Edgar Allan Poe's The Pit And The Pendulum
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First, the setting is the same house used in "House of Usher", though given the ludicrous and misconceived ending of the latter could make some sense given the ending of "Usher" which appeared to be a set up for a sequel. Second, there is no "pit" (except possibly in the minds of this film's characters who might feel that they are stuck in one). The only "pendulum" is, for the most part, and overlapping image of one in a number of scenes until the real one suddenly appears as part of the "grand finale". The real star is Lorielle New as an over the top health/hypnotist and daughter of the previous owner of what was once an asylum. She constantly swings a pocket watch which is supposed to be a symbolic pendulum (I guess) that instantly hypnotises her "patients" (a group of seven dual gender "eye candy") into doing things that prove to be self-destructive. If not, she literally gives them a hand in the process. In one instance, she performs one of the most perverse strip-tease acts ever seen on screen right after dispatching one of her initial patients. All the while, she has her brother tied up on a chair which is never quite explained and the only rationale for it has to do with the film's preposterous ending. Through most of the film we do get Decoteau's overt and subliminal homo-eroticism which mainly comes off as a questionable and laughable tease. In fact, Decoteau's more recent films (the 1313 series) mainly take place in the same house and are less erotic than an underwear commercial (even though he does constantly parade his male contingency around in their underwear).Read more ›
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..Read more ›
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decoteau films are an acquired taste, but I love them. and this one did not disappoint.Published 15 months ago by Thomas V.Castro
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 namePublished on March 12, 2014 by ghosthunter phoenix az
Save your money. Save your time. Save your sanity. The same goes for the House of Usher. The movie was the pits.Published on December 27, 2013 by mido
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 on October 31, 2013 by Professor125
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 on September 17, 2013 by Steve Simon
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 likePublished on November 10, 2012 by Cosmic Joe
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. Read morePublished on October 5, 2010 by Jonathan P. Higgins
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 morePublished on August 29, 2010 by St_Clinton