Pumpkinhead (1988)

After his son is killed in a motorcycle accident, a farmer invokes the powerful demon Pumpkinhead in his quest for revenge in this horror film. He soon comes to regret his actions, however, and attempts to stop the demon, but he may already… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: October 14, 1988
DVD Release Date: August 1, 2000
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With effects work and solid direction from Stan Winston -- and Lance Henriksen adding welcome gravitas -- Pumpkinhead is a creature feature that stands a cut above.

Derek Adams
Time Out

Delivers more than ample amounts of full-bodied fantasy.

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Mike Massie
Gone With The Twins

There's clearly a focus on makeup, prosthetics, and gore, all of which hold up well over time.

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Heather Wixson
Daily Dead

Amongst a sea of sequels and remakes that year, Stan Winston's tragic and terrifying backwoods fairy tale stood out as something wholly unique and also gave us some incredible character development by way of Henriksen's tragic character.

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Ed Gonzalez
Apollo Guide

Nothing can appease Ed when he discovers the tragedy, including the apologetic pleas of one of the teenagers.

C.H. Newell
Father Son Holy Gore

Good imagery, creeps, an interesting plot rooted in the world of fairy tales and the Southern Gothic, all sure to please most horror lovers out there.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A last hurrah for the type of on-camera, practical monster effects that would soon go the way of the dinosaur, extinguished by the asteroid impact of digital technology.

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

Typically hollow and patchy, the script is low par for the course, the acting close behind.

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Michelle Kisner
The Movie Sleuth

This movie is still above most of its peers and worth a watch by all horror fans.

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Dustin Putman

"Pumpkinhead" is horror, fantasy, supernatural thriller and tragedy all wrapped up in an enthralling, phatasmagorically realized whole.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Haggis: You're a fool, Ed Harley. "A Grim Fairy Tale" Pumpkinhead is a film that surprised me a great deal. To be honest the only real reason I… More
Ken Stachnik
Great effects, acceptable acting.
Aj V
The plot is simple, the monster is simple, and the characters are simple... but are they too simple? Why don't we get to know more about the main… More
Dean King
An ok creature slasher, made better due to being directed by Stan Winston and B-movie horror star Lance Henriksen. This feels like it's an even older film,… More
Cory Taylor
In his ungainly, deep-fried directorial debut ‚~Pumpkinhead‚(TM), Stan Winston, the connoisseur of animatronics and practical effects, has crafted another urban… More
Alex roy
Stan Winston has pioneered some of the greatest special effects in cinema. His resume of work is very, very impressive. So when I found out he had directed a… More