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Pumpkinhead 2:Blood Wings [VHS]

3.3 out of 5 stars 99 customer reviews


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Product Details

  • Actors: Andrew Robinson, Ami Dolenz, Soleil Moon Frye, J. Trevor Edmond, Hill Harper
  • Directors: Jeff Burr
  • Writers: Constantine Chachornia, Andrew Osborne, Ivan Chachornia, Will Huston
  • Producers: Ann Narus, Brad Krevoy, Constantine Chachornia
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • VHS Release Date: August 31, 1999
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303217125
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,401 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

After a group of teenagers indirectly cause an old witch to be burned, they accidentaly revive Pumpkinhead. This time Pumpkinhead is inhabited by the soul of a deformed orphan killed 30 years before. He goes on a bloody rampage after his tormentors and the teenagers. Meanwhile, a local sheriff tries to solve the mystery and stop the murders.

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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Whereas Stan Winston's 1988 horror classic "Pumpkinhead" was a well made moody creature feature with gothic overtones, the in name only direct to video 1994 sequel "Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings" is complete schlock. While by no means a good film, everybody involved clearly had their tongues firmly planted in their cheeks. I have always felt like the Pumpkinhead monster felt shoe horned into the script and the extras on Scream Factory's special edition bluray release confirm this fact. The producers had a script completely unrelated to Pumpkinhead but found they needed to make a sequel fast or they would lose the rights so a hasty rewrite was done to make it a Pumpkinhead sequel. It also has pretty much nothing to do with the 1988 original other than the title creature. If you kept the right frame of mind, this movie can be a hoot and a half to watch with some friends and some cold alcoholic beverages. It really makes no sense at all but director Jeff Burr (who I still feel is incapable of properly directing a film and staging scenes properly) keeps things moving along at a brisk 89 minutes and it is never boring.

The cast contains some fan favorites such as Andrew Robinson in a starring role as the sheriff and Linnea Quigley and Kane Hodder in smaller roles. The cast playing the teens are alright overall. The creature is seen too much but this does help to add to the film's (unintentional?) humor. None of the rural and Gothic tones of the original are present and instead everything is presented in overly at times slick fashion. But somehow it all works.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I remember liking this a lot more when I was in high school. Used to catch it on cable (might have aired on USA Up All Night, or maybe Joe Bob Briggs--can't recall exactly). While the first film is a must see classic, this sequel is a little bland. The performances are decent though, it's just the story isn't nearly as strong as the original.
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Format: VHS Tape
I saw the original PUMPKINHEAD years ago, but with the advance of arcus senilis, I can't remember too much about it, other than I thought it was good. Hence, PUMPKINHEAD 2 isn't as bad for me as other reviewers since the first wasn't fresh in my mind. With that said, though, I admit the acting was pretty bad, particularly with Linnea Quigley, Steve Kanaly (Dallas), Roger Clinton (the hairy mayor?), and J. Trevor Howard (the villainous Danny). You can telegraph every death, but the effects are allright, if you keep your expectations at a lower level. The monster itself looked good sometimes, and bad at others. However, I've seen worse (for instance, TAIL STING..Now THERE'S A HORRORBLE MOVIE!!). Anyway, rent it sometime, but don't spend money on it.
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I should give this movie 2 stars, but it is not quite that bad, though it is bad enough. The original movie was imaginative and creative, but the sequel seems to fall into B-movie land without a look back. Worse, the legend of Pumpkinhead was rewritten, though it need not have been.

This movie stays solidly in horror movie cliché land from beginning to end. A group of teens torment a deformed little boy, eventually dropping the lad into a well. Years later another group of teens awaken the lad, only now he has turned into the evil Pumpkinhead. Murder and mayhem ensue.

The two big problems with this movie are that the basic plot shows little imagination and the acting is awful. Other than that, the movie is pretty good. Of course, the acting and the plot are the majority of a movie, and the special effects are nothing to write home about, so you have to start wondering whether two stars would have been a better choice. However, this movie is somewhat redeemed by a "boo" factor. Pumpkinhead appears (or throws bodies about) in a periodically scary way. Nothing like a monster jumping out from behind a building to give you a jump.

"Pumpkinhead 2" is not an awful movie. The movie does provide a few minor chills. However, the choice of the movie name is unfortunate. Other than the general appearance of the creature, reinventing the mythology is confusing for those of us that liked the first movie. Perhaps they should have called it "Pumpkinhead: Resurrection," and explained that Pumpkinhead creatures came from certain circumstances that are now repeating for the second time. Oh well. The movie is in the can and you have to either take it, warts and all, or pass it by. It's worth at least one watch if you are a diehard horror movie fan.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I purchased the original Pumpkinhead and decided to order this too. The only thing that I remembered about this sequel was that Punky Brewster was in it. This movie is sooooo bad! It's not the good bad either. It sucks. The writing, the acting, the story, the directing...everything. It has no connections to the original film. The creature and the witch are different characters from the first film as is the location. Normally I wouldn't mind that there is a stand alone film with no ties to any of the others, but this movie was terrible. I added it to my pile of things to sell at the local used book/record store.
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