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The Pit (1981)

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A solitary and strange preteen boy wreaks revenge on his harassers when he makes a disturbing discovery in the depth of a forest.

Director:

Lew Lehman

Writer:

Ian A. Stuart (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sammy Snyders ... Jamie Benjamin
Jeannie Elias Jeannie Elias ... Sandy O'Reilly
Sonja Smits ... Mrs. Lynde
Laura Hollingsworth Laura Hollingsworth ... Marg Livingstone
John Auten John Auten ... Library Janitor
Laura Press Laura Press ... Mrs. Benjamin
Paul Grisham Paul Grisham ... Freddy
Wendy Schmidt Wendy Schmidt ... Christina
Andrea Swartz Andrea Swartz ... Abergail
Edith Bedker Edith Bedker ... Louise
Lillian Graham Lillian Graham ... Miss Oliphant
Richard Alden ... Mr. Benjamin
Gerard Jordan Gerard Jordan ... Allan
Cindy Auten Cindy Auten ... Library Clerk
Patrick Patterson Patrick Patterson ... Butcher
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Storyline

Twelve year-old Jamie Benjamin is a misunderstood lad. His classmates pick on him, his neighbors think he's weird and his parents ignore him. But now Jamie has a secret weapon: deep in the woods he has discovered a deep pit full of man-eating creatures he calls Trogs... and it isn't long before he gets an idea for getting revenge and feeding the Trogs in the process! Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Jamie wouldn't kill anyone...unless Teddy told him to! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Teddy See more »

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Budget:

CAD 1,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Amulet Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The director's wife refused to let him shoot the nude scenes, so the screenwriter shot them instead. The only shot involving nudity that the director was allowed to film was the "skinny dipping" scene and only because the actress was his daughter. See more »

Quotes

Jamie Benjamin: Abergail's missing and so is Mrs. Oliphant, aren't they? And Freddy and Christina... They don't eat chocolate bars. You know what they eat?
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Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »

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Really weird!
26 March 2002 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

Yes, this is a bad movie - the previous user comments have touched upon some of the more ridiculous parts of it. And the movie doesn't know when to quit! We have those monsters, ghosts, voyeurism, murder, talking teddy bears, nudity, perversion... this movie puts EVERYTHING in it! It's a glorious mess, but it's one that remains quite entertaining all the same, because it's so nutty that you can't help but see just what insanity will come next. As well, the movie actually succeeds in being somewhat disturbing at times, in the portrayal of Jaimie. Having personally encountered autistic children, I can say that Snyder's performance, though uneven to say the least, does at times capture how one of these unfortunate children can act. Autism does happen in various degrees, and Snyder does at times creepily capture the mild infliction of it, as well as the added infliction of being disturbed (to say the least). So although this movie is (entertainingly) bad, there is at least a little something to give genuine praise to.


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