The Dead Pit

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"They're out."
  • R
  • 1989
  • 1 hr 35 min
  • 5.3  (2,789)

The Dead Pit is a 1989 horror movie directed by Brett Leonard. The film opens in a mental institution where the doctors are performing gruesome experiments on their patients. Unfortunately, the head doctor, Colin Rambridge (Jeremy Slate), is also a sadistic serial killer who takes pleasure in murdering his patients. His reign of terror ends when he is killed during a police raid on the institution.

Years later, a new doctor, James Culver (Stephen Gregory Foster), takes over the hospital and begins to notice strange occurrences. Patients are disappearing, and the dead seem to be coming back to life. Meanwhile, a young woman named Jane Doe (Cheryl Lawson) is brought to the hospital, suffering from amnesia. As Doctor Culver tries to uncover the truth behind Colin Rambridge's experiments and the mysterious happenings within the hospital, Jane Doe becomes determined to unlock the secrets of her past.

The film uses a variety of horror movie tropes, including mad scientists, zombies, and supernatural elements. There is a sense of suspense and dread throughout the movie as Doctor Culver slowly unravels the mystery behind the hospital and its sinister past.

Despite being a low budget production, The Dead Pit is known for its impressive special effects, which were done by a young David B. Miller. The film's makeup and prosthetics are particularly impressive, allowing the zombies and other creatures to look truly terrifying.

The performances in the film are hit-or-miss. Jeremy Slate is appropriately creepy as the villainous Colin Rambridge, and Cheryl Lawson brings a vulnerability and complexity to her role as Jane Doe. However, some of the supporting actors deliver stilted performances that detract from the overall quality of the film.

Overall, The Dead Pit is a solid horror movie that manages to deliver scares and suspense despite its low budget. Fans of classic horror films will appreciate the use of practical effects and the nod to traditional horror movie tropes, while newcomers to the genre may find themselves surprised by the film's twists and turns.

The Dead Pit is a 1989 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 35 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.3.

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    1 hr 35 min
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    5.3  (2,789)