Pit And The Pendulum Essay

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Many times when movie producers attempt to translate great works of literature into a movie the results are a complete failure. Edgar Allan Poe's The Pit and the Pendulum is about the torments endured by a prisoner of the Spanish Inquisition who was deemed guilty for a crime and put into a completely dark room. He realizes there is a large pendulum hanging above him, slowly getting closer to cutting through his chest. He finds a way to escape but the walls of his prison start to move and close in on him, pushing him closer to falling into the pit. Roger Corman's movie, Edgar Allen Poe's The Pit and the Pendulum, is about a man named Francis Barnard visits the gloomy Spanish castle of his sister Elizabeth Medina's husband, Nicholas Medina, to learn the reason for her death. Nicholas fears his wife isn't really dead and that her spirit wanders the halls at night. Nicholas's father, Sebastian Median was a feared leader of the Spanish Inquisition, as a child, Nicholas saw his father torture his mother and uncle and bury her alive, and he's convinced Elizabeth has suffered a similar fate. Poe's short story and Corman's movie, The Pit and the Pendulum were different in many ways such as plot, character and setting. Poe's short story and Corman's movie had very different plots, to say at the least. I think it should be a felony just to call Corman's movie The Pit and the Pendulum. I don't think the screenwriter could understand Poe's short story and he just came up with this movie instead. The original plot of The Pit and the Pendulum is an unnamed man who was sentenced to death in Spain, during the Spanish Inquisition. The man in then put in a cell, with a bladed pendulum slowly swinging down to put him to his death, but he rescued in the end by General Lasalle. The basic plot of Corman's movie is a man named Francis Barnard goes to Spain, when he hears his sister,
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