blu-ray. But the opening credits are in 1.85:1 (looking very nice), but as if MATTED inside the 1.66:1 frame of the rest of the film (that is to say, it's a small box surrounded by a big black border in the centre of the screen). The end credits, right at the end, are 4:3 and appear to be taken from a video master. However, since the opening credits look great and the end credits don't matter much to me, I'm going to award 4/5 based on video alone. The film looks incredible, and is another of 88 Films wonderful Blu-ray releases of Full Moon titles.
Audio is also pretty special - lossless 5.1 and 2.0, so Richard Band's impressive score can really be appreciated, along with the atmospheric noises and vocal performances in all their textures (texture being essential in regards to Lance Henriksen's voice).
Another fine booklet enclosed (with an interview with Stuart Gordon, which continues the one on the Castle Freak [Blu-Ray] , and the promised Charles Band interview is nowhere to be found. A video interview with Gordon is enclosed and he is his usual intelligent, teddy-bear self with anecdotes on Lance Henriksen and Oliver Reed and company. Trailers for this and Castle Freak are also included in HD, along with a full-length (28 mins) Videozone (in standard def) for this movie. Once again the cover is reversible, but this time there's not much in it - I'm still glad 88 Film had the dedication to include the original art though, as that is still my preference, no matter how miniscule the difference is.
All in all, it's a great release of a very underrated Edgar Allen Poe adaptation, and deserves wider accolades, particularly among the idiots who believe it's a "remake".
5.0 out of 5 stars top film,
This review is from: The Pit and the Pendulum (1990) [DVD] (DVD)i would recommend this film to anybody who likes gore its brilliant.the action is great and love the pendulum action.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sam,
This review is from: Pit & the Pendulum [VHS] (VHS Tape)I saw The 1991 version of The Pit & The Pendulum 3 Times because I Just couldn't watch It Just once. This is the best version of The Pit & The Pendulum I've seen I Found It contained Max gore, Although I did Find Lance Henriksen played A good lead bad guy in this film Especially the part where Maria has her tongue cut off, For eveybody who likes a load of Non Stop Gore like myself. Well need I say more but this blood loaded Horror I defenatly recommend. However this is the type of Horror movie that shouldn't be viewed by anyone under 15 or 18 yrs old or older. as it is defenatly too bloody For Younger Viewers.
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a load of rubbish,
This review is from: The Pit and the Pendulum (1990) [DVD] (DVD)Do not be fooled. This is not the original Roger Corman film, starring Vincent Price. This is the cheap, spaghetti western version, made some years later, with none of the charm or horror of he original, and starring an already overweight Oliver Reed as "Torquemada". Sadly, Amazon do not choose to give you any information about who is starring in this film, or when it was made. Instead, one is told that customers who bought this film also bought "Fall of the House of Usher" (a genuine Corman film), which might lead one to think that one was not alone in buying the wrong film. You have been warned, This is a load of tat.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a horror movie...,
This review is from: Pit And The Pendulum  [DVD] (DVD)The Pit and the Pendulum tells the story of a woman and her husband that are "forced" to watch an Inquisition execution. Trapped in the middle of the mob, they can't turn back.
The problem starts when Maria is unable to watch more and decides to defend the accused. She is immediately considered 'a witch'.
This is not a horror movie, although it has some scenes that may get on your nerves.
I consider the story behind it very interesting, although the acting is not as good as the story. Brother Torquemada is played by Lance Henriksen (Bishop, from Aliens).
6 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't be fooled,
This review is from: Pit And The Pendulum  [DVD] (DVD)This, sadly, is not the original "Pit and the Pendulum" directed by Roger Corman and starring Vincent Price. This is a film with a different plot - the only resemblance between them being the presence of a big axe hung from the ceiling - starring Oliver Read as Torquemada. It has none of the horror or charm of the original. Need I say more? OK then. Save your money and put it towards a chipped player so you can watch the original on American sourced DVD.
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