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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, scary, atmospheric, bleak, serious, suspenseful
Plot: spanish inquisition, witch, heretic, crimes, supernatural, heroes, clergy, religions or cults, mental illness, good versus evil, danger, escapades, deadly, rivalry, woman in danger, inquisition, torture chamber, sexuality, rape, thief, spider, devil, religion, violence, female nudity ...
Time: 15th century, middle ages, 1400s
Place: dungeon, 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 suspenseful, serious, scary and gothic films with plots about danger, supernatural, deadly, murder, gory, rivalry and vengeance mostly in Horror, Romance and Fantasy genres. Some movies like The Pit and the Pendulum: The Haunted Palace (1963), Scars of Dracula (1970), The Masque of the Red Death (1964), Pumpkinhead (1988), Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972). 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: atmospheric, gothic, suspenseful, scary, psychological ...
Plot: gothic horror, insanity, castle, spanish inquisition, buried alive, investigation, vengeance, crimes, religions or cults, deadly, dishonesty, danger ...
Time: 15th century, middle ages, 16th century, 14th century, 1500s
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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 ⇓
82%
Scars of Dracula (1970)
Genre: Horror
Country: UK
Duration: 96 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: serious, bleak, rough, gothic, suspenseful ...
Plot: vampire, village, good versus evil, priest, torture, coffin, blood, castle, crucifix, dismemberment, bite mark, dracula ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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 ⇓
72%
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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: scary, rough, suspenseful, serious, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, vengeance, supernatural, pumpkin, evil, demon, slasher, danger, deadly, death in the family, crimes, supernatural ability ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972)
Genre: Horror
Country: Spain, Portugal
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In the thirteenth century, the region around the city of Berzano was ruled by a legion of Templar Knights, who sought eternal life through the ingestion of human blood. They terrorized the region by harvesting the land and committing human ...
Style: atmospheric, rough, serious, scary, suspenseful ...
Plot: zombie, evil, knight, escapades, couple relations, chases and races, ancient mystery, chaos and mayhem, deadly, couples, gory, village ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: spain, europe, portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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: atmospheric, serious, gothic, scary, suspenseful
Plot: vampire, dream, curses spells and rituals, imaginary, supernatural ability, experiment gone awry, riddles and clues, afterlife, danger, woman in danger, mad scientist, haunted by the past ...
Time: middle ages, year 1989
Place: romania, hungary, dungeon, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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Dracula (1979)
Genre: 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, atmospheric, scary, stylized, serious ...
Plot: vampire, vampire human love, countryside, village, dracula, gothic horror, supernatural, heroes, escapades, imaginary, village life, palaces castles and temples ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1920s
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA, Romania
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Pinhead returns to terrorize computer hackers who have opened a virtual Lament Configuration on the website Hellworld.com.
Style: serious, scary, suspenseful, surprise ending
Audience: teens
Plot: youth, party, deadly, gory, rivalry, ghost, vengeance, afterlife, danger, supernatural, chaos, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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: serious, rough, scary, suspenseful
Plot: electric chair, serial killer, slasher, danger, afterlife, gory, master criminal, deadly, supernatural romance, rivalry, zombie, vengeance ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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: scary, bleak, serious, rough, futuristic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: apocalypse, supernatural, good versus evil, fox hunt, demon, ambassador, gory, escapades, curses spells and rituals, heroic mission, heroes, warning ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, scotland, england, israel, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Baron Blood (1972)
Genre: Horror
Country: Italy, West Germany, Austria
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: rough, scary, suspenseful, serious, gothic ...
Plot: supernatural, ghost, gothic horror, good versus evil, murder, hotel, slasher, deadly, investigation, palaces castles and temples, afterlife, supernatural ability ...
Time: contemporary, 15th century
Place: austria, europe, dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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: serious, suspenseful, scary
Plot: vampire, murder, imaginary, teenage life, dangerous attraction, heroes, deadly creature, small town, good versus evil, supernatural, rivalry, social relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: scary, suspenseful, semi serious
Plot: chase, rivalry, shopping mall, haunted by the past, deadly, gory, danger, woman in danger, stalking, vengeance, burned alive, ghost ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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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, scary, bleak, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: church, supernatural, ghost, massacre, secret, demon, gory, zombie, good versus evil, mystery, mysterious character, mischievous children ...
Time: middle ages
Place: germany, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Black Sabbath (1963)
Genre: Horror
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 92 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: serious, atmospheric, gothic, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: vampire, murder, family in danger, destiny, supernatural, afterlife, vengeance, woman in danger, good versus evil, ghost, strangulation, anthology ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: russia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Curse of the Devil (1973)
Genre: Horror
Country: Spain, Mexico
Duration: 81 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: suspenseful, scary, serious, satanic
Plot: rock, burned alive, curse, superstition, blood, horse, forest, werewolf, blind woman, love, gypsy, supernatural ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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 8K
Dolls (1987)
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, suspenseful, tense, macabre, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, objects come to life, toy, doll, toy maker, surrealism, danger, youth, couple relations, golden years, evil doll, stranded ...
Time: 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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 6.5
 204K
Silent Hill (2006)
Genre: Horror
Country: Canada, France, Japan, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The eerie and deserted ghost town of Silent Hill draws a young mother desperate to find a cure for her only child's illness. Unable to accept the doctor's diagnosis that her daughter should be permanently institutionalized for psychiatric ...
Style: scary, surreal, suspenseful, dark, gothic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, monster, survival, evil, insanity, suffering, missing child, revenge, torture, mysterious place, burned alive, good versus evil ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, west virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 1K
Meridian (1990)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Catherine Bomarzini returns to the family castle in Italy after her father's death and gets caught in the web of a mysterious love triangle: a man who is at times repulsive, at others enchanting; and a creature of the night whose gentle eyes ...
Style: gothic, sexy, atmospheric, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: curse, ghost, castle, monster, woman in danger, supernatural, destiny, fall in love, mystery, dangerous attraction, love triangle, human becomes animal ...
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 1K
Demon Hunter (2005)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: After resolving a situation of exorcism, the half-breed demon hunter Jake Greyman (Sean Patrick Flanery) reports to Cardinal White (William Bassett) and they realize that the demon Asmodeus (Billy Drago) is impregnating many mortals trying to raise ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, bleak, captivating, surprise ending
Plot: good versus evil, succubus, church, half breed, supernatural, curses spells and rituals, save the world, danger, lust, exorcism, demon, priest ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 632
Prime Evil (1988)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A coven of devil-worshiping monks living in New York City search for victims for their sacrificial ceremonies.
Style: gothic, serious, suspenseful, scary
Plot: supernatural, prostitute, church, satanism, plague, apocalypse, reincarnation, sexual abuse, good versus evil, danger, rivalry, deadly ...
Time: 16th century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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 ⇓
48%
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Cry of the Banshee (1970)
Genre: Horror
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In seventeenth century England Lord Whitman wages unending war on what he sees as the ever-present scourge of witchcraft, and many local villagers have suffered at his hands. But one victim uses her occult powers to curse his family, enlisting ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, scary, serious, disturbing
Plot: murder, massacre, rape, revenge, curse, torture, werewolf, witch, witchcraft, witch hunt, coven, imaginary ...
Time: 16th century, 17th century, 1500s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Demoniacs (1974)
Genre: Horror
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A gang of pirates rape the two sole survivors of a ship wreck. The violated girls are rescued by the strange inhabitants of a supposedly haunted island, where they are granted supernatural powers to strike revenge against the pirates.
Style: serious, atmospheric, sexual, offbeat, suspenseful ...
Plot: pirate, murder, deal with the devil, tavern, sailor, clown, skeleton, tomb, sadism, rape, revenge, supernatural ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: suspenseful, scary, disturbing, rough, bleak ...
Plot: supernatural, vengeance, murder, danger, evil, fear, family in danger, haunted by the past, ghost, mute or deaf, family problems, curse ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: good versus evil, investigation, pregnancy, supernatural, danger, rivalry, religions or cults, clergy, apocalypse, curses spells and rituals, priest, antichrist ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.1
 5K
Blood Feast (1963)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 67 min.
Story: In the sleepy suburbs of Miami, seemingly normal Egyptian immigrant Fuad Ramses (Mal Arnold) runs a successful catering business. He also murders young women and plans to use their body parts to revive the goddess Ishtar. The insane Ramses ...
Style: scary, serious, rough, suspenseful, macabre ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: serial killer, murder, psychopath, zombie, gory, supernatural, slasher, woman in danger, crimes, violence spree, curses spells and rituals, supernatural ability ...
Time: 60s, 80s
Place: miami, florida, usa, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.1
 369
Inquisition (1977)
Genre: Horror
Country: Spain
Duration: 86 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: sexy, serious, scary, twists and turns, stylized ...
Plot: village, spanish inquisition, death, revenge, devil, satanism, torture, devil worship, rivalry, wizards and magicians, danger, supernatural ...
Time: middle ages, 16th century, 1500s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Horror Rises from the Tomb (1973)
Genre: Horror
Country: Spain
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In Medieval France a warlock is be-headed and his wife tortured and executed. Hundreds of years later an isolated group of people discover his head buried on their property. Soon it comes back to life, possessing people and using them to commit ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious
Plot: murder, ghost, seance, zombie, vigilante, decapitation, coffin, gothic horror, witchcraft, occult, death, revenge ...
Time: middle ages, 1400s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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