Candis H. Sutton | Algonac, Michigan USA | 03/05/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I first saw this film at least 10 years ago....it stuck in my mind so much that I started to search, endlessly, the TV listings until it came on again. I HAD to record it!!! It is NOT the run of the mill horror flick like "Halloween", "Friday the 13th", or "Nightmare on Elm Street". "Pin" keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering where each vital scene is going to lead you next! It has a "Hitchcock" subtleness about it. If you are a horror fan of the "TRUE" sense, and not out for "blood and guts" this is YOUR kind of movie! This type of horror film has not occured since "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane", "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte", or "Straight Jacket". The acting is believable and the direction was done with superb technique...a must see!!"
Creepy film, but slow. Not for all tastes.
jddunn2 | Denver, CO United States | 04/16/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Pin (short for Pinocchio) is an anatomical instruction dummy. Dad Terry O'Quinn uses the dummy to explain difficult questions to children Leon and Ursula. When Dad dies suddenly, Leon projects a personality to Pin to replace him. Ursula tries to begin a normal life, but Leon says Pin won't allow her to ruin her life by running off with boys. That plus a bunch of creepy set pieces is the story of Pin.Leon's attempts to make Pin human are pretty creepy. The crux of the story is just how far Leon will go in order to make Pin a human. It's not wishing on a star, I can tell you that. This may all sound like a Chucky movie or a bad Tales From the Crypt episode, but Pin is eons ahead of them in terms of atmosphere. There are sometimes long, slow shots of the dummy where you swear you could see him move. Pretty eerie.The DVD has an audio commentary by the director. The movie is now available in widescreen format for the first time so that is a plus.Recommended."
Creepy and oddly compelling classic!
Bob Ashley | texas | 03/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Back in the 80's my brother and I rented every horror video we could.I took a chance on this one because the box looked cool.Well,the video box had some misleading info on it making this look like a ripping horror thriller.It wasn't that,it is instead a well-done psychological thriller about a dysfunctional family,schizophrenia,and a lifeless(or is it?)medical doll and it all leads to madness and murder.We were very impressed and watched it again and again.Many years later I found the Andrew Neiderman novel in a used bookstore and immediately remembered this great movie and was blown away by the much darker tone of the book,but I longed to see the movie again.Well,years later and I have a dvd player and I happily discovered this great movie on dvd!Anchor Bay did a fantastic job with a nice widescreen print,a trailer,and an interesting commentary track by the screen-writer/director and a journalist. Excellent! "
Psychological Horror. Well done.
N. Chodoba | Torrington, CT USA | 12/18/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The idea that a father would communicate with his children through an inanimate doll in order to educate them about sex is bizarre, and yet it works in this film. One wonders whether this was based on actual cases, because it seems so plausible. This horror film is so much more than a two-dimensional portrayal of psychosis. It tries to examine the process by which someone could go completely insane, and succeeds. It is entertaining in the way that Psycho is entertaining, while treating the subject of schizophrenia respectfully. The dvd is widescreen, and the film is definitely worth a look for horror fans. Recommended."
Captures A Truly Disturbing Ailment
David Butler | Winter Park, FL, USA | 09/26/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Most all of the so-called horror movies made today are just simple, formulatic nonsense that offer only jolts but nothing withstanding. Whatever happened to the genuinely scary like Psycho or The Exorcist? What we're most afraid of is not monsters or faceless madmen, but elements of our own psyche. This film is one not perfect, but it does succeed in striking a chord with those who desire a REAL reason to stay up at night.
David Hewlitt is fantastic as Leon, a schizophrenic boy with an unnatural obsession with medical dummy Pin. The movie doesn't go soft or stereotypical and deserves more attention than the likes of pointless trash like Urban Legends or Valentine. If you wish to be truly mind-...... by a good psychological thriller, you owe it to yourself to see this flick. "