Horror legend Vincent Price [House on Haunted Hill, The Fly] and Italian scream queen Barbara Steele [Nightmare Castle. Black Sunday] combine forces for a classic adaptation of Edgar Alan Poe's story The Pit and the Pendulum. With director Roger Corman [The Masque of the Red Death, Little Shop of Horrors] at the helm and Richard Matheson [I Am Legend] in charge of the screen play could you really make a terrible film? No, is the short answer.
Pit looks and feels like a Hammer Horror film which is a good thing. The cinematography is gorgeous, the acting is rock solid and story is engaging every step of the way. Price gives a rather subdued performance as Nicholas who is haunted by the spirit of his dead wife, Elizabeth. I like Price in this role and appreciate his nuanced approach as the "tortured soul" Nicholas. No one could have done it better. The only complaint I have is that Steele, who play's Nicholas' departed wife perfectly, receives very little screen time except in flashbacks. She has such a commanding presence on screen that it's a shame they gave her so little to work with here.
Pit is listed as a horror film but should be thought of as an old-fashioned thriller that keeps giving us tidbits of info along the way that provide all the twists and turns of the story. This one is definitely a keeper and is right up there with Corman's best work as a director. Don't miss it!
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