|Directed by:||Stan Winston|
|Written by:||Mark Patrick Carducci, Gary Gerani|
|Cast:||Lance Henriksen, Jeff East, John D'Aquino, Kimberly Ross|
This is a different kind of slasher than your regular Jason or Freddy flicks. Instead of going on a random, mad murdering spree on any available victim, this killer has a set purpose and a specific set of prey. Pumpkinhead is like the ultimate hitman really. A hired hand from hell that rises to reap vengeance on those who call upon him.
I think the idea of being able to summon a deadly demon to exact your revenge for you is just awesome. Henriksen’s backstory was also nifty, how he sees the creature as a boy and the vision haunts him for years and ends up clouding his judgment and falling victim to setting up a revenge too heinous for his own conscience to handle.
And the look of the Pumpkinhead monster was wicked. His resurrection scene was also crazy looking. There are a couple things that left me in wonder though. I'd like to know is, where in the hell is this all taking place? I mean what kind of hick ass town is this anyway? And why didn't Henriksen ever take his kid to a hospital, or even a doctor? The kid dies and he just leaves it at that?
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One thing I did think was kind of lame was how Henrikson suddenly has a change of heart and decides to kill Pumpkinhead himself. I understand that the murders were being shown through his eyes and that sucks and everything, but I think maybe it would’ve been cooler is it was taking a different effect on him, maybe a deadly one.
Like every time Pumpkinhead kills one of the victims, Henrikson drastically ages or something. Something else as motivation to put his own life at risk to kill the thing. I don't know, it just seemed a little hokey.
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BOTTOM LINE: I liked it. I was really digging the idea of the premise and thought the Pumpkinhead monster was pretty cool. Could've benefited from a little more gore, maybe a little detail and attention to some of the plot points. Lance Henriksen does a fine job as usual and the Pumpkinhead effects looked great. It's a slasher movie with a different spin, and I recommend any horror fan to check it out!