6.7/10
3,398
51 user 45 critic

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.

Director:

Sandor Stern

Writers:

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

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An orphaned teenager finds himself being dominated by his aunt who's hell-bent on keeping him with her...at all costs.

Director: William Asher
Stars: Jimmy McNichol, Susan Tyrrell, Bo Svenson
The Pit (1981)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

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
Stars: Sammy Snyders, Jeannie Elias, Sonja Smits
The Kindred (1987)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A geneticist takes his assistants to his old family home to locate the deadly product of his late mother's revolutionary research into rapid human evolution - his monstrous tentacled baby brother - before a mad scientist gets to him first.

Directors: Stephen Carpenter, Jeffrey Obrow
Stars: Rod Steiger, Kim Hunter, David Allen Brooks
Dead & Buried (1981)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A suspense horror film set in a small coastal town where, after a series of gory murders commited by mobs of townspeople against visiting tourists, the corpses begin to come back to life.

Director: Gary Sherman
Stars: James Farentino, Melody Anderson, Jack Albertson
Brain Damage (1988)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

One morning, a young man wakes to find that a small, disgusting creature has attached itself to the base of his brain stem. The creature gives him a euphoric state of happiness but demands human victims in return.

Director: Frank Henenlotter
Stars: Rick Hearst, Gordon MacDonald, Jennifer Lowry
The Evil (1978)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A doctor buys a Civil War era dilapidated mansion and hires a few friends to fix it up but the mansion is haunted.

Director: Gus Trikonis
Stars: Richard Crenna, Joanna Pettet, Andrew Prine
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After murdering his entire family, a man remarries a widow with a teenage daughter in another town and prepares to do it all over again.

Director: Joseph Ruben
Stars: Terry O'Quinn, Jill Schoelen, Shelley Hack
Motel Hell (1980)
Comedy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A seemingly friendly farmer and his sister kidnap unsuspecting travelers and bury them alive, using them to create the "special meat" they are famous for.

Director: Kevin Connor
Stars: Rory Calhoun, Paul Linke, Nancy Parsons
Dolls (1987)
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A group of people stop by a mansion during a storm and discover two magical toy makers and their haunted collection of dolls.

Director: Stuart Gordon
Stars: Ian Patrick Williams, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Carrie Lorraine
Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Is Pin alive? Leon knows... but nobody believes him! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

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 »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

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.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Matinee (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

On the Run
Music and Lyrics by Larry Weir
Performed by Pleasant Company
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A plastic treasure
30 December 2005 | by fertilecelluloidSee all my reviews

"Pin" has a strong, troubling, psycho-sexual undercurrent -- that's why I like it. I didn't mind the Andrew Neiderman novel, either, which presented the character of Pin from a totally realistic perspective. The atmosphere director Sandor Stern conjures here reminded me of the Virginia Andrews novel,"Flowers in the Attic", though not the ghastly film version. The children's world is enclosed and corruption of some kind is inevitable. In this, Pin is a life-size medical mannequin who is used as a parental surrogate for two children whose parents are too screwed up and occupied with their own affairs to see the folly of their decisions. The film is dark and moody, sexually loaded, and awfully grim in parts. The "voice" of Pin is disturbing in the extreme and his mere presence in each scene is fascinating but unnerving. Directed with enormous skill and beautifully acted. A treasure.


15 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 51 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed