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Edgar Allan Poe's The Pit And The Pendulum (2009)

Lorielle New , Stephen Hansen , David DeCoteau  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lorielle New, Stephen Hansen, Bart Voitila, Jason Stewart, Andrew Bowen
  • Directors: David DeCoteau
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: E1 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002VRNJ12
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,482 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Seven students arrive at a secluded mansion to participate in a scientific experiment conducted by JB Divay, a bizarre hypnotist with a dark past. At first the group dismisses JB’s eccentricities… until the students start disappearing. Directed by David DeCoteau

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This one is absolutely wild March 13, 2010
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A dominatrix hypnotist, lesbians making out, a mad scientist who is an abusive father, classical music (Chopin I think), buff boys wrestling in their underwear, hundreds of ticking clocks and cactuses (excuse me JB - CACTI) lots and lots of cacti. These are the main ingredients in David Decoteau's THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, one of the most fascinating, beautiful and peculiar films it has ever been my pleasure to see. This one is really Decoteau at his absolute best, certainly one of the finest films of his career, ranking right up there with the original BROTHERHOOD and LEATHER JACKET LOVE STORY. This one wont be to everyones taste but if you are adventurous and love truly original film making this one is a genuine must see. The film has a great script and some really fine performances. How great to see Michael King back in a Decoteau film. He made quite an impression in WITCHES OF THE CARRIBEAN and he truly outdoes himself in this film (particularly in the aforementioned wrestling sequence). The music score is very good with selections from many different genres. Howard Wexler is once again the director of photography and the results he gets are astounding. This is a beautiful looking film, in fact I would dare say it is the most beautiful film Dave has made to this point (although BLONDE HEAVEN aka MORGANA is a close second). The shots of the lethal pendulum in action are breathtaking. / The mood of the film ranges from incredibly (almost hilariously) erotic to genuine suspense to high camp and under the skilled direction of Decoteau it all comes together quite nicely. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Would Hypnosis End the Pain or Fatigue? September 3, 2010
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Edgar Allan Poe's story depicts at least two of the punishments inflicted on a prisoner during the Spanish Inquisition. Despite the title, the only connection this film has with Poe's short story is the presence of a dangerous pendulum.

The film begins with a flashback to a hypnotist, Professor Dimitri Divay (Jason Stuart), experimenting on two children to find a way to remove sensations, like pain and fatigue, in order to achieve life goals.

Thirty years later, an SUV filled with young adults drives up to Highgate Mansion in response to an ad placed by J.B. Divay (Lorielle New), the professor's daughter. The five young men and two young women want help in pursuing various athletic pursuits; J.B. says she can use hypnosis to remove the barriers safely. The young adults unpack and settle in.

There are scenes of (un)dressing, exercising, and sunning by J.B.'s new clients, interspersed with lectures and sales pitches from J.B. Two of the men and the two women develop relationships.

Still, rather rapidly, as individuals disappear, J.B. says they must not have been suited for the program. Groans are heard from afar. Since the SUV won't start, no one can leave the remote mansion. Cell phones are out. The client group gets more alarmed as it shrinks. Who will make it to the end?

There is nothing remarkable about the film, although the photography is good and the story is good enough. The most memorable actor is Lorielle New (J.B.), who projects a smarmy eroticism, although it goes over the top in a shirtless wrestling-match-to-the-death scene. All of the five male clients show skin. The only female who does so is J.B..
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Poe October 5, 2010
First off, aside from a pendulum that's got a blade on it, this has nothing to do with Edgar Allen Poe's work. It's bordering on false advertising to say it is. It might be better to call it the "Dominatrix and Her Pendulum", but you really don't see much of the pendulum. That being said it's a moderately entertaining movie. The acting is so-so, but I think we're mostly supposed to look at the guys doing stuff with their shirts off. Having seen another film by the same director where the shirts off scenes went on too long with guys doing the same thing for the story to have much momentum, this is better. It moves OK. No nudity except for the dominatrix. That made me a little uncomfortable. The "surprise" ending was a hard sell for me, but most of the film requires some pretty intense suspension of disbelief anyway so by the end I was in "whatever" mode. Would love to see a MST3000 take on it, but with a clever friend you could easily add the commentary yourself.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Seen Better Pits July 27, 2010
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Like most ripoffs of Poe's works, the title has little to do with the story. And if you've seen this director's other movies, you already know the plot:

The following morning, "Hey where's good looing buff guy? We were all looking forward to him taking off his shirt or more again!"

"He left last night, without his clothes or car."

"What? He wouldn't leave without us!".

"He couldn't cut it so he left. (Don't even suspect he's been hacked to pieces, or sacrificed to my demon barbie doll, or...). Now forget him and concentrate on what YOU'RE here for."

"Ok, but is it time for me to take my shirt off and flex?"
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
didnt hook me nor did poe write this.
Published 1 month ago by Kristin Teeter
1.0 out of 5 stars this movie sucks
this is just soft porn and not worth time or money save your time and money put it else where this movie gives gay drama etc bad name
Published 7 months ago by ghosthunter phoenix az
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Money and Time
Save your money. Save your time. Save your sanity. The same goes for the House of Usher. The movie was the pits.
Published 10 months ago by mido
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
As a gay remake it's not bad. The story isn't bad and the men are sexy. It's just a little light on gore.
Published 11 months ago by Professor125
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Swing Away
Great homoerotic updated twist on EAP'S classic that once starred VP. I wonder what he would say? I found the plot great, actingw onderful, and the eye candy...mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
Published 13 months ago by Steve Simon
2.0 out of 5 stars Soft gay porn
I only got this because I know Lorielle New and visit her live chat at times but had to fast forward thru the gay soft porn which I did not like
Published 23 months ago by Cosmic Joe
3.0 out of 5 stars A Double Watch
This is a film that you have to watch twice. I would highly suggest that you rent this film first to see if you want to spend your money unless you are a fan of Lorielle New. Read more
Published on August 29, 2010 by St_Clinton
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal Review
"The Pit and the Pendulum" directed by David Decoteau in a very fun movie. It's a thriller based on the Edger Allen Poe short story. Read more
Published on January 29, 2010 by Samuel Basta Jr.
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