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The Pit and the Pendulum Review


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As part of his Edgar Allan Poe series in the 1960s (including The Raven, House of Usher, and The Masque of the Red Death), Roger Corman created The Pit and the Pendulum, based on one of Poe's best-known works.

Well, in title, anyway. The story, about a man trapped in the torture chamber during the Spanish Inquisition isn't so well-known itself. And Corman and writer Richard Matheson (The Omega Man) take some extensive liberties with the story, turning into a tale about the son (Vincent Price) of a Spanish Inquisitor who inherits his father's house of horrors (torture chamber included). His adulturous wife (Barbara Steele) has faked her own death and is trying to drive her husband crazy... and when she succeeds, she gets more than she bargained for.

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A Bucket Of Blood Review


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There's not really a bucket of blood in A Bucket of Blood, a 65-minute thriller about a semi-insane busboy-cum-artist who kills his models then covers them with clay. Voila! Art! Dick Miller breezes through this production like it's an extended Twilight Zone episode. Well, not very extended. Simply so-so, but engaging enough for its mercifully short running time.
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