Written and Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Stan Winston
Producer: Bill Blake
Screenwriter: Stan Winston, Richard C. Weinman, et. al.
Date Released: October 14, 1988
Lance Henriksen as Ed Harley
John D’Aquino as Joel
Jeff East as Chris
Kerry Remsen as Maggie
Buck Flower as Mr. Wallace
Kimberly Ross as Kim
Mayim Bialik as Christine Wallace
Rating = 3/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
When a group of mountain bikers accidentally run over a little boy, one man attempts to unleash a demonic monster in order to revenge his son. However, what he doesn’t realize is that everything comes with a price. In the meantime, the group must try to survive against this monster who is hunting them.
Pumpkinhead has some bloody scenes and interesting prosthetic work. In addition, the monster in Pumpkinhead (1988) is also very well-designed. However, many scenes are suggestive and do not show as much blood and gore as you would want to see to make the scene more impactful.
The Grave Review
Lance Henriksen was a very good pick for this film. Henriksen’s character, Ed Harley, was portrayed as being a strong independent, small town individual. The chemistry between Henriksen and his son built both characters in a way that set the foundation of the film’s plot.
The environments and attention to detail also gave Pumpkinhead (1988) a classic horror look that will be sure to bring up some of your childhood memories. Overall, the film itself was entertaining and fun.
Pumpkinhead does not have a complex story but does deliver it in a respectable and well-done way. Further, the twist at the end of the film was also very clever.
For The above-mentioned reasons, Grave Reviews gives Pumpkinhead (1988) three graves out of five graves.
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