1692 in Toledo, Spain at the height of the Spanish Inquisition. The beautiful and kind-hearted Maria Alvarez is arrested as a witch when she inadvertently cries out in horror at the public whipping of a child.
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Lance Henriksen is reasonable enough as the titular Inquisitor yet everything else about The Pit and the Pendulum feels bland and one-dimensional. The protagonists in Maria and Antonio especially happen to be two of the most obnoxious leads I've ever witnessed in celluloid form. Perhaps I'd be granted a little more perspective had I read Poe's story but this film is woefully dull when put in plain terms.