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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 »

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Leon
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Ursula (as Cyndy Preston)
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Dr. Linden
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Mrs. Linden
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Stan Fraker (as John Ferguson)
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Marcia Bateman
Patricia Collins ...
Aunt Dorothy
Steven Bednarski ...
Leon - Age 13
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Ursula - Age 11
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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
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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>

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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.
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Features Scanners (1981) See more »

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On the Run
Music and Lyrics by Larry Weir
Performed by Pleasant Company
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"Talk to Pin"
5 November 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Pin is a quiet, unsettling movie, a horror of the mind. Strongly resembling "Psycho," Pin still manages to stand on it's own as a deeply disturbing psycho-drama. Leon and Ursula are the children of ice cold parents; mother is a frigid neat freak, father is a distant man who cannot even tell his own children about the facts of life. Instead, he has Pin do it for him.

Pin is a life-sized medical mannequin covered (like the furniture in their home) with a sheath of see-through plastic. Father brings Pin to "life" with ventriloquy. Ursula knows it's a dummy, but Leon believes Pin is real.

Leon is a 1980s version of Norman Bates. He hates his parents, but yet he grows to be very much like them; distant, cold, always neat and clean and dressed like a department store mannequin. The irony here is brilliant. He has no friends, but for his sister and Pin. When their parents die in a freak car accident, Leon shows some signs of rebellion; ripping the plastic off the furniture and not cleaning the kitchen after a messy dinner. But the rebellion is short lived when Leon brings Pin into the house to live with them.

David Hewlett as Leon is excellent, so sad and lost one moment that you simply want to hug him, so vicious and psychotically frightening the next that you want to run the hell away from him as far and as fast as you can. Cyndy Preston as Ursula is one of the most likable characters I've seen in a long time. She is a genuinely sweet person, compassionate and kind, and she loves her brother dearly even though she realizes that he is a paranoid schizophrenic. She is the only one who manages to escape from the cold prison her parents have made for them both. Leon, hopelessly lost to Pin, is ultimately consumed by the dominant personality.

This film never got much attention, lost as it was in the wash of 1980s splatter films. This is indeed a shame, because Pin is everything that a good horror movie should be: quiet, tense, nerve-wracking and emotionally involving. You care about the characters, unlike the teens in slasher films whom you never get to know as a living, breathing human beings. These people are not just meat for the grinder. You like them, you want them to survive and conquer and overcome the past. All of these elements make this film that much harder to watch, and that much more horrific in its final, chilling moments. The ending is indeed a classic bittersweet one.

Highly recommended for people who enjoy a good, dark descent into the warped mind.


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