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




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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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1.85 : 1
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The character of Joel was named after Joel Bender. 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 »


Kim: [talking about Joel and Chris looking for Steve] They should be okay, right? I mean, they took the guns and everything.
Maggie: God is the only thing that can stop what's out there, Kim.
Tracy: [walks over to the drawer and pulls out a large kitchen knife] Just in case God doesn't show.
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Inspired by a poem by Ed Justin See more »


Referenced in Sasquatch Mountain (2006) 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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