Movies like Pit and the Pendulum

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Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
 7.1
 11K
Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
Original name: The Pit and the Pendulum
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Francis Barnard goes to Spain, when he hears his sister Elizabeth has died. Her husband Nicholas Medina, the son of the most brutal torturer of the Spanish Inquisition, tells him she has died of a blood disease, but Francis finds this hard to believe. After some investigating he finds out that it was extreme fear that was fatal to his sister and that she may have been buried alive!
Style: atmospheric, gothic, suspenseful, scary, psychological, bleak, serious, suspense, disturbing, dark ...
Plot: gothic horror, insanity, castle, buried alive, spanish inquisition, investigation, vengeance, crimes, religions or cults, danger, haunted by the past, dishonesty, deadly, hidden identity, conspiracy, secret door, gory, rivalry, palaces castles and temples, supernatural, inquisition, torturer, death, torture, adultery ...
Time: 15th century, middle ages, 16th century, 14th century, 1500s
Place: spain, europe

Most similar movies to Pit and the Pendulum

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, atmospheric and scary films with plots about danger, supernatural, deadly, murder, vengeance, gory and blood mostly in Horror, Mystery and Drama genres. Some movies like Pit and the Pendulum: Tales of Terror (1962), The Masque of the Red Death (1964), The Tomb of Ligeia (1964), Session 9 (2001), The Conqueror Worm (1968). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Tales of Terror (1962)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Three stories adapted from the work of Edgar Allen Poe: 1) A man and his daughter are reunited, but the blame for the death of his wife hangs over them, unresolved. 2) A derelict challenges the local wine-tasting champion to a competition, but ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, gothic, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, reincarnation, zombie, ghost, infidelity, extramarital affair, buried alive, supernatural, vengeance, experiment gone awry, danger, afterlife ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Satan-worshiper Prince Prospero invites the local nobility to his castle for protection against an oncoming plague, the Red Death. He orders his guests to attend a masked ball and, amidst an atmosphere of debauchery and depravity, notices the entry ...
Style: gothic, suspenseful, scary, serious, macabre ...
Plot: plague, satanism, murder, village, prince, revenge, satanic ritual, tragic villain, sacrifice, supernatural, good versus evil, mystery ...
Time: middle ages
Place: italy, europe, dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Story about a man haunted by the spirit of his dead wife and her effect on his second marriage.
Style: gothic, atmospheric, scary, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: cat, black cat, obsession, supernatural, mystery, couples, mysterious character, love and romance, dangerous attraction, obsessive quest, curses spells and rituals, deadly ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.4
 50K
Session 9 (2001)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Tensions rise within an asbestos cleaning crew as they work in an abandoned mental hospital with a horrific past that seems to be coming back.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, suspenseful, twists and turns, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental institution, psychology, supernatural, haunted by the past, mind game, mentally unstable, rivalry, murder, transformation, insanity, obsession, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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The Conqueror Worm (1968)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Horror
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: England is torn in civil strife as the Royalists battle the Parliamentary Party for control. This conflict distracts people from rational thought and allows unscrupulous men to gain local power by exploiting village superstitions. One of these men ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Plot: witch hunt, witch, soldier, vengeance, murder, exploitation, danger, clergy, crimes, religions or cults, violence, torture ...
Time: 17th century, 1960s
Place: england, europe, dungeon, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Spirits of the Dead (1968)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Three directors each adapt a Poe short story to the screen: "Toby Dammit" features a disheveled drugged and drunk English movie star who nods acceptance in the Italian press and his producers fawn over him. "Metzengerstein" ...
Style: surreal, stylized, atmospheric, scary, serious ...
Plot: obsession, ghost, destiny, actor's life, haunted by the past, pardon, catholic, ferrari, army, desire, redemption, supernatural ...
Time: middle ages
Place: england, europe, italy, medical school, britain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Haunted Palace (1963)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A warlock burned at the stake comes back and takes over the body of his great grandson to take his revenge on the descendents of the villages that burned him.
Style: gothic, serious, bleak, atmospheric, scary ...
Plot: burned alive, gothic horror, ghost, village, mutant, curse, attempted rape, monster, mansion, possession, murder, revenge ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century
Place: new england, dungeon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.5
 5K
Asylum (1972)
Genre: Horror
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A young psychiatrist applies for a job at a mental asylum, and must pass a test by interviewing four patients. He must figure out which of the patients, is in fact, the doctor that he would be replacing if hired.
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, psychological, macabre, disturbing ...
Plot: objects come to life, murder, supernatural, serial killer, investigation, mad scientist, mind game, danger, haunted by the past, missing person, vengeance, mystery ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Movie in collections
 4.7
 3K
Trauma (2004)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Awaking from a coma to discover his wife has been killed in a car accident, Ben's world may as well have come to an end. A few weeks later, Ben's out of hospital and, attempting to start a new life, he moves home and is befriended by a ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, bleak, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: obsession, crimes, haunted by the past, investigation, mind game, starting over, danger, ghost, psychopath, mysterious character, supernatural, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.9
 5K
The Other (1972)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Chilling and eerie, this supernatural tale of good versus evil coils around twin brothers living with their grandmother in a sleepy rural area during the summer of 1935. After his grandmother encourages Niles to develop what seem to be psychic ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, tense, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, good versus evil, mystery, twins, danger, psychopath, rivalry, countryside, crimes, siblings relations, unlikely criminals, family relations ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: europe, holland, connecticut, usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.7
 9K
The Raven (1963)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A magician who has been turned into a raven turns to a former sorcerer for help in this film loosely based on the Edgar Allen Poe poem.
Style: gothic, humorous, dark humor, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: sorcerer, good versus evil, parody, magician, raven, castle, duel, supernatural, danger, curses spells and rituals, escapades, haunted by the past ...
Place: dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: With the disappearance of hack horror writer Sutter Cane, all Hell is breaking loose...literally! Author Cane, it seems, has a knack for description that really brings his evil creepy-crawlies to life. Insurance investigator John Trent is sent to ...
Style: gothic, surreal, atmospheric, scary, psychological ...
Plot: insanity, disappearance, investigation, paranoia, violence, police brutality, gory, hallucinations, deadly, mental illness, mind game, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new england, new hampshire, europe, england, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Carnival of Souls (1962)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Mary Henry ends up the sole survivor of a fatal car accident through mysterious circumstances. Trying to put the incident behind her, she moves to Utah and takes a job as a church organist. But her fresh start is interrupted by visions of a fiendish ...
Style: atmospheric, gothic, scary, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: ghost, female protagonist, supernatural, haunted by the past, afterlife, supernatural ability, woman in danger, danger, carnival, zombie, supernatural horror, visceral ...
Place: utah, usa, salt lake city utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Kill Baby, Kill (1966)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: Italy
Duration: 85 min.
Story: An 18th century European village is haunted by the ghost of a murderous little girl.
Style: psychological, rough, suspenseful, scary, stylized ...
Plot: ghost, village, investigation, uncover truth, mysterious character, vengeance, haunted by the past, danger, mystery, supernatural, deadly, small town life ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s
Place: romania, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.5
 108K
Oculus (2013)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A woman tries to exonerate her brother's murder conviction by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.
Style: scary, suspenseful, tense, atmospheric, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: haunted house, siblings relations, supernatural, danger, mirror, hallucination, artifact, murder, insanity, demons, ghost, paranormal activity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1955
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Oblong Box (1969)
Genre: Horror
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Aristocrat Julian Markham keeps his disfigured brother, Sir Edward, locked in a tower of his house. Occasionaly Sir Edward escapes and causes havoc around the town.
Style: suspenseful, serious, suspense, bleak, scary
Plot: buried alive, vengeance, obsession, danger, supernatural, crimes, murder, brother brother relationship, witch doctor, disfigurement, monster, curse ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 3.2
 218
The Big Bad (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: As a broken woman obsessed with revenge desperately searches for the monster who destroyed her family, she unexpectedly finds herself in a surreal and frightening world.
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: zombie, witch, werewolf, revenge, rivalry, supernatural, vengeance, obsession, dangerous animal, danger, gory, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.1
 301K
The Ring (2002)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: It sounded like just another urban legend: A videotape filled with nightmarish images, leading to a phone call foretelling the viewer's death in exactly seven days. As a newspaper reporter, Rachel Keller was naturally skeptical of the story, ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, suspense, atmospheric, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: investigation, supernatural, murder, death, ghost, journalist, race against time, life is a bitch, telephone, urban legend, female protagonist, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Movie in collections
Nightmare Castle (1965)
Genre: Horror
Country: Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A woman and her lover are tortured and killed by her sadistic husband. The pair return from the grave to seek vengeance.
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, psychological, gothic, serious ...
Plot: ghost, supernatural, rivalry, infidelity, murder, gothic horror, mad scientist, haunted by the past, vengeance, obsession, experiment gone awry, danger ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.0
 6K
The Terror (1963)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Lieutenant Andre Duvalier has been accidentally separated from his regiment. He is wandering near the coast when he sees a young woman. He asks the road to Coldon, where he hopes to rejoin his regiment. But the woman doesn't answer, ...
Style: gothic, suspenseful, psychological, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: ghost, soldier, haunted by the past, mystery, baron, castle, supernatural, murder, uncover truth, danger, obsession, twists & turns ...
Time: 19th century, 80s
Place: dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Exorcist III (1990)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set fifteen years after the original film, The Exorcist III centers around the philosophical Lieutenant William F. Kinderman who is investigating a baffling series of murders around Georgetown that all contain the hallmarks of The Gemini, a deceased ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, atmospheric, tense, surreal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, police detective, priest, supernatural, death penalty, gory, police investigation, exorcism, danger, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s, year 1998
Place: usa, copenhagen denmark, virginia, washington d.c., india
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism (1967)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: West Germany
Duration: 80 min.
Story: In the Olden Tymes, Count Regula is drawn and quartered for killing twelve virgins in his dungeon torture chamber. Thirty-five years later, he comes back to seek revenge on the daughter of his intended thirteenth victim and the son of his prosecutor ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, stylized ...
Plot: vengeance, snake, heroes, mystery, imaginary, curses spells and rituals, crimes, supernatural, reincarnation, in the woods, palaces castles and temples, rivalry ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.5
 92K
Jacob's Ladder (1990)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A traumatized Vietnam war veteran finds out that his post-war life isn't what he believes it to be when he's attacked by horned creatures in the subway and his dead son comes to visit him...
Style: surprise ending, surreal, psychological, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: paranoia, dealing with death, hallucinations, mind game, nightmare, delusion, heaven and hell, losing-it hero, haunted by the past, dysfunctional character, suffering, tragic event ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: vietnam, new york, usa, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Movie in collections
 6.0
 86K
The Rite (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Hungary, Italy
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue) reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While he’s in Rome, Michael meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who introduces him to the darker side of his faith, ...
Style: scary, atmospheric, suspenseful, bleak, tense ...
Plot: clergy, supernatural, church, good versus evil, curses spells and rituals, teachers and students, vatican, seminary, exorcism, power relations, supernatural ability, catholicism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe, rome italy, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Woman in Black (1989)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When a friendless old widow dies in the seaside town of Crythin, a young solicitor is sent by his firm to settle the estate. The lawyer finds the townspeople reluctant to talk about or go near the woman's dreary home and no one will explain or ...
Style: gothic, suspenseful, psychological, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: gothic horror, ghost, haunted house, supernatural, mysterious character, uncover truth, mystery, afterlife, who done it, haunted by the past, murder, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, edwardian era
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.2
 16K
The Order (2003)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: For centuries, a secret Order of priests has existed within the Church. A renegade priest, Father Alex Bernier, is sent to Rome to investigate the mysterious death of one of the Order's most revered members. Following a series of strangely ...
Style: scary, bleak, serious, mind bending, suspenseful ...
Plot: investigation, murder, catholic church, vatican, mentor protege relationship, priest, supernatural, mystery, uncover truth, deadly, religions or cults, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, jerusalem, rome italy, italy, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
In a Glass Cage (1986)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Spain
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A Nazi doctor who had a fetish for young boys feels guilt after torturing and murdering his latest victim, and throws himself off a roof. Some years later, the doctor, confined to an iron lung, accepts as his nurse a boy who secretly witnessed that ...
Style: bleak, psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, war criminal, murder, sadism, torture, insanity, obsession, psychopath, mind game, haunted by the past, isolation, vengeance ...
Time: 80s
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Carnival of Souls (1998)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Alex Grant is a troubled young woman, 20 years ago, she witnessed her mother get murdered by a carnival clown. She has nightmares of the clown - Louis Seagram. First a kind man then turned bad and also tried to rape Alex's mother. Alex fears ...
Style: psychological, tense, scary, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: carnival, evil clown, vengeance, murder, witnessing a crime, haunted by the past, deadly, slasher, circus, woman in danger, danger, childhood trauma ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.6
 13K
The Entity (1982)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Barbara Hershey stars as Carla Moran, a hard-working single mother until the night she is raped in her bedroom by someone - or something - that she cannot see. Despite skeptical psychiatrists, she is repeatedly attacked in her car, in the bath, and ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, scary, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rape, supernatural, sexual abuse, single parent, invisibility, good versus evil, ghost, vengeance, serial killer, nobody believes, psychopath, deadly ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (2005)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Remake of Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1920). Shot entirely on green screen. Some exact shots from the 1920 film were superimposed to properly replicate the original. Francis relates the story of traveling magician Dr. Caligari and Cesare. Their ...
Style: gothic, atmospheric, serious, mind bending, suspenseful ...
Plot: supernatural ability, protagonist as suspect, manipulations, supernatural, investigation, serial killer, police detective, rivalry, crimes, mystery, danger, hypnosis ...
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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