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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Joel Hoffman ...
Cynthia Bain ...
Brian Bremer ...
Mr. Wallace (as Buck Flower)
Matthew Hurley ...
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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)


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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Cruel, devious, pure as venom. All hell's broken loose. See more »


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13 January 1989 (USA)  »

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A Vingança do Diabo  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)


$4,385,516 (USA)

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Lance Henriksen gathered all of the silver dollars himself by visiting several pawn shops. He said that most of them fell through the floorboards of Haggis' shack, where they may still lie. 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 »


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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Followed by Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud (2007) See more »

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Underrated Horror Flick
13 April 2007 | by (Maine, USA) – 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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