If Hieronymus Bosch had decided to set his Garden of Earthly Delights within the Capuchin Crypt, his interest in alchemy instead represented as a meditation on man-as-machine, I think it'd look a lot like 'The Pendulum, The Pit, and Hope'.
3.9 stars. The closest Švankmajer has come to making an outright horror film. I especially like Eva Švankmajerová's contributions here. The pair have a thorough understanding of the neurotic energies animating Poe's greatest works. Dank, intensely claustrophobic and ultimately tragic. One of Švankmajer's least humorous works, doing the story justice. [Which isn't to say that Poe wasn't often funny, but not here.]