The waves crash on the cliffs as a man rides in his carriage to the castle at the top. The set I’ve seen in several other American International Pictures’ films, I’m not complaining, I love it in everything I see. Pit and the Pendulum (1961) is a dramatic tale filled with mystery and breath-holding, seat-clutching scenes to make anyone’s heart to race with every passing second.
This film plays on Vincent’s dramatic prowess, (or should I say melodramatic?) and tortured facial expressions. The macabre sensations and scenes, the choreography of the fight/chase scene are spectacular marvels all due to Roger Corman’s visionary direction, taking this gothic tale to the next level. The set is the same in many of the AIP films, but it doesn’t matter, they add more stuff to them, change the color slightly, making it always a work of art to delight the eyes. The intense moments of the pendulum swinging, lowering with every movement to the left and right, lower and lower. The sound of it is unnerving mixed with Les Baxter’s score.
Pit and the Pendulum is at the top for me in this series, I give it 5 out of 5 Stars.