Pin (1988)

Pin (1988)
  Directed by:  Sandor Stern
  Written by:    Andrew Neiderman

When is the last time you went to the doctor?  Nervelessly waiting in the lobby, not sure what is going on inside, then you get to go into the examination room only followed by more waiting.  Then the time comes to talk to the doctor and most of the time his explanations need a foreign translator to decipher.  Well not in this small town, Dr. Linden (Terry O'Quinn) has an assistant - Pin.  Pin is an anatomically correct transparent medical doll that explains your condition to you in what I like to call "common-folk" language.  Pin's voice is actually a direct result from Dr. Leon's ventriloquism.  But unfortunately for this small town practice Dr.  Leon and his wife pass away in a horrific car accident - leaving their high school aged children Leon (David Hewlett) and Ursula (Cynthia Preston) in a large house all alone.  In attempt to salvage part of his father's past and maybe also for his own selfish indulgences - Leon brings the old family friend Pin into the house.  Leon now has to take on the role as the head of the house and protector.  The only question that remains is whether this Linden trio can make it through these tough times or will something try to tear them apart?

I will have to admit I love 80's cheese horror, so the minute I saw this title on Netflix I had to give it a shot.  This movie comes to us from Sandor Stern - known for writing screenplay in Amittyville Horror and True Grit and Andrew Neiderman - novelist best known for The Devil's Advocate.  From the beginning this movie was obviously influenced by the ultimate horror classic Psycho.  Even without gore, blood, serial killers, or supernatural beings - this movie like Psycho- has a greatness that lies within the writing and directing - Excellent!  The acting in the movie was sub par at best - but due to the oddness of the characters - it worked.  The ending although predictable was done extremely well and allowed the viewer to feel fulfilled.  This is a definite watch and I would recommend it to a thriller, suspense, or horror fan.  The only thing I regret is not knowing about this film earlier.

Bloody Buckeye Rating: 
3.5 of 5
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