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The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) was a Horror - Thriller/Suspense Film directed by Roger Corman and produced by Roger Corman, Samuel Z. Arkoff and James H. Nicholson.

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Classic Films in Focus: THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM (1961)

By Jennifer Garlen on Oct 22, 2014 From Virtual Virago

The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) rambles far afield of the original story by Edgar Allan Poe, even for a Roger Corman adaptation, but that doesn't prevent it from being an entertaining horror film. With Vincent Price and Barbara Steele both giving memorable performances and a gruesome story of adulte... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM (1961)

By Jennifer Garlen on Oct 22, 2014 From Virtual Virago

The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) rambles far afield of the original story by Edgar Allan Poe, even for a Roger Corman adaptation, but that doesn't prevent it from being an entertaining horror film. With Vincent Price and Barbara Steele both giving memorable performances and a gruesome story of adulte... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM (1961)

By Jennifer Garlen on Oct 22, 2014 From Virtual Virago

The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) rambles far afield of the original story by Edgar Allan Poe, even for a Roger Corman adaptation, but that doesn't prevent it from being an entertaining horror film. With Vincent Price and Barbara Steele both giving memorable performances and a gruesome story of adulte... Read full article


The Pit and the Pendulum

By RBuccicone on Oct 21, 2011 From MacGuffin Movies

The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) ???? I think I’m safe in saying that no actor was more familiar with the work –or the loosely interpreted work– of Edgar Allen Poe than Vincent Price. The man made nearly a dozen movies based on this master author’s works. This saddens me, howe... Read full article


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Elizabeth: [shouting Don Medinas name causing him to fall down the stairs] Nicholas!


Catherine: No one will ever enter this room again.


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Facts about

To increase the pendulum's sense of deadly menace, director Roger Corman took out every other frame during the editing stage making the blade appear to move twice as fast.
The film never had an original prologue. It was added when the film was sold to TV and a further few minutes were required to pad out the running time. Only Luana Anders from the original cast was available so an extra scene of her in a madhouse was filmed and tacked on to the beginning. This scene does not really tie in with the rest of the film.
This film was shot in fifteen days.
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