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31 Nights of Halloween Horror part 17: Pin
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31 Nights of Halloween Horror part 17: Pin

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31 Nights of Halloween Horror: Part 17 in a 31 part series. Join me for 31 nights of horror reviews in the month of October. Every night we’ll take a look at a different horror film, some old and some new. Tonight we’re talking about:

Pin

103 mins.

Dir. Sandor Stern

1988/Canada

MPW-40118

From the ‘that was a pretty fucking weird movie’ department we have this film that seemed to slip through the cracks and went straight to Home Video in the U.S., called Pin. If you are into those creepy doll movies or to be more accurate anatomically correct or Real dolls, then this is worth checking out. At a time when slashers and other maniacs were ruling the late 80s, this one has more of a Norman Bates Psycho flare.

Stan and Ursula are two young kids growing up in a big house with a mother who is a clean freak, with plastic on the furniture and cleaning up immediately after every little thing. She doesn’t let the children have friends over and doesn’t like them going out. Dad is a cold hearted emotionless doctor and when he does explain things to his kids, he does so through ventriloquism using an anatomically correct model called Pin. Growing up with Pin, the kids are memorized by him thinking he is real and listening to whatever he says. As they get older, Ursula comes to realize that Pin is not real and it is her father’s doing and Stan, meh, not so much. Having no friends he has built quite the emotional bond with Pin and even learns ventriloquism to make Pin talk to him.

Dead give away number one that there is something not quite right with this boy.

Eventually the parents die in a freak car accident, (caused by Pin?) and the kids now entering adulthood are left alone with the house…and Pin. Oh yes, Stan has Pin living with them, dresses him up in his father’s clothes and even gets a latex skin mask and wig to put on him. If Pin wasn’t creepy looking before with exposed muscles, he is now ten times worse looking like a fake person. Stan makes Ursula introduce her dates to Pin and even worse Stan starts taking advise from Pin telling him what to do with them.

Pin

This is a bloodless unnerving tale about a descent into the madness of the mind. A slow psychological thriller with a creepy as fuck mannequin who always has his eyes on you. David Hewlett does a great job playing adult Stan, with distant eyes lost in craziness one minute and being a polite young man then next. Everyone actually does an excellent job in the film. Even the ending has a nice twist that is satisfying and sad all at the same time.

If you miss 80s hair and fashion, you can reconnect with them here in this film. Need to take a break from the silliness of Giant killer alien birds, zombies chewing on Brits, Green slime monsters from outer space or giant man eating spiders? Then check out this down to earth simple tale of a boy’s trip to coo coo town and the plastic doll that takes him there. It is an effective creepy movie that I am sure you will not be disappointed by. Don’t worry we will be back into the foray of monsters and madmen soon enough, but sometimes the scariest monsters of all are ourselves.

Damien Glonek Damien is one of the Co-Creators of Living Dead Dolls (The world's longest continuing running horror themed dolls series) as well as the Director of Development at Mezco Toyz. He is also a contributing writer and artist for EvilSpeak magazine as well as previously having contributed to Ultraviolent Magazine. He has been actively vending at horror conventions around the country for the last 20 years beginning with his (now-closed) horror memorabilia company Unearthly Possessions. When not doing all of the above he submerges himself in all aspects of the horror genre and is a big collector of original horror movie posters mostly from the 60s-80s.