As many weird old horror movies as I watch, I will never run out. None of us will ever run out. Horror movies, especially from the hallowed decade of the 1980s, are the gift that just won’t stop giving. You hear the premise of some of these flicks and you think “Jeez, who’d make this? I HAVE to see it!” In the case of 1981’s The Pit, a movie where a seemingly normal kid gets messages from his teddy bear that tell him to toss victims in to a giant sinkhole full of monsters, the answer to who made it is “Canada.”
Described as a mix of Grindhouse horror and After School Special, The Pit was directed by Lew Lehman in his sole directorial outing. It’s a bit of Canuxploitation and is absolutely bonkers. You’ve got a weird kid, which is already a great start. Then his little teddy bear talks to him–in a voice that sounds a lot like an emotionless version of his own–and tells him to take revenge on people who mistreat and harass him. We’re on board still. But he kills them not by normal slasher methods or even psychic powers: he literally throws them into a massive whole in the forest that just happens to have tons of carnivorous hellbeasts at the bottom of it. This looks like it could be as awesome as Death Bed: The Bed That Eats.
The good people at Kino Lorber, who release all manner of great movies, are re-releasing The Pit with a brand new 2K transfer and giving it a Blu-ray release thereafter in celebration of its 35th anniversary. It’s playing in select cities in the next month or so (which you can find info about here) and then will be getting a Blu-ray release on October 18.
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