The Unreliable Narrators Watch… The Pit and the Pendulum

 

The Pit and the Pendulum movie poster

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.

Spoilers Ahoy!!!

 

DRAMATIS PERSONAE:

Chris
Cath
Chia
George
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.

 

 

DRAMATIS PERSONAE:

Chris

Cath

Chia

George

Special Guest: Bryon

cathschaffstump 8:00 PM Bryon says, “If you badmouth this movie, when you come to Icon, I will make you suffer the torments of Hell!”

chris 8:01 PM this isn’t Hammer, is it?

george_galuschak 8:02 PM it’s roger corman. there will most likely be a shot of a burning chicken coop

chialynn 8:07 PM Ready! Set… Roar!

Chris 8:07 PM P&P!

George 8:07 PM LSD intro!

Chris 8:08 PM welcome to the 60s

Chialynn 8:08 PM Oh, it’s that period of horror movie, isn’t it? The “Drugs are bad, mmmmkay” era.

Cathschaffstump 8:08 PM Unlike last week, when the drugs will make your kids demonic.

george_galuschak 8:09 PM I wore a hat like that to work last week

chialynn 8:10 PM That hat would suit you, George.

george_galuschak 8:10 PM i know, right?

Chris 8:11 PM funky Don Medina

Chialynn 8:11 PM “You will announce that a very stoned young man has come to see him.”

Chialynn 8:12 PM “Don Medina is definitely resting, and not dead, or possessed, or anything.”

Chialynn 8:12 PM “No grave, as such.” But she is… dead, as such?

Chris 8:12 PM they buried his sister according to *their* family custom?

Chialynn 8:13 PM Once you marry into this family, you’re stuck with their burial customs.

Cathschaffstump 8:13 PM For sure.

Chialynn 8:14 PM “She’s in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying beware the leopard.”

Cathschaffstump 8:14 PM These costumes are actually better than Hammer costumes. They look pretty good.

Chris 8:14 PM Hammer doesn’t even attempt to do a certain period – tavern wenches, King George, it’s all good

Chialynn 8:15 PM I wonder which BBC vault they raided.

Chris 8:15 PM pity the car air filter never made a fashion comeback

Cathschaffstump 8:16 PM You know how Vincent Price seems sort of like a suspicious murderer in this part?

Chialynn 8:16 PM Sort of…

Chris 8:17 PM Sure thing, Kato

Cathschaffstump 8:17 PM “The night and more, sir, until I know exactly what has happened here.”

Cathschaffstump 8:17 PM WAVES!!!

Cathschaffstump 8:17 PM TURRETS!

Cathschaffstump 8:17 PM Dining room…

Cathschaffstump 8:17 PM Oh. It’s a bedroom.

Chialynn 8:18 PM Did he just tell Vincent Price that his word was not enough?

Chris 8:18 PM fuller explanation

Chialynn 8:18 PM Vincent Price has killed men for less.

Cathschaffstump 8:19 PM Damn straight.

Chris 8:19 PM Please explain more better and fuller.

Chialynn 8:19 PM “The atmosphere is heavy in here.” Novy says, “As heavy as your acting.”

Chris 8:19 PM They needed some hardcore scenery for all the chewing to come

george_galuschak 8:19 PM great furniture. Hey, is that a chamber pot?

Chialynn 8:20 PM A very special chamber pot, chosen by the lady’s own… hand.

Chris 8:20 PM Gah, you won’t shut up about your dead sister! What gives, man?

Chialynn 8:20 PM “Something in the way she moved…”

Chris 8:21 PM It’s been a while, but none of this is in the story, correct?

Cathschaffstump 8:21 PM Yeah. The story is one scene. This is all extrapolation.

Chialynn 8:21 PM Oh, they didn’t raid the BBC costume vaults. They raided Universal Pictures. Or so Wikipedia tells me.

Chris 8:21 PM Richard Burton wants his tunic back

Cathschaffstump 8:22 PM I think that one belongs to Laurence Olivier.

george_galuschak 8:22 PM boar for dinner?

Chialynn 8:22 PM A turkey? In Renaissance Spain?

Cathschaffstump 8:23 PM Well, hey, if Arthur’s knights can eat ears of corn.

Chialynn 8:23 PM “A beautiful woman, your sister. And you are a beautiful young man.”

Cathschaffstump 8:23 PM Why did my sister die?

george_galuschak 8:24 PM ‘well, she stopped breathing’

chris 8:24 PM lol

chialynn 8:24 PM Why are Vincent Price and the bereaved brother wearing matching black doublets?

Cathschaffstump 8:24 PM It’s Spain. Black is the color.

Cathschaffstump 8:24 PM What I can’t figure out is why the doctor is wearing brown.

Chris 8:24 PM He’s an outsider?

Cathschaffstump 8:25 PM Or…a mad schemer…in cahoots with…but perhaps I’ve said too much.

Chialynn 8:25 PM Brown is the color of dried blood.

chris

8:25 PM Vincent Price always looks pained. Like he just threw his hip out

Chialynn 8:25 PM “Your sister was obsessed with my father’s… torture chamber.” “Is that what the kids are calling it these days?”

Chialynn 8:26 PM It is a very cozy torture chamber.

Chialynn 8:27 PM As torture chambers go.

8:27 PM The cobwebs really tie the room together.

Cathschaffstump 8:27 PM I brought you down here, to show you the torture chamber, but I don’t want you to see the WORSE torture chamber.

Chialynn 8:27 PM As long as his sister was hanging around the torture chamber, she might have picked up a broom or a duster.

george_galuschak 8:27 PM “She loved it here. Who wouldn’t?’

Chris 8:27 PM breezy, open spaces!

Cathschaffstump 8:27 PM “His depravity is not yours, Nicholas.” …yet.

cathschaffstump 8:27 PM Wow. This writing is a little…staid.

chris 8:28 PM Declaim, I say unto thee!

george_galuschak 8:28 PM spawn of his depraved…blood

george_galuschak 8:28 PM i would have said loins myself

chialynn 8:28 PM Yes, but you’re not depraved.

Chris 8:28 PM wow, 50s soap opera flashback! complete with Vaseline on the lens

Cathschaffstump 8:28 PM So. You know the miasma of barbarity can do for you.

Chialynn 8:28 PM Is the green lighting the miasma of barbarity, or the blue?

Chris 8:29 PM Blue = we’re pretending it’s after dark

Chris 8:29 PM uh oh, sickly purple

Cathschaffstump 8:29 PM Look. It’s Barbara Steele!

george_galuschak 8:29 PM look at all that loveliness!

Cathschaffstump 8:29 PM Wow. She’s actually a knock out.

Chialynn 8:29 PM Why was the doctor invited to these intimate conversations?

Cathschaffstump 8:29 PM You wonder, don’t you, Chia?

george_galuschak 8:29 PM they’ve never had sex, have they?

Chialynn 8:29 PM No, I don’t think they have.

Cathschaffstump 8:30 PM Why would they need to have sex? It’s not THAT kind of film.

Cathschaffstump 8:30 PM Or, off camera. Okay, no.

Chialynn 8:30 PM Maybe that’s why he’s confused about where that inherited depravity comes from.

george_galuschak 8:31 PM ok that was depressing

cathschaffstump 8:32 PM How do you get yourself into an Iron Maiden?

Chris 8:32 PM She only meant to try and get the dimensions. then it closed

chialynn 8:32 PM Did you know the Iron Maiden was a much later invention?

Chialynn 8:32 PM Meant to demonstrate how barbaric the Middle Ages were.

chris 8:33 PM German expressionist flashback !

george_galuschak 8:34 PM Look it’s little Vincent!

chialynn 8:34 PM He’s wearing… the same ruff!

Chialynn 8:34 PM And if you remove it—his head falls off!

george_galuschak 8:34 PM Ye gods, daddy has some depraved hobbies!

Chris 8:34 PM he happened to be playing near the Iron Maiden, when…

Cathschaffstump 8:34 PM Oh, kid. You should go back to Pokemon on your phone.

Cathschaffstump 8:35 PM Sebastian does not look evil. Not at all. Nope. Nothing bad gonna happen here.

Chris 8:36 PM VP looks like he’s wearing a Satan Halloween costume. He needs stuffed horns

Chialynn 8:35 PM “Our father Sebastian, who is totally not Vincent Price with a wad of gum stuffed into his cheek.”

Chris 8:36 PM “We keep the hot torture coals burning at all times, just in case.”

Chialynn 8:37 PM If only she’d poured poison in his ear when she had the chance.

Chialynn 8:38 PM We need Reddit to do an analysis of the font on her grave marker.

Cathschaffstump 8:38 PM No one can resist those Tudor veils.

Chialynn 8:39 PM It’s not easy to look competent in pumpkin pants and no doublet, but he’s working on it.

Cathschaffstump 8:39 PM Hey. Didn’t Elizabeth play the harpsicord?

Chialynn 8:39 PM “Nicholas has never played the harpsichord in his life. He doesn’t even have fingers!”

Chialynn 8:40 PM (Nicholas totally has fingers.)

Chris 8:40 PM Doe, a deer

Cathschaffstump 8:41 PM Oh. Her ring!!!!!

Chialynn 8:41 PM “It’s just a bloody harpsichord. What are you so worked up about?”

george_galuschak 8:42 PM yeah what the hell’s his problem?

Chialynn 8:42 PM “Yes, that’s your sister’s Super Bowl ring.”

Chris 8:42 PM the suit of armor is posed doing the funky chicken

Chialynn 8:43 PM Oh, look. There’s that awkward valet again.

Chris 8:43 PM OK, fine. Another family secret! but this is the LAST ONE.

george_galuschak 8:43 PM ‘Nicholas is batshit crazy’

chialynn 8:44 PM When a strange man gives you a drink and insists you drink it, do not drink it.

Cathschaffstump 8:44 PM I will stake my reputation (as a suspicious doctor in brown) on that.

Chialynn 8:44 PM CONVULSIONS OF HORROR!!!

george_galuschak 8:44 PM there’s some acting happenin’ here

Cathschaffstump 8:44 PM For the love of god, Montresor!

Cathschaffstump 8:44 PM Wait. That’s another Poe.

Chialynn 8:45 PM This movie definitely has a whole lotta Poe happenin’.

Chris 8:45 PM Poeverse

Cathschaffstump 8:45 PM It’s the maid.

Chialynn 8:46 PM Oh, _there’s_ the feather duster Elizabeth couldn’t be bothered with.

Chialynn 8:47 PM Are there only two servants in this castle?

Cathschaffstump 8:48 PM Yes. The awful truth about the Corman budget.

Chris 8:48 PM they’re on holiday with Count Dracula’s staff

Chialynn 8:48 PM No wonder the basement is full of spiders and they keep misplacing beautiful women.

Cathschaffstump 8:48 PM Oh, now what?

Chialynn 8:49 PM Novy says, “Led Zeppelin’s been here! They trashed the room!”

Chris 8:49 PM 8:50 PM Threw the TV out the window

Cathschaffstump 8:49 PM Not cool. Trashing the painting. Not cool.

george_galuschak 8:50 PM ‘the painting i got at the mall! it’s ruined!’

chialynn 8:50 PM What’s that? A secret papier-mache door?

Chris 8:50 PM This secret, hinged styrofoam block”

Chialynn 8:50 PM And where is this light coming from? Are there LEDs in the secret passage?

Cathschaffstump 8:50 PM Um…the film crew? Oh wait. Too much meta. I don’t know.

Chialynn 8:51 PM It is a very convenient passage. He has a point about that.

Cathschaffstump 8:51 PM Yes, but it’s all circumstantial.

Cathschaffstump 8:51 PM You are wrong sir!

Cathschaffstump 8:51 PM You are lying sir!

Cathschaffstump 8:52 PM Gratituitous use of sir.

Chris 8:52 PM Insanity defense

Chialynn 8:52 PM “Could I have done this without knowing?” “No! Blame the maid!”

Chris 8:52 PM Creating evidence to make myself pass out!

Cathschaffstump 8:52 PM Oh, the poor guy is willing to consider the possibility. That’s poignant in an old school kind of way.

Cathschaffstump 8:52 PM I gotta see the body.

Chialynn 8:53 PM Oh, look. We have another medical professional suggesting a ridiculous course of action to reassure a patient.

Cathschaffstump 8:53 PM Doctors are not coming off well in our selections this month.

Chialynn 8:54 PM I’d want to put on some work clothes, maybe, before digging up my beloved wife.

Chialynn 8:54 PM Lose the ruff, maybe.

Cathschaffstump 8:54 PM At least get out of my pajamas.

Chris 8:54 PM He removed his rapier, what more do you want?

Chris 8:55 PM lit from inside!

Chialynn 8:55 PM You didn’t bury her alive—you turned her to stone!

Cathschaffstump

8:56 PM And…she’s buried alive!

Chialynn 8:56 PM Oh, nobody shrieks and moans like Vincent.

Chris 8:57 PM a ha ha haaaa haaa

george_galuschak 8:57 PM ahh, let him, he’s had a rough day

chialynn 8:57 PM Whatever the role, whatever the script, he gives it his all.

Cathschaffstump 8:58 PM He is one of a kind, our man Vincent.

Chialynn 8:58 PM Wow, the doctor is really comfortable in this house, taking half his clothes off and all.

Chialynn 8:58 PM 8:59 PM That glitter dot vest is really ahead of its time.

Cathschaffstump 8:58 PM Like lounge wear for the 16th century.

Chialynn 8:59 PM That glitter dot vest is really ahead of its time.

Cathschaffstump 8:59 PM That’s kind of a Cromwell shirt. 17th century.

Chris 8:59 PM seriously, why is the armor doing a funky chicken?

Chialynn 8:59 PM The armor is also ahead of its time.

Chris 9:00 PM I totally would’ve banged you if you hadn’t killed my sister

george_galuschak 9:00 PM he’s making his move!

Chialynn 9:01 PM They’ve been hinting at that since he first came onscreen.

Cathschaffstump 9:01 PM NOT in the cards, dude.

Chialynn 9:01 PM He puts out the candles in front of him, and the room behind him gets darker.

Cathschaffstump 9:01 PM Nice movie effect.

Chris 9:02 PM lol

Chialynn 9:02 PM Oh, Vincent Price. I will happily watch you stagger around with a silly mustache.

Cathschaffstump 9:02 PM Oh. Things are going south.

Chialynn 9:03 PM It’s like one of his eyebrows escaped and made its home on his upper lip.

Cathschaffstump 9:03 PM Bryon says one of the scariest horror scenes for him as a child is coming up.

Chris 9:03 PM a sudden draft caused the 2,000 lb stone slab to slam shut

Cathschaffstump 9:03 PM Also watch for the underfoot rat.

Cathschaffstump 9:04 PM I hate that walking into cobwebs thing.

Chialynn 9:04 PM Hello, rat.

george_galuschak 9:04 PM aww, it’s cute!

Chris 9:05 PM I like the drunk rat passed out on the candle holder thingy

Chialynn 9:06 PM Fake spider!

Cathschaffstump 9:06 PM No longer caring about the spider webs. A bad sign.

george_galuschak 9:07 PM wow. he’s acting here

george_galuschak 9:07 PM is he ever

chris 9:07 PM votive candles burning!

Cathschaffstump  9:07 PM Why did you close the door?

Cathschaffstump  9:07 PM Suspense.

Cathschaffstump  9:07 PM Music.

Cathschaffstump  9:07 PM Killing me.

Cathschaffstump  9:07 PM And here’s Bryon’s scary scene.

Cathschaffstump 9:08 PM Into the coffin.

Cathschaffstump 9:08 PM the coffin opens.

Cathschaffstump  9:08 PM Bloody hand.

Chialynn 9:08 PM Yeah, that’s pretty scary alright. Especially if I were a kid.

Chialynn 9:09 PM How did you lock yourself in, NIcholas?!

Cathschaffstump 9:09 PM And then he runs and he can’t get out.

Cathschaffstump 9:09 PM And Barbara Steele keeps coming.

Cathschaffstump 9:09 PM He fights with the door, falls.

Cathschaffstump 9:09 PM flop sweat

Chris 9:09 PM Neekolas

Cathschaffstump 9:09 PM Tries to undo the lock…barely in time.

Cathschaffstump 9:09 PM Falls down the stairs.

Cathschaffstump 9:09 PM And now..drags himself across the floor.

Chialynn 9:10 PM She looks damned good for a woman who was a dessicated corpse a few hours ago.

Cathschaffstump 9:10 PM And then he loses it.

Cathschaffstump 9:10 PM Mad as a hatter.

Chris 9:10 PM it’s that ocean air

Chialynn 9:11 PM You were right not to trust that doctor, Cath.

Chris 9:12 PM rarrr

george_galuschak 9:12 PM it looks like they’ve had sex

cathschaffstump 9:12 PM she looks very Dark Shadows

chialynn 9:12 PM “Elizabeth, you’re monologuing. You know what happens when you monologue.”

george_galuschak 9:13 PM uh oh

Chris 9:13 PM Don’t you want to see my (SNARLS)

Chialynn 9:14 PM So, you meant to drive him insane, but now that you’ve driven him insane, you’re not so sure that was a good idea.

Chialynn 9:14 PM “I am going to knead your face.”

Chris 9:14 PM eww

Cathschaffstump 9:15 PM Hey. It’s the anachronistic iron maiden she wasn’t in before.

Cathschaffstump 9:15 PM Ourch.

george_galuschak 9:15 PM overactors anonymous

george_galuschak 9:15 PM seek help

chialynn 9:15 PM We shall leave no scenery unchewed.

Cathschaffstump 9:16 PM This is an unfortunate time to show up to apologize.

Cathschaffstump 9:16 PM Vincent Price’s madness hair is not elegant.

Cathschaffstump 9:16 PM That was the Pit part of the film, yes.

Chris 9:16 PM wow, this is the most faithful adaptation since The Lawnmower Man

Cathschaffstump 9:17 PM Now…the Pendulum part.

Chialynn 9:17 PM “I put on my special face-squish hood, just for you.”

george_galuschak 9:17 PM actually i was sort of hoping he’d torture that guy

chialynn 9:17 PM “I’m kind of into face-squishing.”

Chris 9:17 PM and now, 70 minutes in, a snippet from the story!

Chialynn 9:18 PM It’s hard to sneak in multiple petticoats.

Chris 9:18 PM oh good, he donned his halloween costume

Chris 9:18 PM still wish he had stuffed devil horns drooping down

Cathschaffstump 9:18 PM You are about to enter Hell, Bartolomae! HELL!

Chialynn 9:18 PM That was quite a catalog of “hell.”

Chialynn 9:19 PM “What you may not know is that I am a living thesaurus of the infernal regions.”

Chris 9:19 PM thick doors

george_galuschak 9:19 PM don’t bother him, he’s busy chewing the scenery

Chialynn 9:20 PM Only in Hollywood does a strip of cloth between your teeth keep any sound at all from escaping your mouth.

Chris 9:20 PM a contraption worthy of Blofeld

Chialynn 9:21 PM We’ll assume his father had all of the workmen killed and buried them in the walls.

Cathschaffstump 9:21 PM I am sure that’s exactly what happened.

george_galuschak 9:21 PM hey its the surly servant

Chialynn 9:21 PM Oh, hey. Awkward valet dude finally gets a real job.

Cathschaffstump 9:21 PM And bring your poker.

Chris 9:21 PM good thing he’s on duty 24/7

Chialynn 9:22 PM And doesn’t ask any questions.

Chialynn 9:22 PM Y’know, I don’t even remember why the guy in the original story ended up in the pit.

Chris  9:22 PM I don’t think Poe even said why

((Editor’s Note: he was a prisoner of the Inquisition))

Chris 9:23 PM where are the mice?

((Editor’s Note #2: In the short story, the rats chew through the ropes))

Cathschaffstump 9:23 PM Soon, that shirt isn’t going to need buttons.

Cathschaffstump 9:23 PM Struggle. Scuffle.

Chialynn 9:24 PM Oopsie. I seem to have thrown my employer off a very high ledge.

Chris 9:24 PM Maximillian is fired

Cathschaffstump 9:24 PM There goes his reference.

Chris 9:24 PM aw they didn’t even follow the story

Chialynn 9:24 PM Either Maxie is much stronger than he looks, or that is a beautifully weighted pendulum.

george_galuschak 9:24 PM my tummy hurts

Cathschaffstump 9:24 PM Phew!

Cathschaffstump 9:24 PM Don’t worry about the infection from the stomach slices.

Cathschaffstump 9:24 PM I’m sure you’ll be fine.

Cathschaffstump 9:24 PM I’m sure that pendulum was sanitized.

Chialynn 9:25 PM Burn it, child. Burn it all down.

Cathschaffstump 9:25 PM And here’s the scene that scared the crap out of me as a kid.

Chialynn 9:25 PM Nuke it from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.

Cathschaffstump 9:25 PM Elizabeth is still alive in the iron maiden.

Chris 9:25 PM hahaha

Cathschaffstump 9:25 PM Those eyes.

Cathschaffstump 9:25 PM Fuck.

george_galuschak 9:26 PM aww, the movie’s over and no burning chicken coop

((Editor’s Note #3: many of Roger Corman’s films featured the same footage of a burning chicken coop))

Cathschaffstump 9:27 PM Nope. Not in every Corman.

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 budge, 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.

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