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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.


Sandor Stern


Sandor Stern (screenplay), Andrew Neiderman (based on the novel by)




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


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 »


Horror | Thriller


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Did You Know?


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 »


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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Featured in Nightmare in Canada: Canadian Horror on Film (2004) See more »


On the Run
Music and Lyrics by Larry Weir
Performed by Pleasant Company
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A paranoid-schizophrenic young man is taken over by a medical display dummy
3 August 2006 | by chev-errantSee all my reviews

This is a masterpiece ! Sadly neglected by the audience (probably because it lacked gore and fx) and by the critics (probably because it came from Canada: critics seems to have a habit of neglecting Canadian movies, unless they are directed by David Cronenberg). It's slow, haunting, unnerving and very well acted by all actors involved (mostly unknowns, except for Terry O'Quinn as the father and for David Hewlett as the son who acted also in Scanners II: The New Order (1991) and Cube (1997). It's directed with skill by Sandor Stern who was also responsible for the screenplay, based on a novel by Andrew Neiderman (who also wrote the novel The Devil's Advocate). The story: a young, lonely fragile-minded boy in need for parental love and guidance get's close-to-none from his too self-consumed parents and projects his needs into a medical display dummy which his father (a doctor) use as "a handyman" to help teaching his children. The only love and care the boy get's come from his kid-sister. The parents die in a horrible car-accident, leaving the children financially independent. They grow up to be teenagers and when the kid-sister starts to date, her brother's obsessive over-protectiveness results into chaos and murder. The final scenes are chilling and leave the audience (who has come to care for the characters) heartbroken.

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Release Date:

27 January 1989 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Iberville, Québec, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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