Terror Tuesday: The Pit
Hosted by writer/programmer Danielle Burgos. Admission only $10!
Christopher Robin meets Critters? A psychosexual Calvin and Hobbes? A Canadian horror movie filmed in Wisconsin with the feel of a 70s after-school special set to the jaunty soundtrack of a slapstick comedy with a hard turn into incompetent procedural, absolutely no part of this movie meshes to form a coherent whole.
12-year old “funny person” Jamie looks 15, sounds like a 9-year old from a 50s mental hygiene film, and is the pariah of his small town. He’s maturing into an earnest pervert, and with the help of his only friend and confidant, a stuffed bear named Teddy, he’s finally going to figure out how to get his babysitter Sandy to love him.
The plan includes the titular Pit, an actual hole in the woods full of troglodytic beings with glowing eyes. Are they speaking through Teddy? Is Teddy actually alive? This is the movie bold enough to pose question after question and staunchly refuse to provide answers, all while sustaining a wildly dissonant tone of guilelessness and leering sleaze.
Jamie befriends the pit creatures, which he calls Tra-La-Logs, who remain utterly indifferent to his presence. Running out of food to toss them, Teddy comes up with a plan that’ll solve the problem and take care of Jamie’s bullies at the same time. It’s a secret only he and Teddy know, but if he tells Sandy, maybe she’ll like him more…
This utterly deranged masterpiece mash-up of 70s psychological realism and 80s slasher needs to be seen to be believed, and deserves to be seen with an audience. No matter how detailed the description, nothing can mentally prepare you for…THE PIT.