The Pit and The Pendulum
DIRECTOR: ROGER CORMAN
CAST: VINCENT PRICE, JOHN KERR, BARBARA STEELE, LUANA ANDERS
The second of American International Pictures’ wildly successful Edgar Allen Poe adaptations, following 1960’s House of Usher, lays its scene in 16th century Spain, where an imperious Vincent Price knows more than he lets on about the mysterious recent death of his wife. I Am Legend author Richard Matheson’s script shrewdly builds out from Poe’s short story, while Corman’s atmospheric embellishments on the corkscrew-twisty plot would come to exercise a definite influence on later Italian giallo.
New 35mm print courtesy of the Academy Film Archives.