An Impressive Poe Adaptation and a Glourious Climax,
This review is from: The Pit And The Pendulum [DVD] (DVD)
Another Poe story, Corman directing again and right at the front of it all there he is, Mr Vincent Price.
The setting is gothic Spain, the costumes, tone and atmosphere are all set up for this devilish film which contains a super twist, spoiled by the blurb on the DVD box and plots all over the internet.
Really if you were able to go into this fresh this would be a jaw dropping film, instead everywhere you look the first 60 mins of the film are explained in reviews/ DVD blurb and elsewhere. So if you can stay away until you see the film.
Onto the film- Price is as always brilliant, probably too good as he overshines the other characters in the film that come across a little paper thin in my opinon. And apart from the odd hammy editing Roger Corman has directed very well. You can see that Price and Corman are fans of Poe's work and put everything into making this a well thought out story.
The final quarter of an hour is just excellent, the tension and menace are trapped on film for all to see.
Finally I believe the Stuart Gordon effort is a good compendium to this film as it serves as some kind of a prequel.
It's worth checking the Gordon effort out- sure it is more violent and gory, but it's a good film.