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Pumpkinhead (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]
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208 of 219 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon April 27, 2005
Format: DVD
Pumpkinhead is an orignal and at times, a pretty frightening little horror movie. The film builds suspense, and gives you real characters, not just usual horror film slaughter fodder. If you have not seen this little forgotten gem do yourself a favor, pick it up, and block off a late Saturday night to watch it with the lights off, and big old bowl of popcorn near to hand. BUT....by all means, avoid reading most of the reviews posted. Most of the reviewers here are not reviewing the movie, so much as detailing all of the events that occur in the film!! WHY do so many people feel obliged to not only give away major plot points of a film, but basically run down the entire script of the film...I mean really, after reading some of the reviews posted here, the only thing left to watch the film for is to see who provided the catering on the set!! I highly recommend this movie like most of the other reviewers here....but you will enjoy the film so much more if you go into it not knowing what to expect!
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
Stan Winston, who is possibly the greatest makeup artist and creature effect artist ever, directed this unusually good horror film. Lance Henriksen stars as Ed Harley, a man who wants revenge against the city folk who accidently killed his son. He goes to a witch that lives near a swamp and she conjures up Pumpkinhead, a monster that will get revenge on the yuppies. However, Ed begins to realize that he has made a mistake, and he tries to stop the monster he helped unleash. Henriksen is unbelieveably good in his role, and it may be the best of his career. Stan Winston did a great job as director and its a shame he hasn't directed anything since. As with the original Halloween, Pumpkinhead is a horror movie that pulls off being scary and good at the same time without buckets of blood and gore being splashed every other scene. Highly recommended.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
One of the few movies of the "gothic horror" genre that truly follows the "recipe" of having a moral. The slow transformation of Ed Harley into the creature due solely to his anger and quest for revenge is a lesson to be learned by all of us. Being a Lance Henriksen fan, I thought his role as Ed Harley was his best and "Buck" Flower was great in a supporting role. And anyone who has seen this movie can't help but carry the vision of Haggis in their memory. And Stan Winston, well, what more do you have to know. He is one of the best. Truly an overlooked classic. I have often characterized this movie as "Alien" meets "Deliverance" , but, unlike Alien or Predator, this is a creature with a mission.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2006
Format: DVD
This is a movie that I wish got the respect it deserves, but it never will. True horror fans will appreciate the true scariness of this movie and the suspense tied all through it.

In a time where scary movies are hard to come by this movie is a slept on throwback classic. Check this movie out in a dark room at night alone and you will really find an appreciation for it I guaranree it.

I didn't describe the movie because I don't want to spoil it for you just buy it now and enjoy.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
Oh my goodness. i had to look up this movie, and sure enough, it still scares the hell outta me, i wanna buy it just for memory sake, but i dont think i can watch it. i remember viewing the movie as a child in '89, and you talk about terrified, i dont think any of these so-called HORROR films hold candles to these 80's classics.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
I just watched this movie again last night, and it definitely stands up as a great horror flick even now. This is one of those movies that will never get old. I just wish they would release a DVD version with 5.1 surround sound!!!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon February 22, 2006
Format: DVD
This is a fine quality horror film that doesn't get the honor it should. This isn't just another monster in the woods chasing teenagers movie. This is a tale of revenge, regret and retribution. Good acting, lead by Lance Henrikson highlight this film, along with some incredibly creepy settings. Special effects did a great job with Pumpkinhead himself. If you are a fan of horror, go grab this one.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2014
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
I am a huge fan of this movie and have owned the VHS, two DVD's, and now the Blu Ray version.. I also own quite a few of the Shout/Scream Factory Collector's Editions, and am normally very satisfied..

Upon comparison of this title, I noticed that the picture quality is really no different from the 2008 MGM Collector's Edition DVD release, which was also 16x9 1.85:1, and is still readily available, new, here, on Amazon, (as of today) for $8.35. Sure, there are a few additional features in the way of several new interviews, additional trailers for upcoming/additional Scream Factory releases (Squirm, Motel Hell & It Came Without Warning), there is a new 5.1 mix (the CE DVD was only in Surround) and there's a cool reversible cover (standard for Shout/Scream CE releases) which features the Original UA Theatrical artwork from 1988. The remaining special features are also on the CE DVD. Sadly, even though the film is in 1080p, neither the CE DVD, nor the Blu Ray are re-mastered in HD, which is why they looked the same.

The Scream Factory's Blu Ray of "The Fog" clearly states "a new HD transfer from the negative". It doesn't state anywhere on the "Pumpkinhead" Blu packaging that the film is at all re-mastered in HD, only that the "Pumpkinhead Unearthed" Featurette is "now in HD" (above, in Amazon's product description). Older movies weren't shot in HD, so just stating 1080p doesn't necessarily mean it's re-mastered in HD. Hell, even Millcreek and Echobridge budget Blu Rays claim to be in 1080p.

For this price, I honestly expected more; or at least a combo disc.. So, unless you're a die hard fan of this film, save some bucks and get/or stick with the 2008 CE DVD instead, or at least wait until the price of the Blu drops,or you can pick it up used.

Trivial note for purists and film geeks only: The film was originally purchased from D.E.G. (who went bankrupt) and was released by United Artists in the fall of '88, and it had that cool sliding UA opening which I loved in the late 80's, and it added to the ambiance and mood of the film.. The packaging, credits and trailer have always said United Artists, and there were a number of UA titles, which upon updating and re-mastering by MGM, received one of the two newer UA intros, but not this title. The latest UA opening (created around 2000) is still the coolest of theirs to date (imo)..

Back when it first came to DVD in 2000 it was changed to an MGM opening (Yes, I realize MGM owns UA and that MGM always appeared at the beginning). When it was released in the 2008 CE, it was changed to a modified and silent MGM/UA Communications opening, with no UA reveal. Back in the day, depending on the title, it would snap open after the MGM Communications, and reveal either the MGM or the sliding blue UA logo.. Anyway, the Blu Ray is the same as the 2008 CE DVD..

I do realize this is not something that the average person nor even the avid fan would even care about or notice, but for hardcore fans who grew up watching the film, it does matter to an extent.. It's part of the film, which is why studios cater their opening logos to the mood of the film, and have for decades.

I also noted in my recent Prom Night (Synapse) Blu review that it too was missing the iconic Avco/Embassy opening, which (for me)set the mood for that film.. and A/E is talked about and given accolades all through it's extras.. It's the same thing here.. However, in the case of Pumpkinhead, I think it was probably an error by someone doing the authoring who just didn't know or cared and no one ever corrected.. Oh well... I said it was trivial (lol)
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
This new collector's edition of Stan Winston's PUMPKINHEAD includes:

- Audio commentary track featuring co-screenwriter Gary Gerani and creature FX creators Tom Woodruff, Jr. and Alec Gillis moderated by Scott Spiegel

- Seven new featurettes, totaling an hour

- Behind-the-scenes video

- Stills gallery

The movie is widescreen for the first time ever. However, this widescreening was created by simply matting off the top and bottom of the full-frame image. There does not seem to be a definitive source available on the internet, but many believe the film was shot full-frame and then matted off when shown theatrically. If this is true, then this latest DVD does indeed approximate the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The old 'full frame' version of the movie, however, will show you the extra imagery at the top and bottom of the now-matted frame. I don't think we're losing anything. In fact, this new edition is so much more clean, crisp and vibrant than the old disc, it will blow your mind.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2014
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
PUMPKINHEAD
A film about a ancient Demon named PUMPKINHEAD brought back by Ed Harley to seek revenge
on a Group of reckless teenagers that accidentally killed his little boy in a Motocross accident
Silly plot/storyline but Directed by Stan winston,
this film marks the first time the special creature effects master Stan winston in the Director's chair
while Stan winston's special effects team made the PUMPKINHEAD Demon
stan winston is mostly famous for the creature's from ALIENS, TERMINATOR James cameron film's,
& the PREDATOR creature from PREDATOR 1 & 2
and many other creatures/monsters he made for other films
this Low budget Horror from 1988 was first released on DVD by MGM back in 2002
with no extras and a Mono soundtrack

fast forward til 2014, Scream factory has released this film on blu-ray for the first time ever
with a brand new High Definition transfer in 1:85:1 widescreen with a new 5.1 master audio soundtrack
and i tell you what the picture quality and 5.1 master audio track is much better than the old MGM release
much much clearer picture quality on the blu-ray

Scream factory have also given PUMPKINHEAD blu-ray a massive special features respect
about close to 80mins of all new featurettes which can be played continously by clicking play all on the menu
EVOLUTION OF A DEMON, THE CURSED AND THE DAMNED, TORTURED SOUL OF ED HARLEY
CONSTRUCTING VENGEANCE, RAZORBACK HOLLER & DEMONIC TOYS
some of the featurettes here are all new interviews with most of the cast from the film
and other featurettes are interviews with stan winston's special effects team that worked on the Pumpkinhead costume
there's also Behind the scenes on set footage from 1988.
there is also a new Tribute to stan winston featurette
and the list goes on
this new Collector's edition by scream factory is Definitely for big fans of PUMPKINHEAD
for me personally i'm not big fan of the film, but i did enjoy watching all the interviews from the Actors/actresses
who gave recollections on the making of the film

so definitely throw out the old MGM release
and get this new blu-ray release , Definitely worth 5 stars for sure
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