Aug. 12, 2021

This Day in Halloween: Roger Corman's "The Pit and the Pendulum" starring Vincent Price opens across the U.S. in 1961. / Illustration by Gabriela Vega

The Pit and the Pendulum opens across the U.S. in 1961. The second in Roger Corman’s Poe cycle, the film stars Vincent Price and Barbara Steele and features a screenplay by Richard Matheson. Shot over just 15 days for $300,000, the film is a major hit — the biggest one in the history of American International Pictures — and becomes very influential to Italian horror filmmakers. Stephen King considers it one of the best horror films made after 1960.