- 1 hr 26 min
In the 1988 movie "Pumpkinhead," directed by Stan Winston, a father named Ed Harley (played by Lance Henriksen) is living a peaceful life with his son in a remote and quiet village. But one day, his son is tragically killed by a group of reckless and thoughtless teenagers riding dirt bikes. Ed is completely devastated by the loss of his only son and filled with unbearable anger.
In his despair, Ed decides to seek revenge, and it is suggested to him that a local witch named Haggis can help him out. She tells him that an evil demon called Pumpkinhead can be summoned to fulfill his revenge. He initially declines, but Ed eventually agrees to it and travels into the dark forest to the witch's house.
Haggis tells him the conditions of his contract with Pumpkinhead: he must give up his own soul for the chance to avenge his son. Ed agrees and musters the final bit of strength he has left to perform the ritual to summon Pumpkinhead.
That night, the demon appears and begins a killing spree against the group of teenagers who caused Ed's son's death, including six college students and a local waitress. Each time one of the teenagers is killed, Ed's connection to Pumpkinhead becomes stronger. And each time, Ed feels more sick and troubled by the fact that he is responsible for the deaths.
As Pumpkinhead's killing spree continues, Ed begins to realize the terrible mistake he has made by bringing this demon to life, and he decides to try to stop it. But it is too late, and Pumpkinhead is too powerful to control. In a surprising twist, the demon returns to Ed's house and attacks him, sending him into a traumatic coma.
The remaining teenagers band together and decide they need to destroy Pumpkinhead to put an end to the violence. One of them discovers that if they kill Ed, Pumpkinhead will die as well. They use this newfound knowledge to lure Pumpkinhead back to Ed's house, where a final and epic showdown takes place between the teenagers and the demon.
"Pumpkinhead" is a tense thriller that taps into the emotional trauma of losing a loved one and the idea of revenge. The movie is horror-filled and definitely not for the faint of heart, especially when it comes to the gory scenes. The intense makeup and special effects create a vivid and imaginative monster that is truly terrifying.
The movie's central questions revolve around the concept of revenge and its consequences. The movie asks whether it is worth it to risk eternal damnation to get revenge on those who have wronged us, and whether we can live with the guilt and despair caused by the path we have chosen.
The acting is convincing and nuanced, with Henriksen delivering a powerful performance as a grieving father who is pushed to his limit. The young Jeff East also gives an outstanding performance as one of the teenagers Ed seeks revenge against.
Overall, "Pumpkinhead" is a great horror movie that will satisfy fans of the genre. Its deep themes beyond the basic blood and gore make it a must-watch film.
Pumpkinhead is a 1988 fantasy movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 26 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.2 and a MetaScore of 47.