Sunday, June 7, 2009

The Pit (1981)

The Pit is fun, relatively unknown gem about an autistic and unliked boy that lures anyone that crosses him into a pit in the woods that is filled with bloodthirsty beasts. The acting and production screams low-budget 80s horror, with no strong leads and an annoying child actor, but the kid is almost endearing in his spoiled overacting. There is plenty of off-beat humor, as the bratty kid blackmails his teacher into stripping, tries to drag a cow into the pit, and tricks each of his aggressors into falling into the pit through different clever means (including pushing an old invalid women in). The troglodytes themselves are pretty terrifying looking, best described as hairy CHUDs or pig-faced werewolves. The film is relatively tame until the creatures get their hands on anything, then it goes from a PG kids flick to an excessively gory mess! It is enough to make your jaw drop, since the film is seemingly so innocent. There are also some creepy moments where the childs teddy bear speaks to him telepathically and commands him to kill. There is no mistaking that this is not a great film, but for a dark little creature flick it will satisfy any horror fan and comes highly recommended!

Rating: 7/10.
Gore: 6/10.



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7 comments:

  1. I remember bits and pieces of this one, but I definitely remembered the ending. I won't give anything away but it put a smile on my face.

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  2. THIS IS ONE OF MY CHILDHOOD FAVS. I LOVE THIS MOVIE, GREAT WRITE UP...

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  3. I would've hated this movie, EXCEPT for the awesome talking teddy bear. He's pretty bad-ass, alright.

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  4. Oh The Pit, I really enjoyed this one. It's just so randomly insane at times, like with the talking teddy bear, the dirty cut-outs, or that really weird opening shot of the clown. I love it.

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  5. Probably one of my favorite oddities from the early 80's, it really is a strange kettle of fish. Teddy is cool, as is all the perving the kid does. The last 20 minutes or so do feel like a different movie, however, apparently due to last minute script changes. A goodie in my books.

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  6. I was completely unaware of the script changes at the end, but that makes total sense since like you mentioned it is an immediate shift in tone. Glad to see so many Pit fans, I only grabbed it because I got it B1G1F on Deepdiscount with Visiting Hours and it turned out to be one of my new favs

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  7. I love this film. Yeah, the ending was pretty much changed while filming. That's why the film is a bit disjointed. But I really enjoyed the acting and the story itself. Very underrated horror flick.

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