31 Days of Halloween: Pumpkinhead

Keep away from Pumpkinhead,
Unless you’re tired of living,
His enemies are mostly dead,
He’s mean and unforgiving,
Laugh at him and you’re undone,
But in some dreadful fashion,
Vengeance, he considers fun,
And plans it with a passion,
Time will not erase or blot,
A plot that he has brewing,
It’s when you think that he’s forgot,
He’ll conjure your undoing,
Bolted doors and windows barred,
Guard dogs prowling in the yard,
Won’t protect you in your bed,
Nothing will, from Pumpkinhead.

Ed Harley (don’t confuse him with the douchey Ed Hardy) is a simple country man living his country life with his country boy. When city folk teenagers pass through town with their fancy dirt bikes and rude manners, they give off a presence that trouble follows them. They stop by Ed’s store and decide to ride their bikes around. 

Ed leaves his boy alone for a few minutes to run a quick errand but of course the boy doesn’t listen. He ventures out to see the city folk do their city thing and blamo, he gets hit by one of the bikes. The teens flee the scene and Ed returns to see that his son is badly injured.

Ed is filled with rage and wants the rightful revenge his son deserves so he seeks out the local witch who conjures the Demon of Vengeance, Pumpkinhead *insert echo here* She tells Ed there’s a price to pay for summoning PH but he just wants them city folk to pay!

As Pumpkinhead kills someone, Ed can see the murders through his own eyes. The visions terrifies him and he wants to call off the request. The witch tells him that he done effed up and Pumpkinhead must run his course before it can all be over. Ed tries to fix his mistake before Pumpkinhead kills everyone. 

This is a great little film and Lance Henriksen plays a wonderful hickey father but I have credit most of my love for this movie to Stan Winston. I think the man is a special effects master but it good to see that he can stretch his creative side out to other things, such as directing. 

I can’t say that sometimes I wouldn’t mind calling out to Pumpkinhead to fix an ex or destroy people around me who cough without covering their mouths. After seeing how the taste of revenge destroyed Ed, I guess I can just deal with my problems on my own without trying to channel a demon. For now at least! 

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