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« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2001, 04:07:58 PM »

My friends and I discovered this movie in about 1986.  It was pretty bad but i loved when Jamie gets sucker punched by the leader of the club he wants to join.  I laughed my ass off the first time i ever saw that.  Another favorite is when the neighbor girl rigs her bicycle and sets him up for an accident.
« Reply #16 on: November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM »

Man I thought The Pit was great. I bought it when a video store was going out of buisness for $5.00. Great fun for a night! I've seen it multiple times now, and one question remains unanswered...what is with the comment that Jamie's mom washes him a lot? I don't know what that is trying to get at. My favorite part was when Teddy was looking at the snapshots of Miss Livingston and says "I'm gonna look at these a lot." A porn loving stuffed animal...what more could you want?
« Reply #17 on: November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM »

This is for Michael--want to know where Sam is? If you're ever in Toronto, check the newspapers for small dance/theatrical productions.  Sam dropped the acting routine and has concentrated on teaching and studying dance.  I haven't been home myself in years but next time I see him I'll be sure and tell him about this website.  He'll get a big kick out of it.
Jim Terrell
« Reply #18 on: November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM »


Since you live in Beaver Dam, I was wondering if you knew what has happened to the cast members who were from the area. I'd appreciate any info. Thanks.
Ian Stuart
« Reply #19 on: November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM »

I'm the writer, folks, and I would like to quote a psychiatrist who read the original script. "This is an excellent fictional depiction of a psychotic 9-year-old." Now the producer after it was produced. "I'm sorry, Ian. We took your script and turned it into a Grade-B piece of garbage. We should have looked at some of the films the director made before we turned him loose on your script." The boy was supposed to be nine and the creatures products of his imagination. In fact all the events from the time his babysitter slaps his face do not actually happen except in his psyche. Jamie is based on a real psychotic child who created monsters he believed would elimninate anyone who offended him and the boy would then refuse to recognize that they existed. Instead of a nine year old (five child actors had already been selected for him to choose from) the director decided to cast a 12 year old with the phsyical body of a fourteen year old - hopelessly inappropriate - and it went from bad to worse. Sorry it's so bad folks. I wrote a COMPLETELY different screenplay.
« Reply #20 on: November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM »

My mother rented this movie for me when I was really young, back in the day when you could find anything in a movie store.  I think that to this day that this movie is still disturbing for someone my age to have seen so young, because I have had nightmares about the tra-la-logs. Im 20 now I don't think I have seen it since I was 5 years old. Im just waiting to find this movie once again so I can show it to my children when they are not expecting it.
« Reply #21 on: November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM »

I am from Beaver Dam as well and would just like to say that it's not THAT bad.  Ok it is.

Jim... as for your question:  I can answer it.  I know a number of actors in the Beaver Dam area and they are doing fine.  They are mostly retired now.  The gentleman who told Jamie to "Get down" from the fire escape is John Auten, southern Wisconsin acting legend and local star!  He has been in numerous plays and a few films, as well as directing a few plays.  They are great men, I say.  Great!

This movie is a fun romp in the world of Tra-la-logs!

(Sidenote...Fred MacMurray (The original "Absent Minded Professor" and father on "My Three Sons" was also born, raised and went to school in Beaver Dam.)  Neat, huh?
Todd Shields
« Reply #22 on: November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM »

The worst part of this movie is how the makers tried to portray the little retard as a 'sympathic' character (Like Lenny of OF MICE AND MEN fame) when all he is is a little pervert like I was when I was his age (nobody felt sorry for me, god dammit!).
One the other hand, seeing him feed all the film's jerkoffs was kinda fun, especially the old bitty.
« Reply #23 on: December 17, 2003, 12:09:20 AM »

I saw this movie years ago and it scared the s**t out of me.... I wish i had a pit to throw people in......
« Reply #24 on: November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM »

I remember the first time I saw this movie. I tricked my dad into letting me rent it, after my mom had forbid it (I was about 7 or 8 the first time I saw it). Needless to say, I got in trouble when my mom found me watching this movie. This movie has a special place in my heart. I now own the movie on VHS and watch maybe once a year or so. I even have an original movie poster hanging in my bedroom. As I got older, I realized more and more how brilliant this movie is in its badness. For one, the plot. What's this movie about anyway? A story about an autistic boy? A story about a young man's obsession with his baby sitter? A talking teddy bear that urges its owner to kill? A pervert who is constantly pulling some sort of perverted prank? Or a movie about a kid who feeds people to his Trogs? All of these themes are in this movie, and few movies can even come close to mixing this many odd plot lines into one movie. This movie pulls it off and while the result may be unwatchable, you have to admire the effort. Sammy Snyders (Jamie) pulls off a great performance. It's not oscar worthy by any means, but he certainly stands out in a movie that will never itself stand out among others. Jeannie Elias (Sandy) is probably the only person in the movie you might somewhat recognize. She went on to do some voices for cartoons, and even had a small part in a couple Seinfeld episodes (The Bris is the only one I can remember her being in). I'm a fan of B-Horror movies, and this movie is in my top five favorite bad movies of all time. Right up there with "The Gate" and "Re-Animator." I wish I had the money to personaly get this movie onto DVD, because a DVD release is long overdo. Especially considering the kind of bad horror movies that already have a DVD release ("The Gate" again comes to mind). Watch this movie, if you can find it. You've never seen anything quite like it.
« Reply #25 on: November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM »

This movie is awesome. I loved how they played this up beat circus music when Jamie is killing all of those people. It is also funny when teddy says about the naked pictures,"I'll be looking at these for a long time."
« Reply #26 on: November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM »

 I thought it was a great movie. I still don't understand why the bear was talking but I'll figure it out.
« Reply #27 on: November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM »

It is coming out on DVD, bub :o). R1, late 2004, in a doublepack with some probably even lamer horror whose title I can't recall.
Joe Kennedy, Lutz Florida
« Reply #28 on: November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM »

I was actually born in the house that this film was shot at looking for any type of still frames memoriblia so to speek
« Reply #29 on: September 22, 2004, 01:20:13 PM »

Ok, I saw this movie when I was around four years old, and it deeply disturbed me. It brought on my first panic attack and several years of nightmares. Once I got older I tried to find out the name of this movie and finally after five years I have found it!!! I am going to try to locate a copy so that I can once and for all conquer my fears:)
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