… Misery loves company…

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The award winning stop-motion animated adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale. Condemnation, hope and redemption are the rule of the day during the Spanish Inquisition. Doomed to a fate worse than death, the Prisoner struggles with hope and faith while the Inquisitors employ devious machinations in their efforts to unhinge him.  Directed by Marc Lougee, Produced by Susan Ma. Executive Produced by Ray Harryhausen & Fred Fuchs.

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“As much as we love writer Richard Matheson’s adaptation of THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM from 1961 (starring Vincent Price), Marc Lougee’s adaptation works better as Poe had intended: a tight, concise, thrilling short. THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM engulfs you into an inescapable nightmare of impending doom, leaving only two ways out, the pit or the pendulum. Edgar Allan Poe couldn’t have planned it better.”
– American Vulture

“Awesome… haunting, frightening and creepy.”
– Harry Knowles, Ain’t It Cool News. com

“An effective, atmospheric piece driven by realistic animation and highly detailed design. Very Nice.”
– TWITCH Film

“Ray Harryhausen Presents: The Pit and the Pendulum” is one of the best animated short films that has not been nominated for an Academy Award.”
– FILM ARCADE

“The great Ray Harryhausen, the dean of special-effects animators, executive-produced Marc Lougee’s disturbing stop-motion adaptation of classic Poe tale “The Pit and the Pendulum,” and it’s easy to see why: Lougee’s characters move with the same unnerving combination of naturalism and otherworldliness that Harryhausen’s legendary creations (think Jason and the Argonauts, Clash of the Titans) possessed. Poe’s elliptical story has provided fodder for many elaborate feature-film retellings, but Lougee’s ruthlessly efficient take is short and to the point, packing in a whole lot of tension into seven slim minutes.”

– New York Magazine Review

“Director Marc Lougee has perfectly captured the feel and tone of the short story, and the look of the film is pitch perfect in every way. I was completely absorbed with this film and the extras on the DVD resulted in an impressive feast of filmmaking delights. With numerous crew interviews detailing several of the many steps to create this fantastic film, The Pit and the Pendulum DVD is practically its own personal master’s course on film study. While the interview with director Marc Lougee on the construction of the puppets and how they work is required viewing, the interviews with animators, screen writers, the composer and other production designers are both fascinating and educational.”
– Where The Long Tail Ends.com

“Done in the same style as The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach and MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch, The Pit and the Pendulum has the distinction of giving life to the story. Lougee’s adaptation has a humanity behind it that none of the other mentioned films achieved. The result really is beautiful to behold. Overall, The Pit and the Pendulum is 7 minutes of pure beauty and power.”
– ScreenGeeks.com

‘The subtle, swirling soundtrack perfectly complements the creepy visuals… Mr. Poe would be proud.”
– Rue Morgue Magazine

“Every Bit as amazing as I expected”.
– Dark Carnival

“An incredible piece of work!”
– Rogue Cinema

“The Pit and the Pendulum is one of the finest examples of gothic animation I’ve seen since “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” If anything, Lougee’s film proves that you can still tell compelling stories with the advent of pure stop-motion. He is a storyteller worth watching for.”
– Cinema-Crazed.com

“This a fantastic short, done in singular style. Marc Lougee continues the grand tradition of stop-motion animation and displays a high level of skill that makes me look forward to what he has up his sleeve next.”

– Blog Critics Review

Produced with a Bravo!FACT grant supported by Bravo! NewStyleArtsChannel, a division of CHUM Limited and with the support of NFB Filmmaker Assistance Program (Animation Studio).

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