In need for satisfying my craving for good ol' fashioned Canadian horror, I finally popped in THE PIT last night. What a weird little picture, totally tame but at the same time very disturbing. The bombastic orchestral music made it sound like some really watered down TV movie, but the monsters in the pit eviscerating women and children seemed totally against that. Best, and most disturbing, of all though, was the lead performance by little Sammy Snyders. Not since Joshua in TROLL 2 has a child's performance been so intense. He totally inhabited the perverse little world of an autistic boy, with his tell-tale confessions to his teddy bear or his perverted ideals of goodness. He had some great one liners, my favorite being: "Do you know why my mother washes me so much?" "You were pretty on the outside, but not pretty on the inside." He kind of reminded me of a young version of Ezra Cobb, from the equally Canadian DERANGED. After he witnesses his loved one fall into the pit, his crying spell on the bed has an intensity to it that makes Corey Feldman's bedside spasm upon seeing breasts in FRIDAY THE 13TH THE FINAL CHAPTER seem sedated. The effects work was pretty good too, with some nice shots of innards and some convincing creature effects. The thing that sets it apart most though is its tone, which is what a fellow friend called a "Canadian horror movie and After-School Special gone terribly, terribly wrong." The whole idea is totally not scary, a helpless child throwing clueless people into a pit, but at the same time I would never want to move even remotely near Jamie's residence. Alongside Joshua from TROLL 2 and Bob from HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY, little Sammy Snyders has risen above classifications of good and bad acting and has taken his performance into something unclassifyingly brilliant. I had a lot of fun with this movie, and one that I will remember for a long time, thanks to its sheer weirdness and Snyders' performance. There have been some threads half dedicated to this movie, but hopefully in this one we can get a good discussion devoted entirely to the film. So whaddya think?