The greatest terror tale ever told! A horse-drawn carriage pulls up on a deserted beach. A sombre figure dismounts and gazes up towards his destination - a foreboding cliff-top castle perched high above the crashing waves. Thus the perfect Gothic scene is set for Pit and the Pendulum the second of Roger Corman's celebrated Poe adaptations once again starring the ever-reliable Vincent Price (The Fall of the House of Usher Theatre of Blood) alongside the bewitching Barbara Steele (Black Sunday). Having learned of the sudden death of his sister Elizabeth (Steele)... Francis Barnard (John Kerr) sets out to the castle of his brother-in-law Nicholas Medina to uncover the cause of her untimely demise. A distraught grief-stricken Nicholas (Price) can offer only the vaguest explanations as to Elizabeth's death - at first citing 'something in her blood' but later asserting that she quite literally 'died of fright'. What sort of unspeakable horrors are buried within the walls of this castle that could cause one's heart to stop so? With Francis determined to get to the bottom of this mystery the terrible truth will not stay buried for long. Right from its brooding kaleidoscopic opening titles Pit and Pendulum draws you into its world of cobwebs secret passageways and dusty suits of armour. All the necessary elements are present and correct and along with one of Vincent Price's most tortured performances make Pit and the Pendulum every inch the Gothic melodrama. Special Features: Limited Edition Packaging High Definition Digital Transfer Newly Created Exclusive Content Collector's Booklet Featuring New Writing on the Film Archive Content and more! [show more]
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Roger Corman directs this horror starring Vincent Price, John Kerr and Barbara Steele. Nicholas Medina (Vincent Price) lives in a castle complete with a torture chamber built during the Spanish Inquisition. After the death of his wife Elizabeth (Steele), Nicholas slowly goes mad, hears her voice and becomes convinced that he has buried her alive. When her brother Francis Barnard (Kerr) pays a visit he is shocked to learn of Elizabeth's death and doesn't buy Nicholas' explanation that she died from a rare blood disease. He vows to stay until he discovers the truth but the circumstances surrounding her death only become more mysterious when he learns she died of fright in the castle's hidden torture chamber. A twist in the tale leads to a horrific denouement in the chamber for all of those in the castle.