The Laser Blast Film Society Presents: THE PIT

When: April 18, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.

  • PRE-SHOW: 7:30 p.m.
  • FEATURE: 8:00 p.m.

Where: The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, Toronto, ON

What: Laser Blast salutes the 20th anniversary of Canuxsploitation.com with a restoration of the Can-con cult classic THE PIT.

THE PIT (1981)
Dir. Lew Lehman
Cast: Sammy Snyders, Sonja Smits, Jeannie Elias
Runtime: 96 min
Country: Canada
Format: Digital

Whatever you do, you better hope that you don’t get on the wrong side of Jamie, the teddy-bear clutching 12-year-old subject of Canadian horror oddity THE PIT. Because when Jamie’s around, neighbourhood bullies, local livestock and even wheelchair-ridden grannies all have a strange way of ending up at the bottom of a sunken hollow at the edge of town to be devoured by a band of hungry trolls known as the "Tra-la-logs."

Starring Sammy Snyders as Jamie and Jeannie Elias as the babysitter he is unhealthily fixated on, THE PIT is one of the most peculiar Canuxploitation classics from the notorious tax shelter years. Originally conceived by screenwriter Ian Stuart as an earnest exploration of the inner life of an autistic child, the project curiously mutated on its way from page to screen—as often happens when noble intentions and B-movie aesthetics clash. Viewed today, THE PIT more than holds up with its squirm-inducing mixture of pre-teen neuroses and personal vengeance that culminates in a community-wide murder spree that may (or may not be!) dictated by a stuffed animal. When they say "they sure don't make 'em like that anymore!" you know they are definitely talking about THE PIT – Paul Corupe, Canuxploitation.com

The Laser Blast Film Society is made possible in part by the funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.