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Pumpkinhead (1988)

 -  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)
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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)
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)  »

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Vengeance: The Demon  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)

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$4,385,516 (USA)
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Body count: 7. (4 killed by Pumpkinhead). See more »

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When Ed picks up the unconscious Billy after the accident, the kid's arms are around his neck as he walks away. When it cuts to the front view, the arms are down by Billy's sides. See more »

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Haggis: Who are you?
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Haggis: I'm afraid raising the dead ain't within my power.
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Stylish well made horror movie.
20 November 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Ed Harley (Lance Henriksen) is a poor but hard working man, who cares for his only son Billy (Matthew Hurley) after his wife dies. Harley also owns a small grocery store. When a group of young people (Jeff East, John D'Aquino, The late Kimberly Ross, Joel Hoffman, Cynthia Bain and Kerry Resmen) accidentally kills Harley's son, when two of the guys of the group were trying their dirt-bikes. After Harley leaves his son for several minutes for business. While some of the group are trying to get call for help and the others are hiding in their cabin for the weekend. When Harley finds his son dead, he gets mad and he seeks for vengeance of his son's killer. He decides to go see a old witch named Haggis (Florence Schauffler) and Harley tries to find out about an old Urban Legend if it's true. This legend is about an revenge seeking demon that could be brought back to life by this witch but it's only works if Harley gives part of his soul to this demon by giving his blood and the blood of his dead son. When the deal is done by bringing back this creature for finding revenge. Harley finds out that the creature can't be done and there's no turning back, until the monster finds all for those who are responsible for his son's death. The only way, it could be stopped if Harley kills himself and saves his soul before it's too late.

Directed by Four Time Oscar-Winner:Stan Winston (T2 3-D:Battle Across Time) made an well directed horror/fantasy/thriller that is well acted, well produced and strikingly photographed by Bojan Bazelli (Dangerous Beauty, Kalifornia, The Ring "2002"). Winston, who's best known as a Make-Up Artist/Creature Designer. Since this was his first film as a filmmaker, he didn't have time to supervised the creature effects of this movie. But it was created by his F/X studio and Tom Woodruff Jr. (Who works with Winston on many films before), he plays the title role of the film. Perphas the problem of the movie that is not entirely original on storytelling or dialogue. But Winston and his cinematographer keeps this lively minor cult classic interesting. Character-Actor:Henriksen is excellent as usual in this kind of movie. This picture went on to have three sequels and "Pumpkinhead" is the kind of film that plays well on Halloween night. This was the last film to be produced by the short-lived infamous studio:DEG (De Laurentiis Entertainment Group). But United Artists brought the film for a limited release and it came out in 1989, after it was filmed in the fall of 1987. Despite for some serious flaws in the movie, this picture is worth a look. Horror Fans will impressive with this 1980's gem. (*** ½/*****).


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