Pumpkinhead 1989 R CC

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When a group of rambunctious teenagers inadvertently kill his only son, Ed Harley (Henriksen) seeks the magic of a backwoods witch to bring the child back. But when she tells him the child's death is irrevocable, his grief develops into an all-consuming desire...for revenge! Defying superstition, he and the witch invoke 'the pumpkinhead a monstrously clawed and fanged demon which, once reborn, answers only to Ed's bloodlust. But as the invincible creature wreaks its slow, unspeakable tortures on the teens, Ed confronts a horrifying secret about his connection to the beast and realizes that he must find a way to stop its deadly mission before he becomes one with it forever!

Starring:
Lance Henriksen, Jeff East
Runtime:
1 hour, 27 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Horror
Director Stan Winston
Starring Lance Henriksen, Jeff East
Supporting actors John D'Aquino, Kimberly Ross, Joel Hoffman, Cynthia Bain, Kerry Remsen, Florence Schauffler, Brian Bremer, George 'Buck' Flower, Matthew Hurley, Lee de Broux, Peggy Walton-Walker, Chance Michael Corbitt, Dick Warlock, Devon Odessa, Joseph Piro, Mayim Bialik, Jandi Swanson, Robert Fredrickson
Studio MGM
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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211 of 222 people found the following review helpful By David Girod VINE VOICE on 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 62 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 2, 2002
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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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Jon E. Anderson on July 27, 2006
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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Richard Eicholtz on March 1, 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 By Lashaunda D. Guy on October 13, 2006
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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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Lumbert on June 23, 2006
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy R on September 18, 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified 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.
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