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Pin (1988)

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

Writers:

Sandor Stern (screenplay), Andrew Neiderman (based on the novel by)
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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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A Journey Beyond The Edge Of Fear And Madness... See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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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Connections

Referenced in Best of the Worst: Plinketto #6 (2018) See more »

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On the Run
Music and Lyrics by Larry Weir
Performed by Pleasant Company
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... a nightmare in Plastic? Not! More like.....
30 January 2002 | by LeathermanCraigSee all my reviews

OK, this is supposed to be a horror/psychological thriller, right? Well, it fails on both parts - not too horror & not too psycho, either. What you DO get, however, is an overall decent movie with a few twists and turns to make it worth while and compelling.

Filmed in the 80s and it looks it. But, don't let this hinder you. Basic plot - 2 kids grow up with a doctor for a dad and a neat-nik NUT for a mother (opening to the kids - we see them having cookies & milk before going to bed - mom VACUUMS THE KITCHEN FLOOR FOR CRUMBS AFTER THEY'RE DONE!). Dad has a plastic medical model (life size) in his office - called Pin. They give you the way that his name comes around. Papa uses Pin in his practice to help kids feel at ease during the visit - and throws his voice to Pin - ventriloquism for dummies.

Fast forward to the 'present' - kids are grown (Leon & Ursula) and in their teens. I won't spoil the movie and give you the whole thing. Just suffice it to say that this is where the psychological aspect comes in. Suffice it to say that murder & mayhem and some general craziness come to play in this flick...

Parts of this movie are out of place - the nurse's sex party, for example, and parts are right in place - the eventual end of the story, the love interest that grows, etc.

Overall, a good flick with enough in it to keep your interest. Go for it.


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