Pit and the Pendulum

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Director(s): Roger Corman
Production: American International Pictures (AIP)
Rotten Tomatoes:
80 min

The atmosphere is heavy in here.

Why have you brought me here?

It is her room, sir.

I've had it kept exactly | as she left it.

Look around you sir.

This room was furnished and | arranged with dedicated love.

Every article of furniture | every decorative detail...

...is the work of a master | craftsman...

...of Italy, of Spain or France.

Indeed every country in the | civilized world...

...is represented here.

It is unique room.

I did it all for her.

I wanted her to have | something that...


I beg your pardon, sir.

I was just cleaning up.

Oh, yes, yes of course.

You may go now.

Is this all you | meant to tell me?

You are an unyielding man, | Mr. Barnard.

I am forced to be, sir.

God is my witness | I worshipped your sister

I worship her still.

Without her, life | is meaningless.

She was that substance of | loveliness.

I tried to capture it...

...but it was the way she walked | and moved...

...her smile, her voice.

She sang like an angel.

And she could play | the harpsichord...

...as no other woman I've | ever known could play.

Every night after we | have dined...

...she would play for me.

Please, forgive me.

I have not intended to so | display myself.

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13:24,937 -- 00:13:26,871 | I pray...

I pray...

...I pray you leave me for awhile.

Please, go.

Do you live in London, Mr. Barnard?

Yes, and you?

In Barcelona, with an aunt.

And have you been here long?

A little over a week.

I came to be with | Nicholas because I...

Who would that be?


How are you, my friend?

You look pale.

Slept badly, have you?

Charles, we have a visitor.

Well, splendid, splendid.

- Exactly what you need. | - Charles.

It's Elizabeth's brother.

- You mean... | - Yes.

Dr. Charles Leon | at your service, sir.


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Richard Matheson

Richard Burton Matheson (February 20, 1926 – June 23, 2013) was an American author and screenwriter, primarily in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres. He is best known as the author of I Am Legend, a 1954 science fiction horror vampire novel that has been adapted for the screen four times, as well as the movie Somewhere In Time for which Matheson wrote the screenplay, based on his novel Bid Time Return. Matheson also wrote 16 television episodes of The Twilight Zone, including "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" and "Steel". He adapted his 1971 short story "Duel" as a screenplay directed by a young Steven Spielberg, for the television film of the same name that year. Seven more of his novels or short stories have been adapted as major motion pictures — The Shrinking Man, Hell House, What Dreams May Come, Bid Time Return (filmed as Somewhere in Time), A Stir of Echoes, Steel (filmed as Real Steel), and Button, Button. Lesser movies based on his work include two from his early noir novels — Cold Sweat, based on his novel Riding the Nightmare, and Les seins de glace (Icy Breasts), based on his novel Someone is Bleeding. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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