The Pit and the Pendulum review – Philip French on Roger Corman’s low-budget, hair-raising Poe adaptation | Film | The Observer

Vincent Price

Following The Fall of the House of Usher, this was the second of Roger Corman’s gothic movies loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe tales and produced by the low-budget exploitation studio American International. Both starred the larger-than-life barnstorming aesthete Vincent Price and had literate scripts (the work of pulp writer Richard Matheson, author of Spielberg’s Duel), handsome sets (production designer Daniel Haller) and widescreen colour photography (veteran Floyd Crosby, who’d won an Oscar in 1931 for Murnau’s Tabu). Their style and opulence belie the modest budgets and shooting schedules (in this case, $300,000 and 15 days). Received with grudging respect by the press, Time magazine called it "Edgar Allan poetic", while Hollywood Reporter wrote of "a class suspense-horror film of the calibre of the excellent ones done by Hammer".

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