Quick Movie Review: Pin – 1988 – directed by Sandor Stern

Posted: February 3, 2013 in horror
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What a brilliant little gem of a horror film starring the great David Hewlett (Stargate Atlantis, The Cube, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and the equally brilliant Terry O’Quinn (millennium, Lost).

I found this film a few years ago in one of those bargain bin compilation box sets and after seeing the actors in it instantly wanted to see it. Both Hewlett and O’Quinn are highly underrated actors who I really think should get more notice as they are masters of their craft. Most people know Terry O’Quinn as ‘Locke’ from the hit series ‘Lost’ but before that he had been in some amazing films such as the first two ‘Stepfather’ films and the great TV series ‘millennium’ which he co-starred alongside Lance Hendrikson.

This film isn’t easy to describe as it is far more a psychological study on how what is programmed into you as a child can stay with and affect how you develop in later life.

Terry O’Quinn plays a dentist who has an anatomical dummy in his practice which he refers to as ‘Pin’. He teaches his children life lessons through Pin by throwing his voice and creating a character that they can both talk to and confide in. His daughter Ursula doesn’t really fall for it but Leon his son does and starts to confide in Pin even when his father isn’t around. As he grows older (and turns into David Hewlett)  he begins to subconsciously voice Pin and starts too fully believe that Pin is a living, breathing person. Ursula on the other hand starts sleeping around and becomes a rebel in her own sense, leading Leon to become over protective of her, further leading to Leon taking some extreme measures to keep her ‘safe’.

It’s all very odd and the only film that I can semi compare it to would be Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’. But even then it isn’t much like that. It is a film all of its own and a very weird and interesting look at essentially how what we are told as children can lead to mental illness.

It’s a very dark film and I don’t really remember any parts of it that are particularly happy. From the get go you kind of know what you’re getting yourself into.

I couldn’t really praise this film more and it is truly a hidden gem among thousands of rubbish horror films. If you enjoy horror films I really think this is a film that deserves to be seen (and baring in mind it can be found in many of the horror compilation box sets, it’s easy enough to find.) 8/10

  1. fringevoid says:

    Pin rocks. It’s definitely a lesser known and underrated 80s movie. I’d never heard of it until I bought it a year ago.

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