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Pumpkinhead (1988)

R  |   |  Horror  |  13 January 1989 (USA)
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A man conjures up a gigantic vengeance demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy the teenagers who accidentally killed his son.

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John D'Aquino ...
Joel (as John DiAquino)
Kimberly Ross ...
Kim
Joel Hoffman ...
Cynthia Bain ...
Kerry Remsen ...
Florence Schauffler ...
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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)
Chance Michael Corbitt ...
Eddie Harley (as Chance Corbitt Jr.)
Dick Warlock ...
Clayton Heller (as Richard Warlock)
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A group of city kids go into the country to relax. While there, one of them is involved in a biking accident that takes the life of the son of the local storekeeper. In a fit of rage, the storekeeper has a witch unleash an unstoppable demon called "Pumpkinhead" to kill the group. When he realizes he's gone too far, the storekeeper attempts to save the kids, but is continually afflicted by visions of peoples' deaths through the eyes of the monster. Written by Fenris Wolf

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13 January 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vingança do Diabo  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,385,516 (USA)
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The one scene that made Lance Henriksen most want to take the role was where the deceased Billy sits up and asks his father what he's done. See more »

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When the old woman is resurrecting Pumpkinhead, she cuts Billy's wrist or hand and blood trickles out. As he has been dead for several hours, this would be impossible. See more »

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Well Made Horror with Soul!
16 January 2006 | by (winnipeg, mb, canada) – See all my reviews

This film is pretty classy for a horror film. Everything about this movie has such simplicity, the plot deals with themes of "KARMA" and "VENGANCE", as the movie opens with A family locking themselves in their cabin while a man is stalked and killed outside, the little boy of the family peeks outside and sees the man being killed by a monster in the shadows. It's now the present and the little boy is a grown man ED HARLEY (THE GREAT LANCE) who is a widower and has a small boy. All is fine and dandy until a group of city kids, a motor bike accident, a creepy witch, and a demon that is resurrected and called "PUMPKINHEAD" changes all that, ED and the teens find out the hard way that "WHAT COMES AROUND GOES AROUND".

Great Monster...I remember the design for Pumpkinhead gave me the creeps..especially the far shots of it hiding in trees, the first opening chase scene is creepy because you don't understand what is going on. The witch scenes are also done with so much dread...I love it.

Stan Winston is a very talented director giving the simple monster after teens story more depth and soul. I really felt for Ed and his Grief. How many horror movies do you know that do that?...The blue and orange filters really give the film a nice look. A forest never seemed creepy.

The soundtrack hits all the right notes and elevates the movie to more creepy level.

Some minor complaints would have to be the teens don't get enough screen time..I liked the majority of them but they get killed way too soon (you'll see)...more range and development would have been nice...but on a whole..this movie is all good...nice direction..and themes. Creepy Ending

*** out of ****


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