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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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Company Credits

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 original "trog" costumes were deemed not realistic enough, so new costumes were created in Los Angeles and the interior pit scenes were shot on a soundstage in Toronto, Ontario. 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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References Peeping Tom (1960) See more »

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Look Who It Is, Clumsy-Stupid!
9 June 2006 | by CMRKeyboadistSee all my reviews

The Pit is a great film not in the traditional sense. If you are looking for an award winning movie, go look at something else. The Pit is great on B movie levels. This is the definition of a cult classic.

Jamie is what you call an "Autistic" child. Getting in trouble by running around in his underwear with a superman cape on at the age of 12 is rather unusual. He also has a good friend, that being his Teddy, his Teddy bear. He also has a few more friends. They live in a big hole in the ground. They are called trollalogs and they like to eat... people that is! When Jamie discovers that they aren't getting enough food and that they may die, Teddy tells him he should start luring all the people that have been mean to him to the pit.

This is such a strange movie. Originally, I don't even think it was suppose to be a horror film. The idea of the pit, originally, was suppose to all be in Jamie's head but the directer didn't want to have such a serious approach. Thus, we end up with the silliness that is The Pit. Not to say that the film doesn't have a few gory moments or not to say that this movie dosen't have a few decent scary moments in it, because it does have a few very memorable scenes, in general it is just hilarious though. Look for scenes like when Jamie is pushing an old blind lady in a wheelchair to the pit. If you don't laugh during that scene there is something seriously wrong with you.

Anyway, The Pit is an awesome film and if you are a fan of B horror I highly recommend this movie. 9/10


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