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Pumpkinhead (1988)

After a tragic accident, a man conjures up a towering, vengeful demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy a group of unsuspecting teenagers.

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Joel (as John DiAquino)
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Mr. Wallace (as Buck Flower)
Matthew Hurley ...
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Tom Harley (as Lee DeBroux)
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Ellie Harley (as Peggy Walton Walker)
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Eddie Harley (as Chance Corbitt Jr.)
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Clayton Heller (as Richard Warlock)
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Storyline

After a group of bikers accidentally murder a young boy named Billy Harley his father Ed harley is devastated and the only thing he wants is revenge and goes to an old woman who is said to be a witch and conjures a demonic creature known as pumpkin head and with Revenge on his Mind unleashes him upon the bikers. Written by devint-16816

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Fantasy | Horror

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13 January 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vengeance: The Demon  »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,385,516 (USA)
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Trivia

Because of Stan Winston's request, the screenwriters made both Pumpkinhead and Haggis (the old woman), much darker than in the original script. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Pumpkinhead is entering the burned out church, he takes several steps where you can clearly see that he's wearing Nike shoes. (FULLSCREEN ONLY). See more »

Quotes

Haggis: You're a fool, Ed Harley.
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Crazy Credits

Inspired by a poem by Ed Justin See more »

Connections

Referenced in Pumpkinhead Unearthed (2008) See more »

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Very well executed film
22 March 2001 | by (the bathroom) – See all my reviews

This film stands as one of the most underrated I have seen. It has a compelling story of a father's love and the powerful grip of vengeful desires. It is well acted, has amazing creature affects, and takes the road less traveled by most horror films. It takes no easy ways out. The plot prefers to turn slowly into a gnarled tale of battling with an inner demon. The lighting in the fog and the mere visual presence of the witch, Haggis, with her wispy hairs in the fire light, are genuinely creepy. I think Lance Henriksen gives one of his best performances in this film. Definitely give it a look if you haven't yet.


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