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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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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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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

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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

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

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On the Run
Music and Lyrics by Larry Weir
Performed by Pleasant Company
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Interesting slow paced psychological movie
11 May 2008 | by dschmedingSee all my reviews

I watched this movie expecting some kind of a horror/thriller from most of the comments here. Of course the basic story has quite some resemblances of the famous "Psycho" but I think that this movie is far more into the psychological level and less into thrills and chills. Thats why I now get some of the negative remarks because if you want to get a psycho axe wielding maniac and his rotten mom you sure will be disappointed by nice guy Leon and his pretty boring doll.

If you just watch Pin for what it is and that to me is a kind of apsychological drama, then it makes much more sense and has some interesting insights. The story revolves around two kids Leon and his Sister Ursula who grow up in a very conservative upbringing. Their mother a 60s cliché of a cleaning obsessed house woman and their father a doctor whom his kids call "Sir" and who teaches them several things through an anatomical doll using ventriloquism. The doll named "Pin" becomes a part of their lives and especially Leon becomes attached to it also talking to him in his fathers absence. Years later their parents die in a car crash and Leon and his sister start living on their own. From here on Pin becomes Leons Alter Ego and kind of a family member ... the downward spiral picks up pace and troubled Leon who desperately tries to keep his "family" together by keeping Ursula from other peoples influences starts going over the edge.

Ursula know about Leons mental state and plays along with his schizophrenic role play and the Pin doll which Leon gives his voice just like his father did. She doesn't want her brother to end in a sanitarium, realizing too late that her playing along just makes things worse.

The movie is very slow and the deterioration of Leons mental state is not thrilling, everything is shown in kind of a normal way because thats what it is for Leon. People die in this movie but its not for thrills and especially the ending shows that "Pin" is rather a drama than anything else. If you are interested in a psychological study in a "Psycho"-like set watch this movie, if you want corpses, thrills and scary horror dolls this sure is the wrong movie for you.


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