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Pumpkinhead 1989

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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, 26 minutes

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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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