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PUMPKINHEAD (1988)


There are few horror movies I have missed over the years. Or so I keep telling myself as I stumble over films that I've heard of but never have sat through. Case in point: 1988's Pumpkinhead, which was the directorial debut of makeup effect guru Stan Winston (who is the proud owner of four Academy Awards for said effects). It's a shame the story is so plain and familiar because Pumpkinhead LOOKS great! The plot: Ed (Lance Hendrickson) and his cute little boy run a general store in an area that's as rural as it gets. A bunch of teenage campers with dirt bikes stop by the store to get some supplies and to go VROOM-VROOM with their bikes. Then Ed realizes he's forgotten some seeds he's promised to one of the neighbors and drives back home to get it. Before you know it, his cute little boy is accidentally hit by a bike and succumbs to his injuries. Ed is distraught and visits the local witch - he wants revenge on these kids and she obliges by raising up the demon Pumpkinhead (pretty sure no one in the film calls him that, at least to his face). It then goes after the campers one by one like an orange Jason and takes them out. Meanwhile, Ed has second thoughts and realizes that he and Pumpkie are bonded. He then fights the vegetable from hell to try and save what kids are left. Like I said, there are some nice effects and really memorable shots by Winston, but the story is extremely pedestrian. How this spawned a bunch of sequels is beyond me because Winston's visuals are the only reason to watch this. Hendrickson is all right but it looks like he weighs 22 pounds he's so thin and gaunt. So if you happen across this, opt for a slice of pumpkin pie instead. 


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