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Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
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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: gothic horror, atmospheric, gothic, suspenseful, scary, twist ending, psychological, bleak, serious, suspense ...
Plot: spanish inquisition, castle, buried alive, insanity, investigation, vengeance, crimes, religions or cults, danger, haunted by the past, dishonesty, deadly, hidden identity, conspiracy, iron maiden, secret door, gory, rivalry, palaces castles and temples, supernatural, inquisition, torturer, death, torture, adultery ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century, middle ages, 14th century, 1500s
Place: spain, europe

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Most similar movies to Pit and the Pendulum

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, scary and atmospheric films with plots about supernatural, danger, murder, death, vengeance, deadly and gory mostly in Horror, Mystery and Drama genres. Some movies like Pit and the Pendulum: Rosemary's Baby (1968), Tales of Terror (1962), The Raven (1963), The Masque of the Red Death (1964), The Tomb of Ligeia (1964). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A young couple moves into an infamous New York apartment building to start a family. Things become frightening as Rosemary begins to suspect her unborn baby isn't safe around their strange neighbors.
Style: surreal, psychological, gothic, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: satanic cult, losing-it hero, mystery, witch, devil, mind game, hallucination, woman in danger, pregnancy, demonic possession, supernatural, dreams ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1966, year 1965
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, manhattan, new york city, vatican
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100%
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: scary, suspenseful, gothic, anthology, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, reincarnation, zombie, ghost, infidelity, supernatural, hypnotist, vengeance, experiment gone awry, family problems, danger, mystery ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
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92%
 6.6
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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, parody, humorous, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: sorcerer, good versus evil, magician, castle, duel, supernatural, curses spells and rituals, escapades, danger, raven, haunted by the past, presumed dead ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
Genre: Horror
Country: UK, USA
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, scary, suspenseful, serious, macabre ...
Plot: plague, satanism, murder, village, prince, revenge, tragic villain, sacrifice, supernatural, good versus evil, mystery, deadly ...
Time: middle ages
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, 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, mind bending ...
Plot: hypnosis, black cat, cat, obsession, supernatural, ghost, mystery, love and romance, danger, obsessive quest, mysterious character, deadly ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
The Pit and the Pendulum (1991)
Genre: Horror, Romance
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Set during the height of Spanish Inquisition. The beautiful and kind-hearted Maria is arrested as a witch when she inadvertently cries out in horror at the public whipping of a child. As Maria’s husband Antonio tries to save her, Torquemada, the ...
Style: gothic, serious, suspenseful, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: spanish inquisition, inquisition, dungeon, witch, religions or cults, woman in danger, good versus evil, danger, clergy, supernatural, heretic, rivalry ...
Time: 15th century, middle ages, 1400s
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 horror, gothic, tense, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: burned alive, ghost, monster, mutant, village, murder, mansion, curse, dungeon, supernatural ability, imaginary, palaces castles and temples ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 6.4
 55K
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: psychological, twist ending, atmospheric, twists and turns, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: psychology, mental institution, hazmat suit, supernatural, haunted by the past, mind game, mentally unstable, rivalry, lobotomy, murder, transformation, insanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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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, inquisition, soldier, vengeance, murder, religions or cults, clergy, danger, crimes, witch, violence, rape ...
Time: 17th century, 1960s, 60s
Place: england, europe, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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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, bleak, atmospheric, serious, scary ...
Plot: zombie, revenge, witch, werewolf, mystery, danger, obsession, crimes, supernatural, deadly, rivalry, gory ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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: gothic, cult film, atmospheric, psychotronic, scary ...
Plot: ghost, female protagonist, supernatural, afterlife, haunted by the past, supernatural ability, danger, woman in danger, carnival, zombie, supernatural horror, car accident ...
Place: utah, usa, salt lake city utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 6.2
 6K
Haunted (1995)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Professor David Ash exposes false spiritulists and mediums. He is invited to Edbrook to resolve the fears and torments within its secretive family. Soon after arriving Ash begins to doubt his own senses, and watching the strange behaviour of its ...
Style: psychological, scary, gothic, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: ghost, supernatural, murder, nanny, haunted house, mystery, uncover truth, family relations, siblings relations, haunted by the past, deadly, mentally unstable ...
Time: 90s, 1920s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.9
 6K
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, twins, good versus evil, mystery, countryside, psychopath, family relations, graphic violence, rivalry, danger, unlikely criminals, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: europe, connecticut, holland, usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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, bleak, suspense, slasher ...
Plot: obsession, danger, vengeance, buried alive, supernatural, crimes, murder, brother brother relationship, disfigurement, monster, curse, murderer ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, year 1865, victorian era
Place: africa
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65%
 5.6
 60K
Dark Water (2005)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Dahlia Williams and her daughter Cecelia move into a rundown apartment on New York's Roosevelt Island. She is currently in midst of divorce proceedings and the apartment, though near an excellent school for her daughter, is all she can afford. ...
Style: psychological, scary, suspenseful, suspense, stylized ...
Plot: ghost, divorce, danger, starting over, haunted by the past, parents and children, supernatural, imaginary friend, elevator, drowning, teacher, apartment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1974, 2000s, 70s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, manhattan, new york city, seattle ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, neo noir, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: lovecraftian, insanity, hallucination, disappearance, investigation, paranoia, h.p. lovecraft, police brutality, violence, gory, mental illness, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new england, new hampshire, europe, england, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, destiny, haunted by the past, ghost, actor's life, pardon, ferrari, army, desire, catholic, redemption, supernatural ...
Time: middle ages
Place: rome italy, europe, england, britain, italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.1
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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, atmospheric, twists and turns, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, investigation, ghost, curse, race against time, life is a bitch, paranormal phenomena, murder, parents and children, uncover truth, crimes, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle washington, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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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: gothic horror, suspenseful, psychological, atmospheric, gothic ...
Plot: supernatural, ghost, rivalry, murder, infidelity, mad scientist, possessed woman, experiment gone awry, obsession, vengeance, haunted by the past, danger ...
Time: 60s
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62%
 5.3
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Bruiser (2000)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: France, Canada, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Bruiser is the story of a man who has always tried to fit in. He keeps his mouth shut, follows the rules, and does what he's supposed to do. But one morning, he wakes up to find his face is gone. All the years of acquiescence have cost him the ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, tense, gloomy ...
Plot: murder, investigation, revenge, infidelity, mask, maid, hidden identity, deadly, haunted by the past, masked killer, betrayal, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s
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62%
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The Witch (2015)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In 1630s New England, William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life with five children, homesteading on the edge of an impassable wilderness, exiled from their settlement when William defies the local church. When their newborn son vanishes and ...
Style: dark, atmospheric, suspenseful, gothic, scary ...
Plot: witch, supernatural, witchcraft, wilderness, family relations, religion, curses spells and rituals, parents and children, family in danger, imaginary, black magic, guilt ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: new england, usa, new hampshire
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62%
 5.5
 33K
The Innkeepers (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: During the final days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two employees determined to reveal the hotel's haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in for a stay.
Style: suspenseful, scary, atmospheric, tense, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, hotel, ghost, paranormal activity, workplace, whispering, amateur detective, survival, workplace situations, escapades, danger, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new england, usa, connecticut
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61%
Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
Genre: Horror
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Whilst vacationing in the Carpathian Mountain, two couples stumble across the remains of Count Dracula's castle. The Count's trusted servant kills one of the men, suspending the body over the Count's ashes so that the blood drips from ...
Style: gothic horror, gothic, suspenseful, scary, atmospheric ...
Plot: vampire, woman in danger, good versus evil, crucifix, stalking, vengeance, zombie, supernatural, supernatural ability, imaginary, deadly, obsessive quest ...
Time: 19th century, 70s, 1920s
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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What Lies Beneath (2000)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: When Claire Spencer starts hearing ghostly voices and seeing spooky images, she wonders if an otherworldly spirit is trying to contact her. All the while, her husband tries to reassure her by telling her it's all in her head. But as Claire ...
Style: suspense, surprise ending, suspenseful, twist ending, atmospheric ...
Plot: ghost, haunted house, supernatural horror, woman in danger, couple relations, adultery, infidelity, haunted by the past, dishonesty, danger, losing-it hero, spiritualism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: vermont, usa, boston
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60%
The Woman in Black (1989)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 102 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 horror, gothic, psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: supernatural, ghost, haunted house, mysterious character, mystery, uncover truth, afterlife, danger, murder, haunted by the past, who done it, small town life ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s, edwardian era
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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, serious ...
Plot: ghost, village, uncover truth, investigation, mysterious character, haunted by the past, vengeance, mystery, danger, supernatural, supernatural ability, gory ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s
Place: europe, romania
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.5
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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: psychological, atmospheric, suspenseful, anthology, disturbing ...
Plot: mental institution, objects come to life, murder, supernatural, serial killer, investigation, mad scientist, mind game, vengeance, missing person, haunted by the past, mystery ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Ju-on: The Curse (2000)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 70 min.
Story: A teacher visits the house of one of his students after the boy goes missing, only to have a horrifying excuse for his absence from school.
Style: scary, suspenseful, atmospheric, psychological, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: haunted house, curse, murder, ghost, fear, grudge, supernatural, afterlife, mystery, danger, investigation, missing child ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.0
 7K
Castle Freak (1995)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: John has inherited a castle and Italy and he moves there with his wife Susan and their blind daughter Rebecca. What they don't realize is that there is somebody else in the castle. An abused child left to die in the basement who has now become ...
Style: scary, rough, suspenseful, slasher, macabre ...
Plot: haunted by the past, death, gory, freak, danger, castle, parents and children, basement, cellar, cannibalism, prostitute, captive ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, italy
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59%
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Dark Waters (1993)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: Russia, UK, Ukraine, Italy
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A girl travels to an island, after the death of her father, to find out why the father funded a monestary on the island.
Style: gothic, bleak, suspenseful, surreal, mind bending ...
Plot: convent, island, amateur detective, supernatural, isolation, friendship, woman in danger, mystery, unlikely criminals, mentally unstable, clergy, good versus evil ...
Time: 90s
Place: ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%