Oct. 17, 2008, 2:58 a.m. CST
by a rolling stone
This was always one of my favorites. They even stop and give you a minute to make your guess before the werewolf is revealed. Cool flick. Nick pick.
Oct. 17, 2008, 3:02 a.m. CST
that I have seen a lot of movies. But you are proving me wrong. There are so many classic gems I have yet to discover. I love me a great werewolf tale. I need to be hitting amazon pretty soon.
Oct. 17, 2008, 3:02 a.m. CST
I'm always looking for good Werewolf movies.
Oct. 17, 2008, 3:11 a.m. CST
And it even goes I,i,I,i.
Oct. 17, 2008, 3:31 a.m. CST
will check it out. Hey Q, how do you decide which film to watch when you pull a double feature out of the bag? Why come hellgate instead of pit?
Oct. 17, 2008, 3:46 a.m. CST
I hate when in movies they spring a surprise like that just to throw audiences off.. *it wasn't one, but two*. I think it shows confidence on part of makers that they didn't have to resort to *trick* of turning movie's primary premise [one werewolf amongst guests] around to make sure ending is surprise enough.<p> Now, if at start they establish there could be more than one, or give hints to that in movie, then am okay with it. Or at least gave the idea that werewolf *may have* bitten someone... THEN it makes sense, not otherwise.
Oct. 17, 2008, 3:46 a.m. CST
Hellgate is BAD. The Pit is also bad, but not "Hellgate bad".
Oct. 17, 2008, 3:48 a.m. CST
I too loved that spin about level of control. They could have then used THAT spin to establish a new dynamic that lets one [viewers, if not characters] discern the new and the old werewolf.
Oct. 17, 2008, 4:09 a.m. CST
by Charlie & Tex
...but with this, we will! It's tremendous fun, with Gray actually putting the effort in rather than just waiting to be paid for it. The director hated the Werewolf Break imposed on him, saying that when you are drunk on a friday night, it is probably brilliant - and annoying that it is the thing about his movie people remember most.
Oct. 17, 2008, 4:34 a.m. CST
That's a cool name for a band.
Oct. 17, 2008, 5:37 a.m. CST
....possibly the greatest car chase in cinema history that occurs when Gambon tries to leave the grounds! Simply awesome!
Oct. 17, 2008, 6:09 a.m. CST
by Lost Jarv
pah. <P>I can't get The Pit in Region 2. That sucks.
Oct. 17, 2008, 6:25 a.m. CST
Oct. 17, 2008, 6:59 a.m. CST
by Napoleon Park
but sometimes a few of the higher extended basic channels leak through. When a VCR broke down and I had to hook up and program a different one, I flipped though the channels to see if I gained or lost any "leak through" channels and suddenly I had AMC and an hour later I was watching the emmy winning best drama Mad Men and a couple hours after that I saw part of this film. I loved the leads bellbotton jumpsuit but it didn't really grab me so I turned to the computer and just listened to it and when I turned around the end credits were running. Oh well, sounds like Q liked it more than I did, but then he's comparing it to some of the other stuff he's had to put up with lately, including "Unwatchable".<p>I did get the Agatha Christie connection, but the pace and the cheese factor kept me from getting entranced.
Oct. 17, 2008, 7:30 a.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
peak. This movie was just so cool. Kind of like Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, but with a werewolf. The werewolf break was funny. I forget if it was his wife or girlfriend. "What if it's me?" Points finger like a gun "Bang"
Oct. 17, 2008, 8:06 a.m. CST
I actually saw this at a drive-in a few years back as part of a film festival in the town of Milford, PA. (They were showing it because James Blish, who wrote the short story the movie was based on had lived in the area.)<br> Believe it or not, it was a double feature with the first volume of THE ANIMATION SHOW! Some KFC and a carload of friends made for a great viewing party.
Oct. 17, 2008, 8:18 a.m. CST
by Josh Acid
Watch The Pit! It's a thing of perverse beauty. But you don't have to take my word for it...Listen to this guy (aka also me): http://joshacid.livejournal.com/2008/06/18/
Oct. 17, 2008, 9:20 a.m. CST
Too bad I missed the William Castle era with shit like Duo-Vision and Psychorama. Wish they'd make a comeback. Wasn't there some interactive haunted house DVD out some while back? Was it any good?
Oct. 17, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST
It does have a sort of Lew Grade Persuaders television feel to it - almost like it could have been the pilot to a long lost ITC show about Monster Detectives - the music, the clothes, the cast - it all feels like it exists in the same world as Dracula AD 1972 and Satanic Rites of Dracula.<BR><BR>I love Amicus, Hammer and Tigon - okay they couldn't compete with Hollywood horrors of the time, this came out after The Exorcist but by Christ these studios output was amazing. Some utter crap but some genius as well.<BR><BR>
Oct. 17, 2008, 10:23 a.m. CST
by The Reluctant Austinite
Prepare yourself for another "unwatchable" review if you watch "Hellgate." "The Pit," however, is a strange semi-classic owing much to the types of stories often written for EC horror comics. I love the line; "I'm going to look at this a lot." Please, Quint, don't endure "Hellgate."
Oct. 17, 2008, 11:16 a.m. CST
Quint is probably watching Hellgate as opposed to The Pit because he has already seen The Pit. I've never seen The Beast Must Die, always wanted to, though. It sounds a lot like the Howling V, or whatever number it was, where all the people are in a castle and one of them is a werewolf. I found myself enjoying that one a lot more than expected. It must be the formula.
Oct. 17, 2008, 11:19 a.m. CST
by Anna Valerious
She is hilarious. http://tinyurl.com/6rs2pt
Oct. 17, 2008, 12:08 p.m. CST
Oct. 17, 2008, 12:12 p.m. CST
Damn, back in the days I used to watch this movie at least twice a year. Hope I can find my tape. Besides the great actors I love two things about it: the genius werewolf makeup which consists of a old rug, stapled to a little dog and the brilliant day for night shots for the helicopter scenes. The Pilot even wears his sunglasses in the middle of the "night". Perfect entertainment
Oct. 17, 2008, 12:38 p.m. CST
I'm sorry but I thought it was mostly crap. Very little happened and what did was obvious and anticlimactic. It had a GREAT setup, and Calvin Lockhart was faboo, but went nowhere.
Oct. 17, 2008, 2:14 p.m. CST
How I discern titles on the double-feature sets: I don't pull a DVD out of a bag every day. Instead, I wrote down every title on a small strip of paper and put those titles into a plastic bag. Every day, I swirl the titles around and, without looking, I pull one piece of paper and see what I'm watching next. So, that's how I pulled Hellgate before The Pit. If I was just pulling DVDs you better believe I'd watch The Pit before Hellgate, but that's not what my God of Film has decided for me.
Oct. 17, 2008, 3:01 p.m. CST
I have always loved this movie but always hated the dog as the werewolf. It just sucks so bad, it's frustrating. It was so close to being a perfect werewolf movie. They should absolutely remake it with today's SFX and give it the werewolf it deserves. Hopefully they could find a cast to live up to the original.
Oct. 17, 2008, 3:28 p.m. CST
by The Dum Guy
Good movie about a monster, and then a real fucking wolf shows up (with literally razor sharp fangs).
Oct. 17, 2008, 4:32 p.m. CST
not werewolves...and it was a great early '80s flick. I liked Albert Finney in his I'll be in anything phase. This and Looker...
Oct. 17, 2008, 5:55 p.m. CST
I own this flick. (Which is just what it is, btw.) Why? Because the Son of Svengoolie, Rich Koz, is a genius who know how to get kids to love, I mean LOVE, movies. And I don't mean he gets them to love "great" movies. He knows how to get them to love movies. Period.--I just hope that somehow, despite my inescapabale luck, that said love will find me a seat to Butt-Numb-A-Thon this year. Hear me Fates! Send not an "error!"
Oct. 17, 2008, 10:44 p.m. CST
Oct. 17, 2008, 10:45 p.m. CST
Damned shift key... Anyway, it is the chronicle of a pervert and his pet pit of weird-arse things... It sucked, nowhere near as good as the good sucky films... Quint, have ye seen "Waxwork?" Your thoughts?
Oct. 18, 2008, 1:38 a.m. CST
Haven't seen The Pit yet, but I hope it's not as shitty as you say it is because it's a video box I've seen since my teenage years and have always wondered when I'd get around to it.<bR><BR>I need to revisit Waxwork, but I did, of course, see it and its sequel as a kid. I'd love to double feature those sometime soon. It feels like the right time to revisit those flicks.
May 11, 2009, 5:29 p.m. CST
Sid Haig is supposed to be in some wolf movie coming out...sometime? Details? Anyone?
May 12, 2009, 10:05 a.m. CST