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The Pit / Teddy
Directed by Lew Lehman
Produced by Bennet Fode/John F. Bassett(executive producer)
Written by Ian A. Stuart
Music by Victor Davies
Cinematography Manfred Guthe
Editing by Rik Morden
Distributed by Amulet Pictures/Ambassador Film Distributors/New World Pictures/Embassy Home Entertainment
Release date(s) 1981
Running time 92-97 min
Country  Canada
Language English

The Pit is a 1981 Canadian horror film starring Sammy Snyders.



Jamie Benjamin is a misfit 12 year old boy, hated by both his classmates and the adults who live in his small town. His only friend is a stuffed bear named Teddy, whom he regularly holds conversations with. On the cusp of puberty, Jamie develops an unhealthy obsession with girls. So when his parents go away on a business trip and leave the attractive psychology student Sandy O’Reilly to babysit him, he falls completely in love with her.

In the forest, Jamie has found a pit full of mysterious creatures, which he calls “Tra-la-logs”. Although he decides to take care of them by feeding them raw meat, he soon runs out of money. Teddy suggests feeding the people who tormented him to the Tra-la-logs, and Jamie takes his advice. After he runs out of people, he takes Sandy to the pit, where she accidentally falls in and is eaten by the monsters. Jamie, who is becoming more unhinged, lowers a rope into the pit, and the Tra-la-logs escape. After rampaging through the town, they are shot by the local militia and buried in the pit. In order to avoid panic, the killings are blamed on “wild dogs”.

Jamie goes to live with his grandparents. He meets a young girl named Alicia, and they seem to hit it off right away. They go playing in the woods, where they find another pit full of monsters. “They’re Trogs”, Jamie says, “they eat people!” Alicia replies, “Yes, I know”, and pushes Jamie into the pit.


Ian A. Stuart’s original screenplay was considerably different than the final film. In his screenplay, Jamie was 8 or 9 years old, and the Tra-la-logs were figments of his imagination. When Lew Lehman signed on to direct, he made Jamie older, the monsters real, and added more humor to the original script. Stuart has expressed dissatisfaction with the final result.[1]


The film was shot in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and released in theatres in 1981. Due to its unusual premise and Sammy Snyders' effective performance, it has retained a small cult following.


Teddy by John Gault is a novelization of the film published in 1980.[2] It appears to be adhere closer to Ian A. Stuart's original screenplay than the finished film, containing more character development and a far darker tone.


  • Sammy Snyders as Jamie Benjamin
  • Jeannie Elias as Sandy O'Reilly
  • Sonja Smits as Mrs. Lynde
  • Laura Hollingsworth as Marg Livingstone
  • John Auten as Library Janitor
  • Laura Press as Mrs. Benjamin
  • Paul Grisham as Freddy
  • Wendy Schmidt as Christina


  1. ^ "Interview with Ian Stuart". Retrieved 2009-11-30.  
  2. ^ Gault, John (1980). Teddy. New York: Bantam. ISBN 0770415989.  

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