Honestly, if a movie called ‘Pumpkinhead’ sounds good to you, you’ll like this film


“Keep away from Pumpkinhead, Unless you’re tired of living, His enemies are mostly dead, He’s mean and unforgiving, Bolted doors and windows barred, Guard dogs prowling in the yard, Won’t protect you in your bed, Nothing will, from Pumpkinhead.”

ImagePumpkinhead is more than a legend in a small backwoods town of Anywhere, USA. Years ago, he was called to take revenge on a man for a girl’s murder.

In the black of the night the he runs from Pumpkinhead, begging his neighbors to give him quarter against the demon, but they know that there is nothing they can do and to help puts them and their families at risk. In the moonlight a little boy sees the monster out his window chasing down his prey.

Years later, A sweet young boy who’s a dead ringer for John Denver lives alone with his father in the same small town where they run the Harley and Son Grocery Store along the highway. Harley, it turns out, was the little boy who saw Pumpkinhead out of his window, and his son is apparently sweeter and more wholesome than Apple Pie – just like John Denver.

The story is fairly predictable –  the boy is killed when teenagers come through on their way to a summer cabin accidently run him down with their motorcycles. Time for Pumpkinhead to rise again.

This movie has it all:

  1. Death of an innocent
  2. Asshole, drunken perpetrator
  3. Insanely old, ugly swamp witch  (she raises Pumpkinhead from his grave)
  4. And, of course, Revenge (best served cold) – er, maybe it’s justice. No, actually, it’s revenge.

Pumpkinhead (the film, not the monster) asks, “What’s the difference between justice and Revenge?”

Perhaps: nothing. Maybe justice is what the law brings, while revenge is what happens when we let the victim, the victim’s family, or ‘The Mob’ handle things.

There’s a reason why the state handles our justice system and brings in a jury of unbiased peers (not peers you know, but fellow citizens whom you share no relationship) . In order to distinguish between justice and revenge, the ones who decide our cases are removed from any personal connection and are asked to give both party’s arguments consideration under the law. 

Other than that, there’s really no difference. Each one can be remarkably effective under the right circumstances, and each can fall victim to obfuscation or misinterpretation of facts.


A second question Pumpkinhead raises is, “do my associates share the blame for my actions?”

Pumpkinhead does not spend a lot of time worrying about who did what. His job description is pretty clear:


Just like many years ago, there’s no quarter for the guilty.

“I can’t help you. You folks is marked.”

As you might expect from a low budget horror film ($3.5M to make) there’s a decent amount of tongue in cheek humor, such as how Pumpkinhead takes pleasure (?maybe?) in taunting the teenagers, killing them one by one and presenting the bodies to Dan, the guilty one.


“God’s the only one who can stop that thing out there.”

Takes a cleaver from the kitchen drawer, “In case God doesn’t show”

Imdb gives this  6/ 10 ; Rotten Tomatoes gives it  56%.

What I want to know is, what do you think you’re going to get from a film called Pumpkinhead? Look at the movie poster for Christ’s sake.


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