22 July 2014

Pumpkinhead (1988)

86 min.
Directed by Stan Winston.
With Lance Henriksen, Jeff East, Cynthia Bain, John DiAquino, Kerry Remsen, Joel Hoffman.
An enjoyable late '80s creature feature directed by FX master Stan Winston.

When his son is accidentally killed by a motorcycle biker, isolated farmer Ed Harley (Henriksen) turns to a local witch for guidance.

And with her help, he summons the title monster - "the Pumpkinhead" - to be his instrument of revenge.

Soon, the clawed, fanged beast is carrying out a bloody reign of retribution exactly per Ed's wishes.

But when the time comes, can the grief-stricken farmer stop this invincible monster, or will he be doomed to join it in hell?

Filmmakers have a difficult time with folk legends, but it works in this case. The loss of the son is heartbreaking, and the demon is impressive.

The monster is a kind of variation on H.R. Giger's ALIEN model. One of the better horror films made during this period.

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