Pin Film Details
Overview: Isolated by his strange parents, Leon finds solace in an imaginary friend, which happens to be an anatomy doll from his father’s doctor office. Unfortunately, the doll begins to take over Leon’s life, and his sister’s life as well.
Tagline: A Plastic Nightmare
Review: Who’s the puppet, who’s the master? I just love this film, there’s no other quite like it. I think it’s a beautifully crafted and perfectly balanced tale of the tragedy of one young man as he gradually loses his grip on reality and eventually his whole mind. Although it’s definitely on the extreme fringes of being one, it’s no true horror movie, as there are no monsters, gore or torture in it. It’s much more of a very dark and twisting psychologically-layered thriller which is based on strong performances by well-developed characters that you actually care about, and a simple & straightforward story that moves along at a smooth and engaging pace. So it’s not really about spookiness, but there’s certainly a strong unsettling vibe that runs through it. I think it’s really up to the viewer’s perspective if there’s any supernatural elements involved in Pin, the story is as dark and fantastical as your own mind allows it to be. I love the haunting and bittersweet music score which I always remembered when I thought of this film. A lot of the music is very poignant and ethereal, and there are some extremely weird sound effects placed here and there at specific moments that sound almost like growling and thunder.. It all helps to give the film its eerie and gripping tone and distinct appeal. David Hewlett was so awesome in this, it’s the best acting that I’ve ever personally seen from the guy. To me it’s his fantastic performance that really drives this movie onward so brilliantly. You can tell he was working hard to make a strong impression with his character. He’s very low-key about it, most actors who play schizophrenic/split-personality characters tend to overdo it, but what’s interesting about the way Hewlett played it is that he portrays a slight neurosis that cracks and subtly grows more intense and manic as it goes on, rather than full-blown dementia right from the beginning, which I thought was a more interesting way to do it. And there is something very sad about the eventual disintegration of his character at the end, I do feel sorry for him because it shows the kind of upbringing he’s had with the virtual isolation and cold unloving parents, especially the germ-obsessed shrunken hag of a mother who labels his few friends as “diseased.” And while his dad may have been distant and woefully oblivious, he at least tried to remove Pin from his son’s life once he found out what was happening. Cyndy Preston was so beautiful and her fragile yet strong character loved her brother and didn’t want to see him put away, but neither was she willing to completely give up her own life for the sake of his jealous delusions. I just loved her voice, she sounded like an angelic princess! I love the whole sequence between Leon seemingly murdering Stan and when the ugly truth is finally revealed. It’s tremendously suspenseful as Leon grows more edgy and nervous as his sins lie just outside buried in the woodpile and the tension just cranks up as you know that sooner or later something’s gonna happen to make him slip up. There’s such a great payoff to the scene as everything Leon’s done – not just that night but over the years, comes crashing down on him in one night. And like practically everything else about this movie, it’s done in a very subtle, yet strongly compelling and engrossing way, and that’s one of the reasons that I love it. I really wish I still did feel like when I was a kid, but I don’t find Pin himself creepy, just not at all! There’s like a total mental blank there, I see him as a thing, an inanimate object. It doesn’t spoil anything for me as I don’t think the film requires one bit that you find Pin scary in order to enjoy it. What I do find disturbing is the depths of Leon’s attachment to the thing, and how when he argues with it he’s actually arguing with himself about the strange icky disturbing stuff that he can’t bring himself to admit to, and the way his split personality existed as a totally separate entity as Pin, and how his bond with a simple anatomist’s dummy ran so deep and powerful that when Ursula eventually chops it to bits it’s actually Leon’s sense of self that ‘dies’ as the Pin half of his personality consumes his own and he becomes the new Pin as revealed in the moving final scene. And I don’t care what anyone says, until you see his face, you’re wondering what the hell is going on in that moment! And it’s an excellent way to end this sadly underrated and overlooked classic that, once seen, is one that you don’t tend to forget in a hurry, and for good reason. Later.
Duration: 103 min
Genre: Horror, Thriller
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