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Pumpkinhead (1988)


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A bereaved farmer enlists the aid of a terrifying demon to help avenge his son's death in this stylish horror movie that contains a strong moral. It all begins as gentle widowed farmer/general store owner Ed's beloved 10-year-old son is involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident with an careless unknown motorcyclist. Ed nearly goes berserk with grief and to bring back his son heads to the cabin of a wise old witch to see if she can rejuvenate the youth. Unfortunately, it is beyond her considerable



Aug 1, 2000

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (7) | DVD (9)

Delivers more than ample amounts of full-bodied fantasy.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Typically hollow and patchy, the script is low par for the course, the acting close behind.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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"Pumpkinhead" is horror, fantasy, supernatural thriller and tragedy all wrapped up in an enthralling, phatasmagorically realized whole.

September 11, 2014 Full Review Source:

The design of pumpkin head is brilliant and still immensely striking, despite the film's age.

September 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

MGM has done a great service to Pumpkinhead and its fans with this new Collector's Edition DVD and you'd be a fool to overlook this.

August 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Dread Central
Dread Central

horrific, and quite honorable

August 11, 2008 Full Review Source:

It's all done in such a dislocated, hectic style that it's sometimes difficult to tell what's happening.

June 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Winston has a strong visual sense and a surprisingly good feel for character development.

June 17, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

In spite of being almost twenty years old, this monster movie is still harrowing, creepy, and better than modern horror fare.

July 16, 2007
Film Threat

Great creature, primo Henriksen...Gotta love it.

May 22, 2004
New Times

Creepy, unusual horror film.

April 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A routine horror film.

January 4, 2003 Full Review Source: All Movie Guide
All Movie Guide

Satisfying B-movie fun from effects maestro Stan Winston.

August 9, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

Nothing can appease Ed when he discovers the tragedy, including the apologetic pleas of one of the teenagers.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Audience Reviews for Pumpkinhead

Haggis: You're a fool, Ed Harley.

"A Grim Fairy Tale"

Pumpkinhead is a film that surprised me a great deal. To be honest the only real reason I watched it was because it made sense around the Halloween season, but to my surprise, this is a very underrated movie. It has a nice slow buildup at the start and once the monster comes into play, the film shows off some great scenes. There's a lot to like about Pumpkinhead if you're a horror fan. It has a good and different(at least in birth and appearance) monster, a great middle of nowhere setting, and excellent atmosphere and sets.

Ed Harley is a farmer and single parent of a young boy. They work together all day at a grocery store that Ed owns and their routine is interrupted when some city folks stop by the grocer on their way to a cabin. When one of the teenagers accidentally runs over Ed's boy, Ed takes his son to a local witch because he wants revenge. Hence Pumpkinhead is summoned.

The movie has a look and feel that I just really enjoyed and I really like the simpleness of the villain and story. It's just a really fun and enjoyable horror film that kind of has a little of everything. There's a witch, a demon, a fairy tale, all wrapped into a revenge/monster slasher. It's tough to describe but that's what makes it worth a look. It has a feel that is truly its own.

This may just look like another bad horror film. I mean a monster called Pumkinhead, come on. But really I believe it will surprise viewers who give it a chance. I definitely know it surprised me. Pumkinhead is an excellent horror film for around the Halloween holiday.
October 26, 2013
Melvin White

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The plot is simple, the monster is simple, and the characters are simple... but are they too simple? Why don't we get to know more about the main character? I thought this movie was okay, but I wanted more from it. A little about the history of the Pumpkinhead monster at least.
August 30, 2013

Super Reviewer

In his ungainly, deep-fried directorial debut ‚~Pumpkinhead‚(TM), Stan Winston, the connoisseur of animatronics and practical effects, has crafted another urban legend to rank alongside Candyman and Freddy Krueger. Winston doesn‚(TM)t adhere to the ‚~Jaws‚(TM) rule where Spielberg slowly unveiled the shark in portions. Pumpkinhead‚(TM)s ghoulish, emaciated figure is explicitly shown in a 1957 prologue and he looks like a fragile marionette. The only spine-tingling moment is when Ed (Lance Henriksen) hallucinates his son pleading ‚what did you do daddy?‚?. The harmonica-and-banjo music is too folksy for a gothic horror movie. The teenage rabble in this movie is the stereotypical beer-guzzling punks who snicker at the cannibalistic yokels and Joel, the ringleader, is particularly callous and unsympathetic. On top of that, Winston‚(TM)s voodoo choreography during the stigmatic showdown near a barn is very cumbersome. Notwithstanding the hokey writing, the father-son relationship with Ed and Billy is wrenchingly touching.
October 1, 2012
Cory Taylor

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Great effects, acceptable acting.
July 3, 2011

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