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Posted by TreSart L Sioux on December 18, 2010 at 4:54 PM

PUMPKINHEAD (1988)

by TreSart L Sioux

I have no idea why there is a smiling face where an 8 should be! LOL!

 

It has been crazy in the world of writing and interviews. Due to the upcoming holidays, I will not be posting until after. I hope all of ya'll have a wonderful time! Don't drink too much booze!

 

I have to admit there is something about the Pumpkinhead creature that is just creepy! I don't know if it's the way it moves or that it's so damn funky looking.

 

Pumpkinhead was special effects artist Stan Winston's first directorial debut. Needless to say, the effects in this movie are excellent!

 

Ed Harley and his son Billy run a small store out in the boonies. When city folks stop by on their way to a cabin, two brothers get out their dirt bikes to ride in a field. After Harley leaves to deliver feed to a customer, Billy's dog Gypsy takes off after the bikers. Billy follows and by accident is hit. All the city folks leave to attempt to get help except for one. Once Harley returns and realizes what has happened, the only thing on his mind is revenge.

 

Haggis, the old witch he visits brings more creepiness to this movie. While she can't bring Billy back, she can help Harley get his revenge. Too bad he doesn't truly understand what he's getting himself into.

 

Once the killing begins, Harley realizes the terrible mistake he has made. He gets visions as each one of the city folks come face to face with Pumpkinhead. He begs the witch to make it stop, but she only laughs and tell him to let it run it's course.

 

Two of my favorite scenes are when the three characters think they are safe in the abandoned church. Of course they aren't. The other one was when the boy is hiding in the closet. I would have pissed myself if this was reality.

 

You have to love Lance Henriksen playing the part of Ed Harley. I really don't think the movie would have been as good without him in it.

 

The movie is visual with the depths of the woods and the nightly scenes with the use of the blues and mist.

 

On September 9th, 2008 MGM released the 20th Anniversary Edition featuring commentary.

 

SEQUELS

Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings (straight to video)

 

Jeffrey Reddick, the writer of Final Destination wanted to create a third movie called Pumpkinhead 3: The Original Sin, but issues prevented the production.

 

Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes and Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud were made into television movies and aired on the then known SCI FI.

 

COMICS

Dark Horse Comic published the comic book series, "Pumpkinhead: The Rites of Exorcism." Only two issues were released.

 

MUSIC

The Misfits released a song called "Pumpkin Head," which was on their album Famous Monsters.

 

Pumpkinhead was supposedly inspired by the poem written by Ed Justin. However, the producers have not clarified, nor the writer Ed Justin.

 

Keep away from Pumpkinhead

Unless you're tired of living

His enemies are mostly dead

He's mean and unforgiving

Laugh at him and you're undone

But in some dreadful fashion

Vengeance, he considers fun

And plans it with a passion

Time will not erase or blot

A plot that he has brewing

It's when you think that he's forgot

He'll conjure your undoing

Bolted doors and windows barred

Guard dogs prowling in the yard

Won't protect you in your bed

Nothing will, from Pumpkinhead

 

Until next time!

TreSart L Sioux

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