“Do you like washing me?” Knowing this is a 12-year-old boy talking to his adult babysitter definitely ramps of the cringe quotient. Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they brave the cringe found in The Pit(1981).
Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 188 – The Pit (1981)
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A solitary and strange preteen boy wreaks revenge on his harassers when he makes a disturbing discovery in the depth of a forest.IMDb
- Director: Lew Lehman
- Writer: Ian A. Stuart (original screenplay)
- Selected Cast:
- Sammy Snyders as Jamie Benjamin
- Jeannie Elias as Sandy O’Reilly
- Sonja Smits as Mrs. Lynde
- Laura Hollingsworth as Marg Livingstone
- Richard Alden as Mr. Benjamin
- John Auten as Library Janitor
- Laura Press as Mrs. Benjamin
- Paul Grisham as Freddy
- Wendy Schmidt as Christina
- Allison Tye as Alicia
- Edith Bedker as Louise
- Andrea Swartz as Abergail
The Pit is Bill’s pick and he describes it as a fascinating mess of a movie that epitomizes that certain something indicative of low-budget, Canadian horror movies of the time. Crystal loves The Pit because it is so cringy and gross, adding that the hypersexual kid is disgusting yet compelling. The Pit would’ve been loved by 15-year-old Chad but it is a tough watch for him now, especially with the annoying kid as the main character. Jeff agrees that The Pit is a bit of a mess and doesn’t seem to know what it wants to be, citing how the music often doesn’t fit the scene.
If you’re a fan of low-budget 80s trash, check out The Pit. As of this writing, The Pit is available for streaming on Shudder and on physical media as a Blu-ray disc from KL Studio Classics.
Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Crystal, will be Basket Case (1982). You won’t want to miss that one!
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