As far as bizarre movies go, you can’t get much more bizarre than Pin. Terry O’Quinn (The Stepfather, Lost) stars as Dr. Lincoln, a physician, raising two children, Leon and Ursala, along with his neat freak wife whose child rearing techniques leave a lasting scar on their son. Using ventriloquism, Dr. Lincoln uses his anatomical dummy Pin to educate his children. He warns them never to talk to Pin alone. Ursala figures out what her dad is up top, but Leon looks to Pin as an guardian angel type figure. Dr. Lincoln uses Pin to explain to his children the birds and the bees, and Ursala figures out her fathers game. Leon, not so much. In their teenage years, the parents die in a car crash and Leon’s feelings for his sister grow out of control.
Leon begins to write prose poems in which the “hero” acts out and rapes his sister. Ursala’s boyfriend warns her that these are danger signs and is eventually killed by Leon for his interference. The troubling implications do not die down as the film goes on and Ursala is forced to choose between her brother, his fixation on Pin, and her own life.
Very well directed by Sandor Stern, who worked on the Amityville Horror series, and based on a novel by Andrew Niederman, Pin is a very weird flick. I originally bought this film on VHS from a closing down video store years ago, but only watched a bit of it for some reason, before selling it at a yard sale. I found it on DVD on a Canadian import label a couple years ago (the film is originally a Canadian production) and finally pulled the trigger on watching the entire film today. It’s an interesting film that is best viewed in context of the decade in which it was filmed. Pin was released direct to video here in the states and you can see why. The oddness of a story centered around a young man’s psychosis involving viewing a mannequin as a father figure and wanting to have sex with his sister is extremely out there. And yet this is a well directed and acted movie. Leon (David Hewlett, Scanners II, Darknet) is such a sad character that you can’t help but feel for him even though he’s such a messed up dude. Cynthia Preston plays as the teenage Ursala who also played in the Carrie remake as well as Prom Night III. She gives a sympathetic portrayal as a sister who is doing her best to protect her brother. I’m honestly not sure what to say about this film. It’s either something you’ll like or not.