Midnight Movie: The Pit And The Pendulum
Fri 21 May 2010 // 23:45
(Friday 21st / midnight / £4)
(Roger Corman / 1961 / USA / 80 minutes / certificate 15)
Roger Corman's adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe tales proved he was more than just a shlock shock director and in The Pit and The Pendulum his skill for pace, atmosphere and suspense are unsurpassed. Vincent Price is brilliant as the son of a notoriously barbaric Inquisitor whose wife has recently died. When her brother arrives from England to investigate her death he discovers a castle full of torture devices and a man on the brink of insanity. The tension builds to an diabolic final scene best watched on the big screen.