MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 8,275 this week

Pin (1988)

6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 2,189 users  
Reviews: 49 user | 34 critic

In this low-budget descendant of Psycho, Ursula and Leon are sister and brother, living alone, save for a large wooden puppet they call "Pin" (for Pinocchio). When Ursula starts hanging ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (based on the novel by)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Related News

Interview: Jack Reher talks Pin remake
| Flickeringmyth
Pin Remake Finally Moving
| DreadCentral.com
‘Pin’ Review (Arrowdrome)
| Blogomatic3000

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 17 Feb 2013
 
a list of 45 titles
created 09 Jun 2013
 
a list of 23 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 26 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 45 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Pin" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Pin (1988)

Pin (1988) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Pin.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Meat Love (1989)
Short | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two pieces of meat fall in love.

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Woos Whoopee (1928)
Animation | Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Otto Messmer
Mo (1983)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

While in Thailand to avenge his brother who was crippled in a fight with a corrupt Thai boxer, a man gets caught up in a web of fate, Buddhism and black magic.

Director: Chih-Hung Kuei
Stars: Somjai Boomsong, Tien-Chu Chin, Phillip Ko
Duplicates (TV Movie 1992)
Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

When a woman sees her brother who was supposed to have with died along with her son, she naturally becomes suspicious. When he claims to be someone else, she isn't convinced. After tracing ... See full summary »

Director: Sandor Stern
Stars: Gregory Harrison, Kim Greist, Cicely Tyson
Porcile (1969)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two dramatic stories. In an undetermined past, a young cannibal (who killed his own father) is condemned to be torn to pieces by some wild beasts. In the second story, Julian, the young son... See full summary »

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Pierre Clémenti, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Alberto Lionello
Action | Music | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Gakuryu Ishii
Stars: Michirou Endo, Shigeru Izumiya, Takanori Jinnai
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.7/10 X  

A proud black man does time in jail where he is subjected to heinous experiments. Once released, he goes about extracting vengeance on those who put him in prison. This includes both ... See full summary »

Director: Jamaa Fanaka
Stars: Marlo Monte, Reatha Grey, Stan Kamber
The Pin (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Two young people experience love and loss while in hiding during WWII. After a life of regret, the young man, now old, is faced with an opportunity for redemption.

Director: Naomi Jaye
Stars: Milda Gecaite, Grisha Pasternak, Paskal Vaklev
They Eat Scum (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Nick Zedd
Stars: Geoffrey Carey, Donna Death, Roy Dillard
Rapture (1980)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Iván Zulueta
Stars: Eusebio Poncela, Cecilia Roth, Will More
Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A small group of cosmic explorers, including a woman, leaves Earth to find freedom and start a new civilization. They do not realize that within themselves they carry the end of their own ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Zulawski
Stars: Andrzej Seweryn, Jerzy Trela, Grazyna Dylag
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

A woman buys a doll at a magic shop. Unbeknownst to her, the doll is possessed by an evil spirit, and it proceeds to take her over.

Director: Chester Novell Turner
Stars: Shirley L. Jones, Gladys Ames, Bernard Brown
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Leon
...
Ursula (as Cyndy Preston)
...
Dr. Linden
Bronwen Mantel ...
Mrs. Linden
...
Stan Fraker (as John Ferguson)
...
Marcia Bateman
Patricia Collins ...
Aunt Dorothy
Steven Bednarski ...
Leon - Age 13
Katie Shingler ...
Ursula - Age 11
...
Leon - Age 7
Michelle Anderson ...
Ursula - Age 5
Joan Austen ...
Nurse Spalding
Jamie Stern ...
Eddie Morris (as James Stern)
David Gow ...
Officer Wilson
Terrence Labrosse ...
Dr. Bell
Edit

Storyline

In this low-budget descendant of Psycho, Ursula and Leon are sister and brother, living alone, save for a large wooden puppet they call "Pin" (for Pinocchio). When Ursula starts hanging around with new boyfriend Stan, Leon and Pin take action. Written by stern <stern@wheels.org>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A Journey Beyond The Edge Of Fear And Madness... See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 January 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chi c'è in fondo a quella scala...  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film that Leon (David Hewlett) and Marcia see while on their date is Scanners (1981). David Hewlett would later star in Scanners II: The New Order (1991). See more »

Quotes

PIN: Have you heard from Leon?
Ursula Linden: No.
PIN: I miss him a great deal.
Ursula Linden: So do I.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in May (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

On the Run
Music and Lyrics by Larry Weir
Performed by Pleasant Company
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Nice! Where did this come from?
4 March 2003 | by (Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

Seldom is this film spoken of and that's a shame. Impressively written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Sandor Stern (who is probably best known for scripting THE AMITYVILLE HORROR), this underrated psychological thriller comes as a rare and welcome surprise, especially at a time when Freddy, Michael Myers and Jason were hacking their way through theaters (and sadly, hogging most of the attention).

The prosperous Linden family live in tight household headed over by a very stern doctor father (Terry O'Quinn) and an obsessive-compulsive clean freak mother (Bronwen Mantel) so extreme she keeps plastic slip-covers over all the furniture. When their sheltered children, Leon and Ursula, begin to start inquiring about the birds and bees, O'Quinn uses his ventriloquist skills to bring a medical display dummy named Pin to life to answer their questions. The film then jumps ahead ten or so years when the parents are killed in a car crash and Leon (David Hewlett) begins to display schizophrenic tendencies. He still believes Pin is alive and is eventually reduced to using Pin to murder his "enemies" to keep his sister (Cyndy Preston) in his life.

A film as subtle and quiet as this one requires solid, serious dramatic performances to work and Hewlett, Preston and O'Quinn don't disappoint in this thoughtful and eerie film. A real sleeper. Don't miss it! Based on a novel by Andrew Niederman (who also wrote the novel the film THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE was based on).

Score: 8 out of 10.


27 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Nurse Having Sex with Pin.... Movie_junkie22
I never quite understood 2 scenes pilarp-1
What really happened avatar-49
Where can I buy it?! Squwirtle
Why does it only have a 6.7/10 !? red_head_rocker56
Someone please explain... johnnydarko13
Discuss Pin (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?