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The Pit and the Pendulum (1991)
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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 Grand Inquisitor, determines to punish Maria with torture for the desire she inflames in him. Loosely based on Edgar Allen Poe's classic short story.
Style: gothic, bleak, serious, suspenseful, psychotronic, sexy, macabre, scary, atmospheric, cult film
Plot: inquisition, spanish inquisition, heretic, witch, dungeon, supernatural, good versus evil, clergy, woman in danger, religions or cults, curse, self flagellation, burned at the stake, religious fanaticism, monster, ancient, haunted house, torture chamber, heroes, crimes, mental illness, escapades, rivalry, medieval, chess ...
Time: 15th century, middle ages, 1400s
Place: spain, europe

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Most similar movies to The Pit and the Pendulum

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out scary, suspenseful, serious and gothic films with plots about danger, supernatural, deadly, murder, gory, vengeance and blood mostly in Horror, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like The Pit and the Pendulum: The Horror Show (1989), The Masque of the Red Death (1964), Scars of Dracula (1970), Near Dark (1987), The Haunted Palace (1963). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
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 ...
Style: gothic horror, gothic, scary, suspense, twist ending ...
Plot: spanish inquisition, insanity, castle, investigation, vengeance, conspiracy, buried alive, crimes, religions or cults, dishonesty, hidden identity, haunted by the past ...
Time: middle ages, 15th century, 16th century, 14th century
Place: spain, europe
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The Horror Show (1989)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Detective Lucas McCarthy finally apprehends "Meat Cleaver Max" and watches the electric chair execution from the audience. But killing Max Jenke only elevated him to another level of reality. Now Lucas' family is under attack, his ...
Style: slasher, scary, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, female nudity, haunted house, monster, electric chair, vengeance, violence spree, supernatural romance, murder, afterlife, psychopath, supernatural ability ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, scary, surreal, suspense, macabre ...
Plot: supernatural, murder, satanism, medieval, revenge, plague, good versus evil, mystery, life & death, brutality, village, tragic villain ...
Time: middle ages
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Scars of Dracula (1970)
Genre: Horror
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The Prince of Darkness casts his undead shadow once more over the cursed village of Kleinenberg when his ashes are splashed with bat's blood and Dracula is resurrected. And two innocent victims search for a missing loved one... loved to death ...
Style: gothic, rough, suspenseful, scary, serious ...
Plot: dracula, vampire, supernatural, good versus evil, murder, castle, priest, village, supernatural ability, curses spells and rituals, woman in danger, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Near Dark (1987)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A mid-western farm boy reluctantly becomes a member of the undead when a girl he meets turns out to be part of a band of southern vampires who roam the highways in stolen cars.
Style: scary, gothic, road movie, tense, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: vampire, supernatural, hitchhiker, immortality, gang, small town, femme fatale, motel, child vampire, farm, transformation, violence ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: oklahoma, austin texas, usa, texas, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge (1989)
Genre: Horror, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Eric owns a huge house and some greedy people want to build a mall over it. So they get someone to burn down his house. Eric is badly burned but not dead, and a year later the mall opens. What they don't realise is that Eric is living ...
Style: slasher, suspenseful, scary, captivating, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: shopping mall, ghost, burned alive, vengeance, crimes, haunted by the past, woman in danger, stalking, murder, serial killer, teenager, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: afterlife, mansion, curse, burned alive, dungeon, monster, ghost, murder, mutant, village, supernatural ability, warlock ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Baron Blood (1972)
Genre: Horror
Country: Italy, West Germany, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young man, Peter, returns to Austria in search of his heritage. There he visits the castle of an ancestor, a sadistic Baron who was cursed to a violent death by a witch whom the Baron had burned at the stake. Peter reads aloud the incantation that ...
Style: gothic horror, gothic, slasher, scary, rough ...
Plot: afterlife, ghost, supernatural, witchcraft, good versus evil, chase, hotel, murder, investigation, hanging, curse, castle ...
Time: contemporary, 15th century, 70s
Place: austria, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Movie in collections
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Pumpkinhead (1988)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A man conjures up a gigantic vengeance demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy the teenagers who accidentally killed his son.
Style: slasher, scary, suspense, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: demon, vengeance, supernatural, monster, murder, revenge, witch, pumpkin, father son relationship, halloween, visceral, death in the family ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Immortally Yours (2009)
Genre: Horror, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A coven of Sexy, modern Day vampires ravage the American Midwest with the thirst for blood, while a romantic twist puts the vampires at odds among themselves and with the murderous Illuminati that seek to gain their immortality.
Style: captivating, tense, psychological, suspense, scary ...
Plot: vampire, supernatural, murder, couples, dangerous attraction, good versus evil, rivalry, small town, romance, fall in love, crimes, social relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Black Cat (1981)
Genre: Horror
Country: Italy
Duration: 92 min.
Story: An American photographer (Mimsy Farmer) and a Scotland Yard inspector (David Warbeck) suspect a man's (Patrick Magee) cat of murder.
Style: gothic, slasher, mind bending, serious, psychological ...
Plot: supernatural, psychic, black cat, ghost, murder, village, mind game, mysterious character, mystery, uncover truth, supernatural ability, dangerous animal ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Dolls (1986)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 77 min.
Story: A group of people stop by a mansion during a storm and discover two magical toy makers, and their haunted collection of dolls.
Style: scary, macabre, slasher, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: doll, evil doll, supernatural, youth, objects come to life, toys, stranded, ghost, toy maker, house, couple relations, monster ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Daughter of Darkness (1990)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An atmospheric, sub-hallucinogenic venture into the world of the unknown. The enigma facing a young woman is the identity of her father. Unfortunately for her, she becomes drawn into a small Romanian underworld of brooding menace, darkness, torture ...
Style: gothic, scary, serious, suspenseful, atmospheric
Plot: vampire, dream, child in peril, silly humor, supernatural romance, fish out of water, haunted by the past, reincarnation, woman in danger, destiny, legends and myths, riddles and clues ...
Time: middle ages, year 1989
Place: romania, hungary, bucharest, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, supernatural, female vampire, dracula, vengeance, zombie, monster, crucifix, good versus evil, woman in danger, stalking, supernatural ability ...
Time: 70s, 19th century, 1920s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Two Evil Eyes (1990)
Genre: Horror
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Two horror segments based on Edgar Allan Poe stories set in and around the city of Pittsburgh. "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" concerns a cheating wife who is trying to scam her dying husband out of millions by having her ...
Style: gothic, macabre, slasher, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: zombie, bdsm, greed, murder, ghost, serial killer, crimes, supernatural, spirit, torture, revenge, death ...
Time: 80s, year 1989
Place: america, new york, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: suspense, suspenseful, serious, scary, bleak ...
Plot: curse, vengeance, obsession, crimes, supernatural, buried alive, serial killer, brother brother relationship, monster, murderer, female nudity, disfigurement ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, victorian era, year 1865
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Final Conflict (1981)
Genre: Horror
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Damien Thorn (Sam Neill) has helped rescue the world from a recession, appearing to be a benign corporate benefactor. When he then becomes U.S. Ambassador to England, Damien fulfills a terrifying biblical prophecy. He also faces his own potential ...
Style: macabre, scary, bloody, intense, visually appealing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: antichrist, devil, supernatural, ambassador, rottweiler, omen, 666, villain played by lead actor, genocide, evil, priest, stabbed in the back ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: london, israel, england, scotland, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Inquisition (1977)
Genre: Horror
Country: Spain
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Period piece set during the Inquisition about a witch-finder general who falls in love with the village beauty, who has made a pact with the devil to seduce and condemn the man who is killing off Satan's servants.
Style: gothic, scary, sexy, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: spanish inquisition, devil, devil worship, medieval, village, witchcraft, inquisition, heresy, satanism, torture, revenge, death ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Black Sabbath (1963)
Genre: Horror
Country: Italy, France, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Three short tales of supernatural horror. In “The Telephone,” a woman is plagued by threatening phone calls. In "The Wurdalak,” a family is preyed upon by vampiric monsters. In “The Drop of Water,” a deceased medium wreaks havoc on ...
Style: gothic, scary, atmospheric, disturbing, macabre ...
Plot: vampire, murder, supernatural, vengeance, afterlife, family in danger, lesbian subtext, ghost, visceral, destiny, woman in danger, revenge ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Prime Evil (1988)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A coven of devil-worshiping monks living in New York City search for victims for their sacrificial ceremonies.
Style: slasher, satanic, serious, scary, gothic ...
Plot: satanism, christmas, female nudity, erotica, monster, supernatural, prostitute, church, devil, satan, disaster, sexual content ...
Time: 16th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Life Blood (2009)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Forty years ago a supernatural force vanquished Brooke and Rhea, a sexy lipstick lesbian couple, after they committed an inconceivable murder. Now, on New Year's Eve, they'll rise from the dead. Still hot and still a couple, they're ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, rough, bleak ...
Plot: murder, lesbian relationship, vampire, supernatural, clergy, crimes, tv show, good versus evil, lesbian, new year, lgbt, small town ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Headless Horseman (2007)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA, Romania
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Seven college kids take a shortcut on their way to a party and unfortunately end up in Wormwood – a "lost" town in the middle of nowhere. They find something strange and sinister happening there – bones and weird decorations line Main ...
Style: gothic, serious, suspenseful, scary
Plot: serial killer, survival, ghost, supernatural, crimes, vengeance, legends and myths, woman in danger, teenage boy, human sacrifice, murder, teenage girl ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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The Sentinel (1977)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A commitment-shy New York fashion model moves into an old brownstone apartment, meets her weird neighbours and discovers she’s sitting on the gateway to Hell.
Style: scary, gothic, suspenseful, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: ghost, supernatural, demon, haunted house, occult, investigation, woman in danger, murder, hell, model, devil, suicide ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, italy, new york, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Inferno (1980)
Genre: Horror
Country: Italy
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A young man returns from Rome to his sister's satanic New York apartment house.
Style: psychological, scary, slasher, dark, suspenseful ...
Plot: witch, supernatural, riddles and clues, amateur detective, mystery, supernatural ability, woman in danger, killing an animal, dead animal, siblings relations, death, murder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: rome italy, italy, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Boogey Man (1980)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: A young girl witnesses her brother murder a man through a reflection in a mirror. Twenty years later the mirror is shattered, freeing his evil spirit, which seeks revenge for his death.
Style: slasher, suspenseful, scary, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: vengeance, murder, childhood trauma, supernatural, fear, ghost, psychiatrist, nightmare, curse, abusive mother, haunted by the past, family in danger ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Curse of the Devil (1973)
Genre: Horror
Country: Spain, Mexico
Duration: 73 min.
Story: The great inquisitor Ireneus Daninsky has Countess Bathory burned alive and her female followers hanged. Before perishing in the flames the countess puts a curse on Daninsky and his descendants. Four centuries later, Waldemar Daninsky accidentally ...
Style: serious, scary, suspenseful, satanic, psychotronic ...
Plot: werewolf, forest, witch, monster, devil, escaped killer, crazy, lycanthropy, curse, gypsy, blind woman, superstition ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Suspiria (1977)
Genre: Horror
Country: Italy
Duration: 92 min.
Story: From the moment she arrives in Freiberg, Germany, to attend the prestigious Tans Academy, American ballet-dancer Suzy Bannion senses that something horribly evil lurks within the walls of the age-old institution.
Style: surreal, gothic, scary, satanic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: witch, coven, ballet school, supernatural, lesbian subtext, murder, dancer's life, brutality, serial killer, serial murder, boarding school, occult ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1977
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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The Church (1989)
Genre: Horror
Country: Italy
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In medieval Europe, crusading knights massacre a village full of suspected devil worshipers and build a large Gothic church above the cursed remains. It is now present day, and this elaborate cathedral still stands. But when its sealed crypt is ...
Style: atmospheric, gothic, macabre, surreal, sexy ...
Plot: church, demon, supernatural, devil, death, religion, massacre, ghost, monster, zombie, witchcraft, witch ...
Time: 70s, 13th century, middle ages
Place: germany, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Dracula (1979)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Romanticized adaptation of Bram Stoker's 1897 classic. Set in 1913 England, the bloodsucking, but handsome, charming and seductive, Count Dracula seeks an immortal bride.
Style: gothic, macabre, gothic horror, atmospheric, scary ...
Plot: vampire, dracula, supernatural, vampire human love, monster, immortality, visceral, countryside, betrayal, greed, gangsters, female vampire ...
Time: 19th century, 1920s, 1910s, edwardian era, victorian era
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Child of Darkness, Child of Light (1991)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A Catholic priest is sent to investigate reports of two virgin conceptions. One is about to give birth to the child of God and the other is the child of the Devil and he must decide which one is good and which one is evil before Satan's ...
Style: gothic, suspenseful, scary, mind bending, serious
Plot: pregnancy, good versus evil, religions or cults, apocalypse, rivalry, supernatural, curses spells and rituals, priest, investigation, antichrist, clergy, religious ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%