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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel (as John DiAquino)
Kimberly Ross ...
Mr. Wallace (as Buck Flower)
Matthew Hurley ...
Tom Harley (as Lee DeBroux)
Ellie Harley (as Peggy Walton Walker)
Chance Michael Corbitt ...
Eddie Harley (as Chance Corbitt Jr.)
Clayton Heller (as Richard Warlock)


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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Release Date:

13 January 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vengeance: The Demon  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Film debut of Mayim Bialik. See more »


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 »


Bunt: [climbing into the back of Ed Harley's pickup] That old woman scares the piss out of me!
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Very well executed film
22 March 2001 | by 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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