#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Francis Barnard goes to Spain, when he hears his sister Elizabeth has died. Her husband Nicholas Medina, the son of the brutest torturer of the Spanish Inquisition, tells him she has died of a blood disease, but Francis finds this hard to believe. After some investigating he finds out that it was extreme fear that was fatal to his sister and that she may have been buried alive! Strange things then start to happen in the Medina castle.
Plot: Francis Barnard goes to Spain, when he hears his sister Elizabeth has died. Her husband Nicholas Medina, the son of the most brutal torturer of the Spanish Inquisition, tells him she has died of a blood disease, but Francis finds this hard to believe. After some investigating he finds out that it was extreme fear that was fatal to his sister and that she may have been buried alive!
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The colorful flashbacks, the beautiful settings, the delicious revenge, and you got Vincent Price as well. Directed by Roger Corman and Matheson doing the screenplay. And of course, let’s not forget this is a Poe story.
This is so good especially as the ending comes. Reminds me of House on Haunted Hill (1959) and if you remember that ending then you know what I am talking about.
Definitely worth seeing as it checks off so many like boxes in my book.
Price, Corman and Matheson, Gothic splendour.
Upon hearing of his sister Elizabeth’s death, Francis Barnard travels to Spain to find out just exactly how she met her end. Arriving at the Medina castle, he finds the Medina family deeply suspicious characters and the castle itself a foreboding place harnessing a deadly past.
The Pit And The Pendulum is the second film in the series of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations that director Roger Corman tackled, it’s also easily one of the best. Part horror, part dreamy thriller, and of course with little dashes of humour within, it all comes together rather well. We open with a beach approach to the Medina castle, a big monolithic structure hulking on a cliff edge – naturally accompanied by a misty shroud – we know from this moment on that unease is about to become our middle name. Once inside the castle it’s evident that it is a major player in our story, roaring fireplaces and secret chambers all excellently framed by Corman and his team. A story of madness, deceit and sadistic ancestry then plays out to the full to make The Pit And The Pendulum one of the Poe adaptations leading lights.
Enlisting the brilliant Richard Matheson to flesh out and extend the Poe short story, he’s the perfect man to bring about a Gothic classic. Corman again uses Vincent Price as his leading man and he’s rewarded with a quite delicious performance from the big man, where camp and burgeoning madness go hand in hand like they were always meant to be a team. The rest of the cast are naturally trailing in the shadow of Price’s greatness, but a noteworthy mention must also go to the good work from Barbara Steele as Elizabeth. Floyd Crosby is again on board for cinematography duties, beautifully realising the lush colour and the doom laden feel of the Medina castle. Then there’s Corman himself, who puts in some of his best work here, his use of the camera really adding to the burgeoning sense of dread that flows throughout the piece – the high point a stunning POV victim sequence of the pendulum of the title that is just one of the many technical highlights on show. 8/10
Magnificent Gothic horror masterpiece!
From horror’s premier team of Roger Corman, Vincent Price and, of course, Edgar Allen Poe comes this menacing, macabre and suspenseful tale of insanity, death and betrayal. This film is certainly one of, but maybe even ‘the’ finest Corman-Poe film. It’s Poe at his most devilishly malicious as it deals with themes of torture, and the most frightening method of death known to man; being buried alive. As usual, Vincent Price takes the lead role as the tortured soul of the piece, this time playing Nicholas Medina; the son of the Spanish inquisition’s most notorious torturer. All is not well for Nicholas, as his beloved bride, Elizabeth, has killed himself and the notion that she may have been buried alive has tortured the torturer’s son to the brink of insanity. We enter the fray as Elizabeth’s brother comes to the castle in search of answers to discover the fate of his sister…
Through a great Gothic atmosphere and gorgeous lavish sets, Roger Corman has created a macabre masterpiece from Poe’s classic tale. Vincent Price is superb (again!) as the almost insane son of a madman. As usual, he captures the essence of his character and through his stark tone that was made for the horror genre; and he gets his portrayal spot on. Horror fans can thank god that Vincent Price decided to become an actor, as any other actor simply couldn’t have pulled off this performance like Price did (as is the case with most of Price’s resume). Price is joined by Barbara Steele (of Mario Bava’s Black Sunday) and a small cast of unknowns. Steele, unfortunately, doesn’t get a lot of screen time and it’s a shame because seeing her and price on screen together more would have been a treat.
The theme of being buried alive is something that appears to have fascinated Edgar Allen Poe as it appears in a number of his stories and it fascinates me also. It’s impossible to imagine the terror of being alone in an enclosed space with nobody or nothing to help you escape and that’s what makes it so horrifying, and such a great springboard for a Gothic horror film. This film makes the best of that, with Price’s brooding adding all the horror that the subject needs. Corman succeeds in making the subject dreadful as well, as he shows the tomb in which the unfortunate young lady was trapped in, and also through the castle’s many corridors and steel doors; it gives the impression that there truly is no escape. The film’s flagship sequence – the pendulum scene – is a true masterpiece of horror imagery. For the scene, Corman took out every other frame to give the impression that the pendulum was swinging faster than it actually was. The way the pendulum swings across and gets lower every time depicts another horrible way to die, and through his portrayal of the scene; Corman makes the best of it. The story itself is brilliant, soaked with irony and the bitterness of revenge; it truly is one of Poe’s best.
I don’t need to say it, but I will anyway; see this movie!
Nice Poe follow-up to “House of Usher”…Price is terrific…
Once again VINCENT PRICE is harboring a dark secret about a torture dungeon, a father who sadistically used it during the Inquisition, and a wife who has died mysteriously. JOHN KERR is a young man from England who comes to Spain to find out what happened to his sister.
When the story of the Spanish nobleman’s boyhood is related to Kerr, you can understand why Price is about to go insane, haunted as he is by witnessing the death of his mother and uncle in the chamber. The plot thickens when it turns out that two of his loyal friends are at the heart of a cruel deception.
All the Gothic elements are here in all their clichéd glory: the hidden passageways, the steep stairways, the cobwebs and spiders, the handsome castle interiors and all of the interiors beautifully photographed. Les Baxter’s music provides an appropriately chilling background score. Roger Corman’s direction is a major asset and BARBARA STEELE does nicely as the adulterous wife.
Kerr is adequate as the young man inquiring into the death of his sister, but it’s Price’s show all the way. His mad scene at the end is extremely well handled, a bit over-the-top in many ways, but still effective. The pendulum scene is a nail biter.
Summing up: Top rate Gothic mystery makes good combination of Poe, Corman and Price once again.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 20 min (80 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Drama, Horror, Mystery
Director Roger Corman
Writer Richard Matheson (screenplay), Edgar Allan Poe (story “The Pit and the Pendulum”)
Actors Vincent Price, John Kerr, Barbara Steele, Luana Anders
Production Company Alta Vista Productions
Sound Mix Mono (Ryder Sound Services)
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory Pathé Laboratories, USA (color)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm