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Book-To-Movie: 1991 Film Version of Poe's 'Pit and the Pendulum'

Credit: Wikipedia It's the fourth Monday of the month and so time for another Book-To-Movie review! In a Book-To-Movie (BTM), we review a work of prose fiction and its movie adaptation. This is our first BTM since our new post day began two weeks ago ! A couple years back, we did a Book-To-Movie Review of Edgar Allen Poe's short story, "The Pit and the Pendulum". The story’s movie adaptation we went over was the 1961 version directed by Roger Corman and starring Vincent Price. In this post’s BTM, we're going to review the 1991 adaptation directed by Stuart Gordon ("Re-Animator", a movie that’s also based on another famous horror writer's work). Gordon's movie adaptation of "The Pit and the Pendulum" does a good job with the setting and creature effects but lacks the horror element.  I won't talk about Edgar Allen Poe's short story as much here since I do that in detail in the J anuary 2021 Book-To-Movie which you can check ou
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