PLOT: After a group of teens accidentally kill his son, a local man enlists the help of a witch to summon a demon to enact revenge.
Did I mention it stars Lance Fucking Henriksen? No, well it does; and it’s kind of awesome. Granted, this movie is a bit cheesy, but I can’t help but like it. Lance Henriksen is a fantastic genre film actor and I’d watch him in just about any horror film series you throw him in. Remember Millennium? That was a pretty good show.
So the story goes that Ed Harley (Henriksen) runs a local general store with his son in what seems to be some town stuck in the Dust Bowl era. It’s a real slice of Americana, until a group of no good sexy teens come in and run over his son when they’re practicing their sweet motocross stunts, because 1980s. When the boy dies, Harley tracks down an old woman in the woods, whom he’s heard can bring his boy back. She can’t, but what she offers is to summon Pumpkinhead, a demon that will take out those that have been “marked”. But once Pumpkinhead starts doing his thing, Harley regrets what he’s done and sets out to stop the evil that he unleashed on the teens.
It’s a pretty basic story, but it’s a pretty good time. Pumpkinhead looks pretty cool and he just fucking takes names. He doesn’t look much like a pumpkin, but I’ll allow it. And once again: Henriksen is pretty awesome in this. If you’re looking for an uncomplicated monster movie from the 1980s, and you like an awesome character actor in your horror movies, Pumpkinhead is a pretty good way to spend 90 minutes.
Thinking about it further, if there’s a kid that is starting to get interested in horror, this is a pretty decent place to start. It’s not overly scary or gory, and there’s no sex; it’s just some decent puppetry and a good time.
Not too much. There’s some decent kills in this, but the gore is unmemorable.
Gore Rating: 1 out of 5
I could see a kid that’s around 10 or 11, who’s just starting to get into horror movies, get freaked out by this one, but an adult shouldn’t find this scary. It’s fun though, so what it lacks in scares is rewarded in a good time.
Scare Ratings: 0 out of 5
Disappointingly, zero. There’s sexy teens in this and they never get a chance to be sexy.
Sex/Nudity Rating: 0 out of 5
Despite the lack of quality ratings in the other categories, this movie was a good time. As mentioned previously, this is a good starter horror film for anyone that feels like they have a kid that is ready to start experiencing some spooky movies. Lance Henriksen is awesome is this, as always, and Pumpkinhead is a pretty cool monster. I fully endorse this one.