“The Pit and the Pendulum” Movie

The summer of YouTube movies based on short stories is sadly coming to an end.

I searched for “The Pit and the Pendulum” movie, and came across an assortment of films, most of them totally inappropriate for classroom use.

This is the best “Pit and the Pendulum” movie for classroom use.

It’s claymation at its finest!


The 1961 “Pit and the Pendulum” would probably not cause you to get fired, but I discourage the showing of entire full length feature films. Here, however, are some clips you might find interesting.

The first is a trailer of the 1961 movie, starring Vincent Price.

The opening is pretty awesome. The entire clip is a good source of unintentional comedy.

This next clip is shows the descent of a pendulum. You’ll find it very disappointing, yet instructive for the lesson plan that follows.

This next clip has little to do with “The Pit and the Pendulum,” but there is a taste of “The Cask of Amontillado” to it.

No need to lie about in the pits of despair because you don’t have a lesson plan.

Download this and make copies: Literary Interpretation T-Chart.

Just write one of these objectives on the board.

  • RL.9-10.7 – Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment.
  • RL.11-12.7 – Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text.
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