have received a lot of email about the movie "Pumpkinhead". Most
asking when the page would be up and a few asking what I was smoking when
I decided to add it to
and of course, if they could have some. Well...nothing out of the
ordinary. Actually, I have always been a fan of "Pumpkinhead".
Itís too bad the sequel royally sucked. Here are a few things about this
film that really stick out in my mind. Perhaps they are the foundation for
my love of this film, and the reasons why Iíve included it in
My first and foremost
reason: Lance Henriksen. I have been a big fan of Lance's ever since
"Aliens" and "Near Dark". Someday I might even include
Too bad he hasn't had better roles to work on within the genre. Lance was
the only reason I gave "Millennium" a chance at first, although
even he couldn't save my interest. I have heard the show has gotten
much better after the first season. Is it true??? Email your opinion.
Second: the plot line. Vengeance is
one of man's strongest motivators. Even more than jealousy and sometimes even love, from
which it most always pours forth from. It has been the cause of many wars and has almost
brought the world to annihilation. But at the root of fear and pain is always the urge to
strike back and reap vengeance. The tool of choice in this film isn't a gun, sword, or
explosive, but rather something more powerful and menacing: a demon from hell known as
"Pumpkinhead". It's vengeance is final!!!!!
Thirdly: the creature. In the
great tradition of movie monsters comes "Pumpkinhead". Not just a
one-dimensional killing machine, but rather a character driven by the
motivation of vengeance. In fact, Stan Winston (the director, as well as, a
master special effects guru) had absolutely nothing to do with the effects
on this film or the creation of "Pumpkinhead". He vested his total
confidence in the effects team of Shane Mahan, Alec Gillis (Starship
Troopers), Richard Landon, and Tom Woodruff, Jr (Starship Troopers).
Finally, Stan Winston. This
was Stan's directorial debut and he was able to craft a very entertaining
story with great emotion and visual imagery. Unfortunately, Stan has been a
little reluctant to go back behind the camera, especially since the dismal
" A Gnome named Gnorm". But at least he is still a leader in the
special effects arena and continues to entertain us all.
So Caretaker, are you telling us to
go out and rent "Pumpkinhead"? YES, YES, YES!!!!! If you haven't seen...rent it
and if you have and didn't like it...give it another chance. As always please
e-mail me if you have anything you can
add to this page, or if you have any comments, criticisms or suggestion.