Pumpkinhead

Pumpkinhead

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Director: Stan Winston

Cast: Lance Henriksen, Jeff East, John D'Aquino

     
 

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A bereaved farmer enlists the aid of a terrifying demon to help avenge his son's death in this stylish horror movie that contains a strong moral. It all begins as gentle widowed farmer/general store owner Ed's beloved 10-year-old son is involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident with an careless unknown motorcyclist. Ed nearly goes berserk with grief and to bring back

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A bereaved farmer enlists the aid of a terrifying demon to help avenge his son's death in this stylish horror movie that contains a strong moral. It all begins as gentle widowed farmer/general store owner Ed's beloved 10-year-old son is involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident with an careless unknown motorcyclist. Ed nearly goes berserk with grief and to bring back his son heads to the cabin of a wise old witch to see if she can rejuvenate the youth. Unfortunately, it is beyond her considerable powers so Ed, now equally desperate for revenge, invokes the legendary Pumpkinhead, a terrifying demon with the power to make the biker pay. One by one, Pumpkinhead dispatches the terrified cyclist and his friends, leaving Ed to reconsider his rashness. He tries to call the demon back, but by then it is far too late.... The film is the directorial debut of Oscar-winning special effects wizard Stan Winston.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Daniel Craft
While modern movie monsters tend to be smooth, shiny computer-generated creations, the titular beast of 1988's Pumpkinhead is an utterly convincing -- and frightening -- throwback to the days when monsters were actors in rubber suits. The story follows Ed Harley (Lance Henriksen), a widowed farmer who loses his only son to some reckless city teens. Seeking retribution, Ed has a local witch raise a demon to stalk and kill the hapless youths. The raised demon is Vengeance, however, and vengeance always comes with a price -- in this case, Ed experiences the pain and terror of his victims' deaths. To save himself from damnation, Ed must protect the remaining local kids from the very demon he raised. Less an effect than a character, Pumpkinhead himself is the film's real star. A tall and sinisterly agile beast (given form and movement by Tom Woodruff Jr.), the demon interacts with human costars in a marvelously menacing manner that is far more natural looking than any computer-generated effects of the day. Directed by seasoned effects artist Stan Winston -- a three-time Academy Award winner for Jurassic Park, Terminator 2, and Aliens -- the film is a visual treat, shot in lush reds and blues. Threatening, fog-bound mountains are juxtaposed with warm, firelit cabin interiors. Cackling, sinister witches inhabit lairs crawling with rats and spiders, while demons are buried and unearthed in pumpkin patches that might spook -- and please -- Tim Burton.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2008
UPC:
0883904114956
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:26:00
Sales rank:
20,358

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by co-screenwriter Gary Gerani and creature & FX creators Tom Woodruff, Jr. and Alec Gillis, moderated by filmmaker Scott Spiegel; Featurettes: Evolution of a Demon, The Cursed and the Damned, The Tortured Soul of Ed Harley, Constructing Vengeance, Razorback Holler, Stan; Demonic Toys featurette; Behind-the-scenes footage; Still gallery; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lance Henriksen Ed Harley
Jeff East Chris
John D'Aquino Actor
Kerry Remsen Maggie
Joel Hoffman Steve
Matthew Hurley Billy Harley
Cynthia Bain Tracy
Kimberly Ross Kim
Madeleine Taylor Holmes Witch-woman
Florence Schauffler Actor
Tom Woodruff Pumpkinhead
Mayim Bialik Actor
George "Buck" Flower Actor
Kevin Peter Hall Actor

Technical Credits
Stan Winston Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Bojan Bazelli Cinematographer
Mark Patrick Carducci Original Story,Screenwriter
Cynthia Kay Charette Production Designer
Alex DeBenedetti Executive Producer
Gary Gerani Screenwriter
Alec Gillis Special Effects
Marcus Manton Editor
Bob Morones Casting
Howard Smith Co-producer,Producer
Richard Stone Score Composer
Richard C. Weinman Co-producer,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pumpkinhead
1. Main Titles [3:09]
2. Should I Be Afraid? [5:02]
3. Something Special [3:07]
4. Foot Stew [3:48]
5. What Settles on Badness? [4:21]
6. Runaways [5:23]
7. On Probation [2:05]
8. Once Upon a Time [2:25]
9. Bury Your Boy [4:07]
10. Straight Into Hell [4:37]
11. Graveyard in the Hollow [3:47]
12. Now It Begins [5:19]
13. The First Death [5:35]
14. Already Damned [5:31]
15. Help Us! [4:17]
16. Trying to Help [7:56]
17. Dragged Away [3:22]
18. Call It Off! [3:57]
19. The Only Solution [4:48]
20. End Titles [3:44]

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Pumpkinhead 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a classic. It is a great story of a man and his son, some rowdy kids come to town, son falls victim to their horseplay, dad goes to the woods, finds the ugliest woman on the planet, ugly woman congers up a demon, dad has to sell his soul, demon kills the rowdy kids, dad dies. I believe this was the directing debut for Stan Winston (Jurassic Park), who himself is a special effects legend in Hollywood. All in all, no this film is not the Godfather or Star Wars, it is a cheesy 80's horror film. That alone should be reason enough to snatch up a copy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched this expecting a cult classic. But it bored me. The pumkin head thing was pretty cool looking i guess but it was too boring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Liked this horrific backwoods classic tale of retaliation after the nightmare of loosing a child though an ignorant teenagers over the top behavior. Great acting in this stylized foggy little chiller. Lots going on, great little details, may bore those that just like endless slasher killer movies. Not many movies are made like this anymore, its all computerized to death for the most part anymore, with no imagaination. Great to take out during the Halloween season especially, theres a story here for starters.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of the reasons that I will always appreciate the horror days before the overuse of computer to make a scare. You have to love the design of the demon creature in the movie. It has a creepy realness to it! A great movie for any horror fan!!!
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