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Yup, time once again for your old pal
Pyro to review another low budget Goodie!

I bring you the 1991 remake of The Pit & The Pendulum...

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Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jm1E-tMPniw


This is a remake of the original 1961 classic horror film starring Vincent Price. This remake is directed by Stuart Gordon and stars Lance Henrikson, Rona De Ricci, and Jeffrey Combs. Both films are based off short stories by Edgar Allen Poe.


Wiki Page (Plot & Info):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pit_and_the_Pendulum_1991_film


My Review:

Being a Horror Movie fan, it's a no-brainer that I won't pass up a movie based off of Edgar Allen Poe writings. I remember seeing bits & pieces of the original 1961 Vincent Price film as a kid. But never bringing myself to sit through and watch it in it's entirety. But recently, I had the opportunity to sit down and watch BOTH the '61 version and the '91 versions back to back. And the final verdict?, The '91 remake beats out the original just by a hair. And not suprising to me considering it's from the director of Re-Animator.. [Cool]

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Overall, this movie is a pretty sweet low budget horror flick that I can recommend to any fan of the genre. Lance Henrikson's genuinely creepy demeanor shines through in this film, and thus makes his performance better than the rest. And the unknown Rona De Ricci plays the "Damsel in Distress" role terrifically too.
I say check it out if you get the chance.


My Rating:
7/10

[ 25. June 2016, 14:43: Message edited by: Pyro ]

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I don't agree that this beats the 61 version which is my fave Vincent Price flick. But they're so different and I do really enjoy both [Big Grin] I was pleasantly surprised catching this the other year.

[ 07. July 2011, 13:39: Message edited by: Helen_S ]

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I'm not bagging the '61 version at all..This is just a personal preference really. I just liked the remake a bit more. But the original is just fine on it's own..And you're right Helen..when compared to each other, they are pretty much 2 completely different movies anyway
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I was sorely disappointed with the '91 version. I like Stuart Gordon, but I thought that this was a misfire. Henrickson was good, in an over-the-top way. (Then again, Vincent Price was pretty over the top in the original.) But nothing else really jelled. You have Henrickson's serious, method performance against the goofy, anachronistic humor, almost like "Torquemada Meets the Three Stooges." It just didn't work for me.

I like the '61 Corman/Poe film, but it's not the best of the Poe series.

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Yes it is [Mad] [Razz]

Outside of the films based on his work, my fave Poe related thing is the Cushing segment in Torture Garden, great stuff [Smile]

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I really liked the 91 version sick and twisted lol the 61 version is still fave of mine aswel after all it being my first ever horror movie
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Once again i remember this from Fangoria but i´ve never seen the film.
Looks nice!

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quote:
Originally posted by Helen_S:


Outside of the films based on his work, my fave Poe related thing is the Cushing segment in Torture Garden, great stuff [Smile]

That segment is cool. I think that it's a toss-up between "Masque of the Red Death" and "Tomb of Ligeia" for best Corman/Poe film, with "The Fall of the House of Usher" coming in third, then probably "Pit and the Pendulum," though "Tales of Terror" is excellent too. [Smile]
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Masque would be my second choice [Smile] Love Ligeia and Tales of Terror [Smile] I didn't get to The Fall of the House of Usher until a few years ago and just remember feeling so disappointed with it. I will have to give it another go.

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And since we are on a role, I'll admit that I like them all. "The Raven," while not serious, is fun. And I think that the Price-less (deliberate pun) "Premature Burial" is fun. "Haunted Palace," not really Poe, is probably my least favorite.
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'Masque' rules.
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I would say Masque used to be my favorite of the bunch...though, like many other things in this life..my mind changes like the wind..lol
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