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Pin (1988)

Cast: David Hewlett, David Hewlett, Cyndy Preston, more...
Director: Sandor Stern, Sandor Stern
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Studio: Anchor Bay
Genre: Horror
Running Time: 102 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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An obscure and offbeat novel by Andrew Neiderman comes to life as this strange, disturbing, but fairly compelling psychological thriller. The title refers to a life-sized medical dummy (the name is short for Pinocchio) through which strait-laced physician and would-be ventriloquist Doctor Linden (Terry O'Quinn) communicates with his children, Leon (David Hewlett) and Ursula (Cyndy Preston). Although Pin seems to have served a useful purpose by providing the emotionally distant Linden with a means of opening up to his family, the mannequin's importance gradually becomes a decidedly unhealthy influence for Leon, whose latent psychosis emerges fully after his father's death and compels him to "adopt" Pin as a member of the household. As Ursula, now a beautiful woman, begins to enjoy a relatively happy love life, Leon is consumed with jealousy and, goaded by the 'Pin' aspect of his personality, turns to murder as release. In its depiction of a psychotic who loses his will to an increasingly lifelike dummy, Pin is remarkably similar in theme to Richard Attenborough's Magic (which itself owed a debt to films like The Great Gabbo). Though it breaks no new ground in this respect, this quirky horror film does present an irresistibly eerie charm (thanks in large part to Hewlett's fine performance) and generates a decent amount of suspense, building to a chilling, if not entirely surprising, climax. ~ Cavett Binion, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Creepy! by evilcupcakes September 30, 2004 - 3:33 PM PDT
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
I happened to catch this little freak-fest a long time ago on late night TV with a friend. We have been searching for it ever since and it's nice to have finally found it. It's basically about a young man who becomes obsessed with his father's (a doctor) "anatomically correct" skinless anatomy dummy, Pin. Pin turns out to be a bit of a troublemaker, he has sex with nurses, causes traffic accidents, and eventually becomes the young boy's alter-ego via ventriloquism. Sometimes it's hard to determine if Pin is somehow demonically possessed or if the people around him/it are so completely emotionally disturbed it drives them to these behaviors. This movie is a little slow, but definitely disturbing and psychologically intense.

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