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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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Mr. Wallace (as Buck Flower)
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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)  »

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Vengeance: The Demon  »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,385,516
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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

After Ed Harley shakes off the dog that's biting his arm, you can see an obvious shield under his sleeve where the dog had latched on. See more »

Quotes

Tracy: Can't you stop this? Can't you call it off?
Ed Harley: Nothin' can call it off...
[lights flamethrower]
Ed Harley: ...but I'm gonna send it back to whatever the Hell it come from!
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Inspired by a poem by Ed Justin See more »

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Underrated Horror Flick
13 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

Pumpkinhead is a criminally overlooked 80's horror movie that stands up there as one of my favorites of the entire decade. It is exceptionally well made by first time director Stan Winston who shows more skill behind the camera than one might expect from someone primarily known for special effects. Most of the lead actors do a very good job, with a few exceptions, however Lance Henriksen brings an enormous amount of credibility to the whole thing. I have great respect for character actors such as Lance and this is some of his best work. The creature itself is well conceived however it is hidden in shadows throughout most the picture which allows the actors and the story to take center stage, much to the film's benefit. Overall this is one of the best Halloween movies ever made as that is the perfect time of year to watch this movie. It's dark, it's Gothic, and it's damn cool.


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