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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Cast overview, first billed only:
John D'Aquino ...
Joel (as John DiAquino)
Kimberly Ross ...
Joel Hoffman ...
Cynthia Bain ...
Kerry Remsen ...
Florence Schauffler ...
Brian Bremer ...
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.)
Dick Warlock ...
Clayton Heller (as Richard Warlock)


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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Release Date:

13 January 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vingança do Diabo  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)


$4,385,516 (USA)

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The costume Florence Schauffler wore as Haggis weighed about 65 pounds. See more »


Wires visible several times when Pumpkinhead picks up Bunt by his leg. See more »


Haggis: Who are you?
Ed Harley: Um, Ed Harley. I've come...
Haggis: I'm afraid raising the dead ain't within my power.
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Inspired by a poem by Ed Justin See more »


Referenced in Psych: A Touch of Sweevil (2014) See more »

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The Avenger from Hell
8 September 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the countryside, the quiet hick Ed Harley (Lance Henriksen) raises his beloved son Billy alone, working in his grocery on the side of the road. When three couples from the big city stop off at his store to buy some supplies, their leader Joel (John D'Aquino) accidentally kills Billy with his motorcycle and he does not allow his friends to call for assistance. In his hatred, Ed visits the evil witch Haggis (Florence Schauffler) that conjures the demon avenger Pumpkinhead to destroy the teenagers. Later Ed regrets and tries to call off the deal but he finds the price to be paid.

"Pumpkinhead" is a great slash movie of a demon called Pumpkinhead that is summoned by someone to revenge the death of another person. It is interesting to note that the boy is accidentally killed and five teenagers try to do the right thing, but the question is not to be fair or not: the boy's father is blind by his feeling of revenge, and only after calming down, he unsuccessfully tries to call off the deal, but it is too late. Therefore there is a good message about the danger of a revenge in the end. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Sangue Demoníaco" ("Demoniac Blood")

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