Season 3: Episode 78 - The Pit and the Pendulum
The Pit and the Pendulum (1842)
The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
The 1842 short story from Poe is about a man’s torment in prison during the Spanish Inquisition although Poe does skews historical fact to fit the fabric of his story. The short story uses the senses to instil fear into the reader unlike is previous work which dealt more than supernatural. The death anxiety that the narrator experiences ingrains itself into the mind of the reader.
In 1961, with a script by Richard Matheson, Roger Corman send ferore into Edgar Allan Poe would star Vincent Price, Barbara Steele and John Kerr. The film would be a huge influence with Italian horror with Bava’s The Whip and the Body and Argento’s Profundo Rosso. Stephen King has stated that this is one of the most important films of 1960’s horror.
We are joined by Rod Labbe, esteemed film historian and journalist of classic films and one of our favourite guest co-host.
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Opening Credits – The Pit and the Pendulum by Les Baxter from the soundtrack album The Pit and the Pendulum
Closing Credits – Torture by Berlin from the album Pleasure Victim
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