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Or, to be more formal, Edgar Allan Poe’s The Pit and the Pendulum.
But it isn’t, really.
It’s Roger Corman’s The Pit and the Pendulum. It’s also Richard Matheson’s The Pit and the Pendulum.
And more than that, it’s Vincent Price’s The Pit and the Pendulum.
Let’s get started, shall we?
As always, we’ll begin with our final impressions; you’ll find the full transcript after the jump.
Special Guest: Bryon
Chris 9:27 PM That was like 5% Poe, 95% Richard Matheson
Cathschaffstump 9:27 PM For sure.
Chris 9:27 PM but Matheson is awesome
Cathschaffstump 9:27 PM Definitely a critter of 1961.
Chris 9:29 PM Okay, so I guess Richard Matheson had an idea for a screenplay, and Edgar Allen Poe is public domain so why not tack his name on?
Cathschaffstump 9:28 PM So, there were a boat load of films like this, focusing on Poe stories.
Cathschaffstump 9:28 PM Because Poe is you know, scary.
Cathschaffstump 9:29 PM But there isn’t much to most of his stories, so yeah.
Cathschaffstump 9:30 PM Having grown up with these somewhat, I appreciate them, but I think they would be hard for modern audiences.
Cathschaffstump 9:31 PM Films that belong to a very different time.
Chialynn 9:32 PM They do what they need to do very well.
Chialynn 9:33 PM Which is kind of a Corman hallmark.
Chris 9:34 PM They have sort of a theatrical appeal
george_galuschak 9:35 PM it’s a fine movie
chialynn 9:35 PM Low budget, made fast, some amazing performers, a lot of schlock.
Cathschaffstump 9:35 PM More like theater than a movie.
Chris 9:35 PM They feel very proscenium arch despite being full sets to me
Chialynn 9:35 PM Perfect for a night at the drive-in.
Cathschaffstump 9:35 PM but a different kind of thing than Hammer.
Cathschaffstump 9:36 PM Hammer is rawer, racier.
Cathschaffstump 9:36 PM Corman is well, as Chris just said, proscenium arch.
Chris 9:36 PM Hammer didn’t even pretend to have plots, really
george_galuschak 9:36 PM Vincent price makes that movie
cathschaffstump 9:36 PM Vincent Price makes pretty much any movie.
Chris 9:36 PM that’s true, remove him and not much is left
cathschaffstump 9:36 PM Even Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine.
Chris 9:37 PM The acting is very declamatory, which I think sort of saves it. Makes it like an intentional artifact rather than just dated.
Cathschaffstump 9:38 PM yes! I like to think of this film as an artifact.
Cathschaffstump 9:38 PM A perfect specimen.
Chris 9:38 PM so, final verdict?
george_galuschak 9:38 PM thumb’s up!
Chris 9:48 PM Not bad, even though it has almost nothing to do with Poe
Chialynn 9:48 PM Excellent, very much a product of its time.
Cathschaffstump 9:48 PM I recommended it, so you know I gotta like it.
Chialynn 9:48 PM A better movie for watching with others than for watching alone.
Cathschaffstump 9:49 PM It’s also a good date film at my house.
Chialynn 9:49 PM Not because of the scary bits, but because cheese is best when shared.