Pumpkinhead (1988 franchise)
A horror film franchise about the backwoods demon of vengeance Pumpkinhead, and the hapless countryfolk who summon him; the film series consists of:
- Pumpkinhead (1988)
- Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings (1994)
- Pumpkinhead III: Ashes to Ashes (2006)
- Pumpkinhead IV: Blood feud (2007)
- Pumpkinhead (2017? reboot)
After his son dies in a hit-and-run accident, Ed Harley seeks revenge against the teenagers responsible. With the help of a local witch, Ed summons the vengeful demon Pumpkinhead to hunt and kill the group of friends. But when Ed discovers a bond between himself and the creature, he begins to have second thoughts about employing the vicious monster, and he fights to end Pumpkinhead's murderous rampage before it is too late.
- Release Date: 1988-present
- Country/Language: US, English
- Genres/Technical: Horror, Fantasy
- Starring: Lance Henriksen (and others)
- Director: Stan Winston (and others)
- Writer: Stan Winston (and others)
- Producer/Production Co: De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (DEG), Lion Films
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- Rated: R (Violence, Profanity, Adult Content)
A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:
- SS___ (Two Tentacles: Only barely Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)
The most "Lovecraftian" thing you'll find (at least in the first film) is a little nice backwoods American Gothic atmosphere here and there, along with witches and demon-summoning. Stan Winston's original extra-dimensional Pumpkinhead concept would have been more explicitly "Lovecraftian", but as the film concept evolved the creature was combined with a more humanoid, pumpkin-headed design with hybrid results; the Necronomicon appears in at least one of the sequels.
Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.
- Kyle Anderson at The Nerdist, (link) - "It won’t be on too many people’s Top 10 lists, but Pumpkinhead is a highly entertaining monster flick with a couple of really great performances and impressive feature-debut directing from effects man Winston.... Perhaps if this movie had done better theatrically, we’d be talking about the stories film directing career of one of cinema’s great proponents of practical creature effects."
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PUMPKINHEAD - After his son dies in a hit-and-run accident, Ed Harley seeks revenge against the teenagers responsible. With the help of a local witch, Ed summons the vengeful demon Pumpkinhead to hunt and kill the group of friends. But when Ed discovers a bond between himself and the creature, he begins to have second thoughts about employing the vicious monster, and he fights to end Pumpkinhead's murderous rampage before it is too late. PUMPKINHEAD 2: BLOOD WINGS - In a small Kansas town in 1958, a group of teenagers torture and kill a disfigured orphan named Tommy. After 35 years, another gang of teens robs the cabin of an old witch. Using some blood and a spell taken from her house, the teens inadvertently resurrect Tommy's soul in the form of the demon Pumpkinhead (Mark McCracken). Enraged, Pumpkinhead goes after the teens who summoned him and the men who killed Tommy. PUMPKINHEAD 3: ASHES TO ASHES - Grieving townspeople summon a vengeful demon to wreak havoc against a man who wronged their loved ones. PUMPKINHEAD 4: BLOOD FEUD - A young man summons a vengeful demon to slay the family of the girl he loves.
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Associated Mythos Elements
For more rural Lovecraftian horror, see also: