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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, gothic, atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, twist ending, psychological, bleak, serious, suspense ...
Plot: spanish inquisition, castle, insanity, buried alive, investigation, vengeance, crimes, religions or cults, hidden identity, haunted by the past, dishonesty, conspiracy, iron maiden, rivalry, supernatural, inquisition, torturer, death, torture, adultery, cult, murder, betrayal, doctor, lie ...
Time: middle ages, 15th century, 16th century, 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, scary, serious and atmospheric films with plots about supernatural, danger, murder, vengeance, death, deadly and brutality mostly in Horror, Drama and Mystery genres. Some movies like Pit and the Pendulum: The Masque of the Red Death (1964), Rosemary's Baby (1968), Tales of Terror (1962), The Raven (1963), The Tomb of Ligeia (1964). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
Genre: Drama, 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, revenge, sacrifice, tragic villain, supernatural, good versus evil, mystery, devil worship, satanic ritual ...
Time: middle ages
Place: italy, europe
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95%
 8.0
 210K
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, evil wins, supernatural ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1966, year 1965
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, 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, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, reincarnation, zombie, ghost, afterlife, infidelity, supernatural, hypnotist, vengeance, experiment gone awry, family problems, mystery ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 6.5
 12K
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, raven, haunted by the past, presumed dead, wizards ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, scary ...
Plot: inquisition, spanish inquisition, dungeon, witch, heretic, religions or cults, woman in danger, supernatural, clergy, good versus evil, mental illness, crimes ...
Time: 15th century, middle ages
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, serious ...
Plot: hypnosis, black cat, cat, obsession, supernatural, ghost, mystery, obsessive quest, mysterious character, love and romance, couples, honeymoon ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 6.4
 58K
Session 9 (2001)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 97 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, lobotomy, supernatural, haunted by the past, mind game, mentally unstable, rivalry, insanity, murder, mental illness, transformation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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, suspenseful ...
Plot: burned alive, dungeon, afterlife, curse, ghost, monster, mutant, village, murder, mansion, supernatural ability, dealing with death ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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The Messengers (2007)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When the Solomons trade in the craziness of big-city life for the quiet of a North Dakota farm, little do they expect the nightmare that follows. Soon after arriving, teenage Jess (Kristen Stewart) and her younger brother see terrifying apparitions ...
Style: scary, psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: haunted house, ghost, supernatural, murder, countryside, death threat, family in danger, haunted by the past, uncover truth, mystery, teenage life, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: north dakota, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 3.0
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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, serious, surreal, scary, atmospheric ...
Plot: zombie, revenge, werewolf, witch, mystery, obsession, rivalry, crimes, supernatural, riddles and clues, vengeance, survival ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, atmospheric, psychotronic, scary, psychological ...
Plot: ghost, afterlife, female protagonist, supernatural, haunted by the past, supernatural ability, woman in danger, carnival, zombie, supernatural horror, car accident, organ ...
Place: utah, usa, salt lake city utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.2
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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, family relations, uncover truth, haunted by the past, siblings relations, mentally unstable, betrayal ...
Time: 90s, 1920s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
The Conqueror Worm (1968)
Genre: Drama, History, Horror
Country: UK
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: inquisition, witch hunt, soldier, vengeance, murder, religions or cults, crimes, clergy, witch, violence, rape, priest ...
Time: 17th century, 60s
Place: england, europe, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.8
 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, siblings relations, countryside, graphic violence, crimes, unlikely criminals, rivalry, psychopath, family relations ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: holland, connecticut, usa, europe, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Sauna (2008)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Finland, Czech Republic
Duration: 83 min.
Story: It is 1595. Brutal wars have just ended in an uneasy peace between Protestant Sweden and Orthodox Russia. We focus on the spiritual defeats of two conquered Finnish brothers, one a hardened near-psychopathic war hero, the other a gentle scientist in ...
Style: scary, atmospheric, suspenseful, gothic horror, twists and turns ...
Plot: ghost, redemption, village, supernatural, haunted by the past, curses spells and rituals, swamp, guilt, post war, dark secret, russian, religious differences ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages
Place: finland, europe, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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: vengeance, obsession, buried alive, crimes, supernatural, curse, murder, brother brother relationship, disfigurement, monster, murderer, witch doctor ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1860s, year 1865
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Stonehearst Asylum (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A Harvard Medical School graduate takes a position at a mental institution and soon becomes obsessed with a female mental patient, but he has no idea of a recent and horrifying staffing change.
Style: twist ending, twists and turns, gothic, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, mental patient, psychiatrist, insanity, doctors and patients, doctors, uncover truth, torture, escape, love, medical school ...
Time: 19th century, year 1900
Place: england, usa, tuscany, london
⇓ 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, pardon, actor's life, ghost, destiny, haunted by the past, card playing, catholic, desire, army, redemption, supernatural ...
Time: middle ages
Place: rome italy, europe, england, italy, britain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Nightmare Castle (1965)
Genre: Horror
Country: Italy
Duration: 90 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, atmospheric, psychological, gothic ...
Plot: supernatural, ghost, murder, infidelity, rivalry, mad scientist, possessed woman, vengeance, experiment gone awry, obsession, haunted by the past, sibling relationship ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, 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, atmospheric, neo noir, psychological, surreal ...
Plot: insanity, hallucination, disappearance, investigation, paranoia, police brutality, mind game, mental illness, apocalypse, monster, small town, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new england, new hampshire, england, europe, new york ...
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57%
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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, starting over, haunted by the past, parents and children, supernatural, family relations, single parent, imaginary friend, mother daughter relationship, drowning, elevator ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 70s, year 1974
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, seattle, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 5.5
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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, amateur detective, workplace situations, escapades, partners, survival, paranormal, fear ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new england, usa, connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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The Canal (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Film archivist David and his wife are perfectly happy or so he believes. When a looming secret shatters their marriage at the same time as a turn-of-the-century film reel he is studying reveals their house to be the site of a 1902 multiple-murder, ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, atmospheric, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: supernatural, ghost, haunted house, protagonist as suspect, murder, violence, husband wife relationship, investigation, mystery, obsession, haunted, family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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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, twists and turns ...
Plot: ghost, haunted house, woman in danger, haunted by the past, adultery, couple relations, infidelity, supernatural horror, dishonesty, losing-it hero, spiritualism, seance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: vermont, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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, good versus evil, woman in danger, crucifix, stalking, vengeance, zombie, supernatural, supernatural ability, escapades, obsessive quest, hidden identity ...
Time: 19th century, 70s, 1920s
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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, atmospheric, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: afterlife, supernatural, ghost, haunted house, uncover truth, mysterious character, mystery, who done it, murder, haunted by the past, small town life, funeral ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, edwardian era
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Kill Baby, Kill (1966)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: Italy
Duration: 83 min.
Story: An 18th century European village is haunted by the ghost of a murderous little girl.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, rough, scary, serious ...
Plot: ghost, village, investigation, uncover truth, haunted by the past, vengeance, mysterious character, mystery, supernatural, woman in danger, curses spells and rituals, small town life ...
Time: 20th century
Place: europe, romania
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 5.9
 9K
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: freak, haunted by the past, death, castle, parents and children, basement, cannibalism, prostitute, captive, brutality, voyeurism, blind girl ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.4
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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, disturbing, scary ...
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 ⇓
54%
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, suspenseful, atmospheric, surreal, serious ...
Plot: mad scientist, serial killer, crimes, supernatural ability, mystery, wizards and magicians, manipulation, rivalry, police detective, investigation, hypnosis, woman in danger ...
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%