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A bereaved farmer enlists the aid of a terrifying demon to help avenge his son's death in this stylish horror movie that contains a strong moral. It all begins as gentle widowed farmer/general store owner Ed's beloved 10-year-old son is involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident with an careless unknown motorcyclist. Ed nearly goes berserk with grief and to bring back his son heads to the cabin of a wise old witch to see if she can rejuvenate the youth. Unfortunately, it is beyond her considerable powers so Ed, now equally desperate for revenge, invokes the legendary Pumpkinhead, a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Delivers more than ample amounts of full-bodied fantasy."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
""Pumpkinhead" is horror, fantasy, supernatural thriller and tragedy all wrapped up in an enthralling, phatasmagorically realized whole."
‑ Dustin Putman, TheBluFile.com
"horrific, and quite honorable"
‑ Bill Gibron, Filmcritic.com
"In spite of being almost twenty years old, this monster movie is still harrowing, creepy, and better than modern horror fare."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Film Threat
"A routine horror film."
‑ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide
"Typically hollow and patchy, the script is low par for the course, the acting close behind."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"The design of pumpkin head is brilliant and still immensely striking, despite the film's age."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It's all done in such a dislocated, hectic style that it's sometimes difficult to tell what's happening."
‑ , Film4
"Great creature, primo Henriksen...Gotta love it."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Satisfying B-movie fun from effects maestro Stan Winston."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"A last hurrah for the type of on-camera, practical monster effects that would soon go the way of the dinosaur, extinguished by the asteroid impact of digital technology."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"MGM has done a great service to Pumpkinhead and its fans with this new Collector's Edition DVD and you'd be a fool to overlook this."
‑ Johnny Butane, Dread Central
"Winston has a strong visual sense and a surprisingly good feel for character development."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Creepy, unusual horror film."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Nothing can appease Ed when he discovers the tragedy, including the apologetic pleas of one of the teenagers."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Apollo Guide
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