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Isolated by his strange parents, Leon finds solace in an imaginary friend, which happens to be an anatomy doll from his father's doctor office. Unfortunately, the doll begins to take over Leon's life, and his sister's life as well.

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Sandor Stern

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Cast

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

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Brother, sister, murder, sin... See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chi c'è in fondo a quella scala... See more »

Filming Locations:

Iberville, Québec, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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.
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Referenced in May (2002) See more »

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On the Run
Music and Lyrics by Larry Weir
Performed by Pleasant Company
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Excellent low budget psychological horror flick!
29 June 2005 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

The eighties produced a lot of horror films that were clearly made just for people to rent on Friday nights to ignore while they had a few beers and a laugh with their mates. While most of these films were instantly forgettable, some were actually quite good and unfortunately have been forgotten along with the forgettable ones. Pin is one such film. While the movie isn't a horror classic, and it takes essential elements from a range of sources, most notably Psycho; it still represents a good success in the psychological horror sub-genre. So, if you like your films to be dark and moody; you can go wrong here! Based on a best seller by Andrew Neiderman, Pin blends the story of a young boy growing up with murderous schizophrenia to horrifying effect. The plot follows a brother and sister, Leon and Ursula, whose father uses ventriloquism and an anatomical dummy as a learning tool for his children. What he doesn't count on, however, is Leon taking this act too seriously and believing that the dummy really is alive. A childish idea that leads to a very dark future for Leon.

While the film lacks any real potent bite, it blends it's elements together with a good plot pace well enough to ensure that the film always offers compelling viewing and although the action gets a little predictable at times, we always want to carry on watching to see what happens. The dummy itself is the centrepiece of the film and director Sandor Stern has managed to create a malevolent atmosphere around it. The thing looks creepy anyway, but when combined with it's put-on voice; I can imagine it giving some more easily scared viewers nightmares. Ventriloquism is a hobby that has always lent itself well to horror movies; from the dummy tale in 'Dead of Night', to this film and more; you can always count on a creepy movie if one of it's core subjects is the act of someone lending their voice to a plastic doll. The acting in the film is typically eighties; but it's not all that bad considering the type of movie that this is. On the whole; Pin is a nice atmospheric chiller that deserves more attention, so if you get the chance to see it; I highly recommend that you do!


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