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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 ...
Joel Hoffman ...
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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Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)


$4,385,516 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The two dirt bikes driven by Joel and Steve are an orange 1983 Honda CR250 and a green 1985 Kawasaki KX 250. See more »


When Pumpkinhead drops Joel, there's no gun barrel protruding from his back. Additionally, the gun stock flops around like it's made of rubber. 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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Inspired by a poem by Ed Justin See more »


References First Blood (1982) See more »

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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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