History Film / ThePitAndThePendulum

15th Jul '17 10:01:12 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* PeacefulInDeath: Subverted when Nicholas finds the remains of his wife, who he fears was BuriedAlive. The corpse appears to be screaming in agony. [[spoiler:It's all a gaslighting scheme by his living wife and her lover to drive him mad. Unfortunately for them, it works.]]
* PendulumOfDeath: Based off of the short story that created this trope.
* SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere: [[spoiler: Elizabeth gets sealed away in an iron maiden, and the torture room is locked up forever.]]


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* PeacefulInDeath: Subverted when Nicholas finds the remains of his wife, who he fears was BuriedAlive. The corpse appears to be screaming in agony. [[spoiler:It's all a gaslighting scheme by his living wife and her lover to drive him mad. Unfortunately for them, [[GoneHorriblyRight it works]].]]
* PendulumOfDeath: Based off of the short story that created this trope.
* SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere: [[spoiler: Elizabeth gets sealed away in an iron maiden, and the torture room is locked up forever.]]
15th Jul '17 9:59:27 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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Critics have pointed out that that this film had a large impact on many Italian horror films that followed it. Stephen King has cited certain sequences as some of the most important in horror.


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Critics have pointed out that that this film had a large impact on many Italian horror films that followed it. Stephen King Creator/StephenKing has cited certain sequences as some of the most important in horror.

15th Jul '17 8:27:36 PM JamesAustin
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* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: Elizabeth is revealed to be conspiring to break her husband Nicholas by fooling him into thinking he buried her alive. She in fact drives him to murderous insanity, leading to the film's closing reveal where is Elizabeth is still alive and unable to cry out in the iron maiden as the torture chamber is locked. Forever. And nobody will miss her, because she faked her own death earlier.]]


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* PeacefulInDeath: Subverted when Nicholas finds the remains of his wife, who he fears was BuriedAlive. The corpse appears to be screaming in agony. [[spoiler:It's all a gaslighting scheme by his living wife and her lover to drive him mad. Unfortunately for them, it works.]]
15th Jul '17 8:09:50 PM JamesAustin
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The Pit and the Pendulum is a 1961 {{Horror}} film directed by [[Creator/RogerCorman Roger Corman]], starring [[Creator/VincentPrice Vincent Price]], Barbara Steele, John Kerr, and Luana Anders. The screenplay is by Creator/RichardMatheson [[note]]the guy who wrote Literature/IAmLegend the {{Series/Twilight Zone}} episode [[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS5E123NightmareAt20000Feet Nightmare at 20000 Feet!!]] [[/note]] and was based on [[Creator/EdgarAllanPoe Edgar Allan Poe]]'s 1842 short story of the same name.

In sixteenth-century Spain, a young Englishman named Francis Barnard (John Kerr) visits his brother-in-law’s Gothic castle in order to learn more about the death of his sister Elizabeth. This brother-in-law, Don Nicholas Medina (played by the incomparable Vincent Price) is evasive about his wife’s death, inciting the young man’s investigation into the [[DarkSecret dark secrets]] hidden within the castle. As the protagonist attempts to delve into these secrets, he confronts the possibility of [[HauntedCastle ghostly hauntings]], premature burial, and betrayal. Eventually, he comes face to face with threats of torture and madness within the titular pit.

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The ''The Pit and the Pendulum Pendulum'' is a 1961 {{Horror}} {{horror}} film directed by [[Creator/RogerCorman Roger Corman]], Creator/RogerCorman, starring [[Creator/VincentPrice Vincent Price]], Creator/VincentPrice, Barbara Steele, John Kerr, and Luana Anders. The screenplay is by Creator/RichardMatheson [[note]]the guy who wrote Literature/IAmLegend ''Literature/IAmLegend'' and the {{Series/Twilight Zone}} ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone1959 Twilight Zone]]'' episode [[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS5E123NightmareAt20000Feet "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS5E123NightmareAt20000Feet Nightmare at 20000 Feet!!]] Feet!]]" [[/note]] and was based on [[Creator/EdgarAllanPoe Edgar Allan Poe]]'s Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's 1842 short story of the same name.

In sixteenth-century Spain, a young Englishman named Francis Barnard (John Kerr) (Kerr) visits his brother-in-law’s Gothic castle in order to learn more about the death of his sister Elizabeth. This brother-in-law, Don Nicholas Medina (played by the incomparable Vincent Price) (Price) is evasive about his wife’s wife's death, inciting the young man’s man's investigation into the [[DarkSecret dark secrets]] {{dark secret}}s hidden within the castle. As the protagonist attempts to delve into these secrets, he confronts the possibility of [[HauntedCastle ghostly hauntings]], premature burial, and betrayal. Eventually, he comes face to face with threats of torture and madness within the titular pit.



* [[spoiler: BigBadFriend]]: Nicholas's friend [[spoiler: Doctor Leon is conspiring against him with Elizabeth]]

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* [[spoiler: BigBadFriend]]: BigBadFriend: Nicholas's friend [[spoiler: Doctor Leon is conspiring against him with Elizabeth]]



* {{Death Trap}}: The pit and accompanying pendulum.

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* {{Death Trap}}: DeathTrap: The pit and accompanying pendulum.



* [[spoiler: FakingTheDead]]: It turns out that [[spoiler: Elizabeth was alive the entire time, intentionally driving her husband to insanity through guilt]].

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* [[spoiler: FakingTheDead]]: FakingTheDead: It turns out that [[spoiler: Elizabeth was alive the entire time, intentionally driving her husband to insanity through guilt]].



* GothicHorror: It's based off of an Edgar Allan Poe story! Of course it's an ''extremely'' [[InNameOnly loose adaptation]].

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* GothicHorror: It's based off of an Edgar Allan Poe story! Of course course, it's an ''extremely'' [[InNameOnly loose adaptation]].
14th Jul '17 3:32:40 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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The Pit and the Pendulum is a 1961 {{Horror}} film directed by [[Creator/RogerCorman Roger Corman]], starring [[Creator/VincentPrice Vincent Price]], Barbara Steele, John Kerr, and Luana Anders. The screenplay is by Richard Matheson [[note]]the guy who wrote the {{Series/Twilight Zone}} episode [[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS5E123NightmareAt20000Feet Nightmare at 20000 Feet!!]] [[/note]] and was based on [[Creator/EdgarAllanPoe Edgar Allan Poe]]'s 1842 short story of the same name.

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The Pit and the Pendulum is a 1961 {{Horror}} film directed by [[Creator/RogerCorman Roger Corman]], starring [[Creator/VincentPrice Vincent Price]], Barbara Steele, John Kerr, and Luana Anders. The screenplay is by Richard Matheson Creator/RichardMatheson [[note]]the guy who wrote Literature/IAmLegend the {{Series/Twilight Zone}} episode [[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS5E123NightmareAt20000Feet Nightmare at 20000 Feet!!]] [[/note]] and was based on [[Creator/EdgarAllanPoe Edgar Allan Poe]]'s 1842 short story of the same name.
13th Jul '17 8:12:27 PM JayTDawgzone
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* [[spoiler: BigBadFriend]]: Nicholas's friend [[spoiler: Doctor Leon is conspiring against him with Elizabeth]]
* BuriedAlive: Nicholas begins to think that he buried his wife alive. In a particularly shocking scene, the opening of Elizabeth's sarcophagus seems to confirm his fear.
* {{Death Trap}}: The pit and accompanying pendulum.
* DrivenToMadness: In the film's climactic sequence, [[spoiler: Nicholas Medina]] is completely insane and attempts to torture and kill [[spoiler: Francis and Elizabeth]].
* [[spoiler: FakingTheDead]]: It turns out that [[spoiler: Elizabeth was alive the entire time, intentionally driving her husband to insanity through guilt]].
* FemmeFatale: [[spoiler: Elizabeth]]
* {{Gaslighting}}: By the end of the film, [[spoiler: it is clear that Elizabeth has been trying to drive her husband mad]].



* HauntedCastle: Nicholas becomes convinced that the castle is haunted by the ghost of his dead wife. [[spoiler: It is actually haunted by his very much ''alive'' wife.]]
* InTheBlood: Nicolas's father Sebastian was a cruel, sadistic man who made good use of his torture chamber. Nicholas was traumatized as a young child after witnessing Sebastian torture and kill his wife; since then, Nicholas has been terrified of [[TurnOutLikeHisFather turning out like his father]]. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, he does]].
* LargeHam: Vincent Price does not disappoint in this category. [[ChewingTheScenery Ever]].



* SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere: [[spoiler: Elizabeth gets sealed away in an iron maiden, and the torture room is locked up forever.]]



* {{Uberwald}}: The opening sequence reveals a bleak landscape and dark castle, toward which the protagonist is heading.
* HauntedCastle: Nicholas becomes convinced that the castle is haunted by the ghost of his dead wife. [[spoiler: It is actually haunted by his very much ''alive'' wife.]]

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* {{Uberwald}}: The opening sequence reveals a bleak landscape and dark castle, toward which the protagonist is heading.
* HauntedCastle: Nicholas becomes convinced that
TortureCellar: Below the castle is haunted Nicholas Medina's father's torture chamber. Nicholas is disgusted and horrified by the ghost of his dead wife. [[spoiler: It is actually haunted by his very much ''alive'' wife.]]it.



* {{Gaslighting}}: By the end of the film, [[spoiler: it is clear that Elizabeth has been trying to drive her husband mad]].
* SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere: [[spoiler: Elizabeth gets sealed away in an iron maiden, and the torture room is locked up forever.]]
* {{Death Trap}}: The pit and accompanying pendulum.
* FemmeFatale: [[spoiler: Elizabeth]]
* TortureCellar: Below the castle is Nicholas Medina's father's torture chamber. Nicholas is disgusted and horrified by it.
* BuriedAlive: Nicholas begins to think that he buried his wife alive. In a particularly shocking scene, the opening of Elizabeth's sarcophagus seems to confirm his fear.
* LargeHam: Vincent Price does not disappoint in this category. [[ChewingTheScenery Ever]].
* [[spoiler: BigBadFriend]]: Nicholas's friend [[spoiler: Doctor Leon is conspiring against him with Elizabeth]]
* DrivenToMadness: In the film's climactic sequence, [[spoiler: Nicholas Medina]] is completely insane and attempts to torture and kill [[spoiler: Francis and Elizabeth]].
* InTheBlood: Nicolas's father Sebastian was a cruel, sadistic man who made good use of his torture chamber. Nicholas was traumatized as a young child after witnessing Sebastian torture and kill his wife; since then, Nicholas has been terrified of [[TurnOutLikeHisFather turning out like his father]]. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, he does]].
* [[spoiler: FakingTheDead]]: It turns out that [[spoiler: Elizabeth was alive the entire time, intentionally driving her husband to insanity through guilt]].

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* {{Gaslighting}}: By the end of the film, [[spoiler: it is clear that Elizabeth has been trying to drive her husband mad]].
* SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere: [[spoiler: Elizabeth gets sealed away in an iron maiden, and the torture room is locked up forever.]]
* {{Death Trap}}:
{{Uberwald}}: The pit and accompanying pendulum.
* FemmeFatale: [[spoiler: Elizabeth]]
* TortureCellar: Below the castle is Nicholas Medina's father's torture chamber. Nicholas is disgusted and horrified by it.
* BuriedAlive: Nicholas begins to think that he buried his wife alive. In a particularly shocking scene, the
opening of Elizabeth's sarcophagus seems to confirm his fear.
* LargeHam: Vincent Price does not disappoint in this category. [[ChewingTheScenery Ever]].
* [[spoiler: BigBadFriend]]: Nicholas's friend [[spoiler: Doctor Leon is conspiring against him with Elizabeth]]
* DrivenToMadness: In
sequence reveals a bleak landscape and dark castle, toward which the film's climactic sequence, [[spoiler: Nicholas Medina]] protagonist is completely insane and attempts to torture and kill [[spoiler: Francis and Elizabeth]].
* InTheBlood: Nicolas's father Sebastian was a cruel, sadistic man who made good use of his torture chamber. Nicholas was traumatized as a young child after witnessing Sebastian torture and kill his wife; since then, Nicholas has been terrified of [[TurnOutLikeHisFather turning out like his father]]. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, he does]].
* [[spoiler: FakingTheDead]]: It turns out that [[spoiler: Elizabeth was alive the entire time, intentionally driving her husband to insanity through guilt]].
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13th Jul '17 7:45:21 PM JayTDawgzone
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* LargeHam: [[MeanCharacterNiceActor Vincent Price]] does not disappoint in this category. [[ChewingTheScenery Ever]].

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* LargeHam: [[MeanCharacterNiceActor Vincent Price]] Price does not disappoint in this category. [[ChewingTheScenery Ever]].
13th Jul '17 7:44:58 PM JayTDawgzone
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* LargeHam: [[MeanCharacterNiceActor Vincent Price]] does not disappoint in this category. [[ChewingTheScenery Ever]].



* [[spoiler: FakingTheDead]]: It turns out that [[spoiler: Elizabeth was alive the entire time, intentionally driving her husband to insanity through guilt]].

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* [[spoiler: FakingTheDead]]: It turns out that [[spoiler: Elizabeth was alive the entire time, intentionally driving her husband to insanity through guilt]].

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guilt]].
13th Jul '17 7:40:51 PM JayTDawgzone
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* GothicHorror: It's based off of a Poe story! Of course it's an [[InNameOnly ''extremely loose'' adaptation]].

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* GothicHorror: It's based off of a an Edgar Allan Poe story! Of course it's an ''extremely'' [[InNameOnly ''extremely loose'' loose adaptation]].
13th Jul '17 7:39:14 PM JayTDawgzone
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* GothicHorror: It's based off of a Poe story! Of course it's an [[InNameOnly ''extremely loose'' adaptation]].



* [[spoiler: FakingTheDead]]: It turns out that [[spoiler: Elizabeth was alive the entire time, intentionally driving her husband to insanity through guilt]].

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* [[spoiler: FakingTheDead]]: It turns out that [[spoiler: Elizabeth was alive the entire time, intentionally driving her husband to insanity through guilt]].guilt]].

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