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Pumpkinhead (1988)

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After a tragic accident, a man conjures up a towering, vengeful demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy a group of unsuspecting teenagers.

Director:

Stan Winston

Writers:

Ed Justin (poem), Mark Patrick Carducci (story) | 4 more credits »
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lance Henriksen ... Ed Harley
Jeff East ... Chris
John D'Aquino ... Joel (as John DiAquino)
Kimberly Ross Kimberly Ross ... Kim
Joel Hoffman ... Steve
Cynthia Bain ... Tracy
Kerry Remsen ... Maggie
Florence Schauffler ... Haggis
Brian Bremer ... Bunt
George 'Buck' Flower ... Mr. Wallace (as Buck Flower)
Matthew Hurley Matthew Hurley ... Billy Harley
Lee de Broux ... Tom Harley (as Lee DeBroux)
Peggy Walton-Walker ... 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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Storyline

After a group of teens accidentally kill a young boy named Billy Harley, his father Ed is devastated and the only thing he wants is revenge. He goes to an old woman who is said to be a witch and conjures a demonic creature known as Pumpkinhead, and unleashes him on the teens.

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Taglines:

A Grim Fairy Tale. See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Stan Winston's two children can be glimpsed as members of the Wallace clan. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Pumpkinhead is entering the burned out church, he takes several steps where you can clearly see that he's wearing Nike shoes. (FULLSCREEN ONLY). See more »

Quotes

Bunt: [climbing into the back of Ed Harley's pickup] That old woman scares the piss out of me!
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Crazy Credits

Inspired by a poem by Ed Justin See more »

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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Scariest Movie Monsters (2016) See more »

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Fun eighties horror
18 November 2003 | by goevikesSee all my reviews

I will be the first person to stand up and admit that Pumpkinhead is, in some ways, as silly as it's name, but there's something there. It's just enough to elevate this above much of the other "Dead Teenager" dreck that was thrown at us in the glorious eighties.

First off, the monster is a doozy. Stan Winston was up to his usual standard of excelence and creativity, and he created a creature that, while not actually convincing, is alot scarier and easier to enjoy than most. Pumpkinhead is no Freddy or Michael Meyers, but he delivers.

Second of all, the plot is more intelligent than I have come to expect from slasher flicks. The "Kids" are more thought out than most disposable teens, and their motives are more understandable. They accidently take the life of a child, but most want to do the right thing and go to the authorities. Even the Jerk who doesn't is eventually persuaded. And Harley, the father who is the real hero AND villian of the film is much more human than his actions would suggest.

There is also a good twist at the end which I will not reveal here, only say that surprised me with it's subtlety, which is something you rarely see in a horror film that is more than 2/3 done.

Bottom line, I was pleasently surprised with Pumpkinhead. People who don't like horror films are unlikely to be impressed with it, except on a technical level because the effects and atmosphere are superb, but horror fans looking for a harmless new thrill may find it better than expected. It's smarter, wittier and deeper than the norm.

Pumpkinhead gets 6 out of 10 for technical expertise, great atmosphere and an above average story.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Topanga, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$686,567, 16 October 1988

Gross USA:

$4,385,516

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,385,516
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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