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Day 27: Pumpkinhead (1988)

Pumpkinhead is an underrated gem from the late 1980's.  It's the story of a grieving father that seeks vengeance on a group of kids who accidentally kill his son.  Lance Henriksen stars as Ed Harley who goes to visit a witch to seek retribution against the kids that murdered his boy.  Together they summon the demon Pumpkinhead.  The creature effects were all done by director Stan Winston and are outstanding.  Winston is better known as the special effects genius behind Terminator and Aliens as well as many more.  The creature design of Pumpkinhead is beautifully done.  It's rare that you get full body shots of giant killer monsters in horror movies, but here you get to see the size and scope of the towering demon on many occasions.  The cinematography is all gorgeous and the lighting choice really give this one a creepy and spooky feel.  You really feel for Ed Harley and his situation and you want to see him get his revenge.  You also end up feeling for the kids as well which leads to a rather sad but satisfying conclusion.  If you haven't ever seen Pumpkinhead, it's highly recommended.  If you haven't seen it in a while, check it out again.  It still holds up surprisingly well.  

Our Rating:  4/5

As a bonus, here's Pumpkinhead Dancing!


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