Monday, December 5, 2011

Day 3

Movie: Pit and the Pendulum
Starring: Lance Henriksen, Jeffrey Combs
Genre: Horror, Drama,
Year: 1991 {Rereleased in 2011}
Format: DVD

Plot: Set during the Spanish Inquisition, a priest uses his power of influence to strip a wealthy family of their money and desecrating the body of their ancestor.
A young couple in the village are caught up in the mob of people at the execution of one of the family members, with the wife Marie becoming the object of the priest's desire. He then imprisons her for being a witch.

Henriksen is one of the greatest actors around, and with just the tilt of his head can deliver a creepiness that stays with you for hours.
The film plays out in a bunch of ways exposing how desire and greed can over take anyone and that words of duress are sometimes more believable then actions.
 This film is an exercise in both fear and karma.

I am not sure if it was just where I have the re-released edition, but the production seemed a lot glossier then what I remembered other Full Moon films to have been.

What do I think I learned from this film?
Fear is a great motivation for everyone as is lust, making us agree sometimes to the worst. And that no matter how you dress them up, a straight man will do anything to get a woman naked.

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