Poe's slow-mounting doom is usurped here by Matheson's too patient and overly talky script. Mood and atmosphere can work in film for burgeoning despair, but here, the problem is shown that in fiction we must imagine it through a poetic flow of words, but in the visual medium of cinema we see it immediately, so a film should grip one with its story a bit quicker. Here, the lack of suspense and tension is not engaging.
Corman en otra adaptación sobre proles malditas, casas que hacen remenbranza del pasado, los fantasmas que acosan y que terminan invitando a la locura. "El pozo y el péndulo" tiene el gran Vincent Price haciendo, en primera, al hombre que aflora misterio y, luego, va cediendo a sus miedos. Un filme sobre el pasado que se repite. Como en "El hundimiento de la casa Usher" lo cíclico es prueba de la maldición inevitable
Surprisingly well executed. The screenwriting did a pretty good job of adapting the source material into a cohesive movie. As Vincent Price states in the intro, poe gave a wonderful third act. The filmmakers had to provide the other two. Even though the suspense isn't fully realized, there is still enough tension to stay engaged. But the real reason to watch, is for Vincent Price. He's such a rock star in this!