Pumpkinhead (1988)

Directed by Stan Winston.  Written by Winston, Mark Patrick Carducci, Gary Gerani, Richard Weinman.  Based on a poem by Ed Justin.  Starring Lance Henriksen, Jeff East, John D’Aquino, Kerry Remsen, Kimberly Ross, Cynthia Bain and Joel Hoffman.

Plot: Ed (Henriksen) summons a demon after his son is killed by a bunch of teenagers in a hit-and-run accident.


Six kids from the city kill a country man’s son in a hit-and-run accident.  While trying to decide whether to call the police, one of the teens rips the phone out of the wall and even knocks his friend out cold.  Meanwhile, Ed goes to a local witch to summon a demon to kill the teenagers.  And Pumpkinhead soon comes and starts doing just that.

DJ would have liked the movie better if all the teenagers were completely unlikable, but they’re not.  And we still really, really liked the movie.  It’s original, it has the perfect motive, we loved the rules, the cast was great and the effects were magnificent for 1988.  Also, the poem kicks ass, too.


“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 is 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.”

My score: 67.  DJ’s score: 76.

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