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The Pit & the Pendulum (1991) is another Stuart Gordon / Richard Band team-up, only this time with the source material being by H.P. Lovecraft's predecessor, Edgar Allan Poe. This film I have not seen yet, but they got Lance Henriksen as the star, and that has my attention. After giving the score a few listens, I will surely be seeking out this film that many fans have called Full Moon Pictures' finest. Maybe I can find it to download somewhere. From what I have read about it, it has great atmosphere, sets, costumes and performances. Supposedly, there is far less gore than the usual Gordon fare, but that won't stop me from watching it.
From listening to the score, I have gleaned that this film, in typical Gordon fashion, must have traces of humor in it. There are parts where Band's music really brings a smile to my face, but don't let that convince you that this is all about laughs. No, sirs and madams, there is plenty of dread and horror to be found in this Gothic and dramatic music. Band also makes excellent use of a choir on a few tracks. Enjoy!
Year of Release: 1991 Label: Moonstone Records Catalog #: MD 9903 Genres: Soundtrack/Score, Horror Format: MP3 Bitrate: 320kbps If anyone has a true lossless rip of this long out of print CD, please feel free share it here.
Track list: 1. The Crypt and Main Titles (4:00) 2. The Chase and Onslaught (2:21) 3. The Arrest of Maria (1:18) 4. The Purging of Torquemada (1:06) 5. Antonio Sneaks into the Castle (2:38) 6. Esmeralda's Meadow of Peace (1:34) 7. Antonio Battles the Guards (4:05) 8. The Pope's Envoy (2:13) 9. The Rape of Maria (6:02) 10. Esmeralda Comforts Maria (1:43) 11. The Night Auto da Fe / Esmeralda's Revenge (2:37) 12. Maria's Burial (0:41) 13. The Pit and the Pendulum (8:48) 14. Justice for the Grand Inquisitor... Death (3:36) 15. Maria's Resurrection and Finale (5:51)