Pumpkinhead (1988)

James / October 27th, 2012

Description: Monster Madness 80’s-A-Thon! James reviews Pumpkinhead (1988). A man conjures up a gigantic vengeance demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy the teenagers who accidentally killed his son.



  • Accomodator

    October 27, 2012 at 12:22 am

    This is quite funny because this movie was just on AMC

  • senppu

    October 27, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Hey James, stay safe in this storm that’s coming up! We don’t want to lose one of the greatest filmmakers of our time to something as trivial as a hurricane.

  • DMM_poo

    October 27, 2012 at 12:31 am

    This movie made me cry. It’s so freaking sad.

  • October 27, 2012 at 12:42 am

    I first saw that as a young kid growing up, around 6 or 7 I think (I’m 30 now) & I gotta admit that monster scared the ever livin bejezuz outta me. While I don’t really endorse rebooting a franchise, as is popular now, I can’t lie – I would love to see an updated version of this classic horror flick – CG Free of course…

  • Pule54

    October 27, 2012 at 12:43 am

    why are frankensteins monster’s and the mummy’s glasses closed???

    • JortsHankins91

      March 22, 2015 at 11:39 pm

      I noticed that on this video too! hahaha

  • AFX

    October 27, 2012 at 12:55 am



  • eyeofodin

    October 27, 2012 at 1:39 am

    That was a horrible review, it pissed my dog off..
    OH SHIT he is coming for my throat t AWWWWW shit!!!

  • eyeofodin

    October 27, 2012 at 1:40 am

    why are frankensteins monster’s and the mummy’s glasses closed
    James fucked up….lol

  • October 27, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Dat shit crazy yo! Aghkem… wheew. Sorry I meant to say my my Lance Henrikson in another starring role that is over looked somehow. That guy should have blown up and become as big as Walken what with the creepy voice and all. He is also just a damn good actor. See “Powder” for example. Pumpkin head is such a prude.

  • z_thompson

    October 27, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Lance Henriksen has been killed by the predator, the terminator, an alien, and pumpkinhead.

    Also, the Pumpkinhead movies are hilarious with their gore.

    I would recommend Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud. The Hatfields and McCoys think they are killing each other families, but its actually Pumpkinhead!


  • z_thompson

    October 27, 2012 at 2:43 am

    Oh my god Blood Feud is on Syfy RIGHT NOW!
    Of all the luck! Set your DVRs if its on again!!

  • raggletag

    October 27, 2012 at 3:00 am

    “Crazy drunk driver…”

  • Josh2995

    October 27, 2012 at 3:21 am

    I used to confuse this film with the third halloween film for some reason. Some of the clips did take me back a bit, to when I was an easily frightened youth. haha… Looks like something I’ll have to check out again. Also loved the dramatic lighting, it was similar to your recent and “Enormously Entertaining” review of “Ghost and Goblins”. Pretty top notch stuff!

  • pikmintaro

    October 27, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Still krossing my fingers for Killer Klowns from Outer Space.

  • October 27, 2012 at 4:59 am

    No they definately don’t need to put poor old punkin’ head in any more films… he’s got a serious case of “sequel-itis” and not in the good way like Freddy and Jason… more like the Leprechan.

    The monster is pretty awesome though.

  • HighKing

    October 27, 2012 at 5:55 am

    Too bad Pumpkinhead 2 wasn’t in the 80’s, I would love to see James take a look at that shit storm and then do an AVGN take on the FMV game. I know Spoony already reviewed it, but James and Noah have different styles 🙂

  • asnaes1981

    October 27, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Stan Winston was the man! He designed all kinds of cool shit.

  • Keith the Genesis Geek

    October 27, 2012 at 6:43 am

    LOL! Rambo vs. Pumpkinhead! There ya go!

  • jackieblue420

    October 27, 2012 at 7:04 am

    I know this is off topic, but I just found out on the news this morning a huge hurricane is heading up towards the east coast and even heading towards Philadelphia. Please take precaution and be careful.

  • ZombieFan987

    October 27, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Can you do Day of the Dead (1985) please !!!!!

  • Traditionalfire

    October 27, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Have you seen A cabin in the woods? Many effects in that movie where pratical.

  • zengie

    October 27, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Next is Killer Klowns from outer space?

  • October 27, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Which is the one with Punky Brewster?

  • Blaze72

    October 27, 2012 at 8:48 am

    No one does all that animatronic’s anymore??………pretty sure Del Toro does.

  • October 27, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Giant boo boos you say….

  • avgnfan

    October 27, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Awesome! I love this movie, and I’m glad you could review it. oh by the way, the monster is called pumpkinhead because thats what the hillbillies in the movie call it.

  • TheNerdWillRise

    October 27, 2012 at 10:18 am

    James make a review about the new tmnt tv show on Nickelodeon!

  • urrutiap

    October 27, 2012 at 10:45 am

    I love the first Pumpkinhead movie. It just came on AMC last night too so this is a wild coincidence that James aka Angry VIdeogame Nerd had to do this short Halloween Madness of Pumpkinhead.

    I’m still not fond of Pumpkinhead 3 and 4 where they were really dumb. Hatfields and McCoys. Really??!! LOL

  • darkant v1

    October 27, 2012 at 11:33 am

    i used to love this growing up, my VHS copy is actually called “Vengeance – the Demon” though.

  • Mansondevil33

    October 27, 2012 at 11:34 am

    You have no idea how long I’ve been waiting for this review! You’re best, James!

  • Uncle Sporkums

    October 27, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    The edited Rambo vs. Pumpkinhead clip was awesome! You rock, James! Another job well done! 🙂

  • October 27, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Nice review James. Just “nice” though. The real treat are these comments!
    I love it when people use Hillbillies in a sentence. I have watched the new tmnt on Nick. Its just as bad as the 80s tmnt. The 90’s Fox Box version of turtles where the greatest, most supremely awesome turtles of all time! Never forget that you squares!

  • TheGameRaider

    October 27, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    I was just about to comment that you should review this movie haha. great review James.

  • Jokirockers5

    October 27, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    To me the monster actually looks a LOT like tyranids from Warhammer 40k. I’m actually suprised by how much it looks like them O.o (If you wanna see what they look like, just google “tyranids warhammer 40k”. Theres different kinds of tyranids but the ones i’m talking about are some of the smallest)

  • urrutiap

    October 27, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Hey James I don’t mean to pick on you but you are a moron. You’re kind of missing the point as to why its called a Pumpkinhead. Its a vengeance demon that was created out of a witch’s rotten pumpkinhead garden. Hence the name “Pumpkinhead” because its head does resemble a misshapen pumpkin. Duh.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Yeah Pumpkinhead doesn’t really have a pumpkin head. I saw one of the movies, must have been a sequel because I remember it had a bunch of teenagers or something. It didn’t seem very good, but oh well.

    If the first one was only mediocre I can see how it could go quite downhill from there.

  • RX_79

    October 27, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I was hoping for the movie “street trash” where else can you see a guy melt into a toilet.

    & No mention of the cheesy game made off this movie.

  • Blaze72

    October 27, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    They only made a game off the second movie

    there’s also a Pumpkinhead in a DLC for Borderlands.

  • lamecasuelas

    October 27, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    uh!! i’ll check this one out

  • October 27, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Actually James, I think the Pumpkinhead basic model was used for the Human-Xenomorph hybrid in Alien Resurrection. If you look closely enough at the face and body type, it’s pretty similar.

  • john-san

    October 27, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Hey James, are you ever going to review Aliens? I’ve never heard you talk about it very much, but it’s one of my favorite movies ever, especially to watch on Halloween! I think the animatronic queen alien at the end is still one of the single greatest things ever put on film.

  • buggyglint

    October 27, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Hi James, I heard about this movie from the 2011 documentary “Nightmare Factory”. If you haven’t seen it, you should really check it out. It’s about the famous special effects crew KNB.

    Here’s an IMDb link for anyone else who also might be interested in it.

  • Ysman

    October 28, 2012 at 1:45 am

    I really don’t think Pumpkinhead is obscure. It is a gem of a film, not particularly on par with modern horror cult classics like Evil Dead, but it holds its own. The Gate would be more obscure as this, however just as good. I find Pumpkinhead to be just as traditional a viewing as Candyman and Hellraiser in any modern horror repertoire.

    That said, I found the tale to be just as captivating as the SFX. The atmosphere and mystery are built right from the opening scenes. The acting overall is sub par, especially from the group of soon to be victims, but the scenes with Harley and Haggis create a spookiness, a perfectly dark setting for the rest of the film. Harley’s kid, is innocent enough and his relationship with his father is so wholesome, that it is hard not to find it tragic. The entire film has this dingy yellow/orange sheen, giving it an almost surreal feel…and during the night, it is an eerie dark blue…I really dig the ambience.

    The tale is also somewhat unique, and has that backwoods witchcraft element that should be exploited more in horror. Afterall, witchcraft and Halloween go hand in hand in some circles. Also you can’t get a more primal driving force than revenge, except here it gives us a reason to sympathize right along with Harley, but we can also understand why he would be the one to have to redeem himself, since the moral of the story follows the proverb “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”

  • DMM_poo

    October 28, 2012 at 10:15 am

    well said, YSMAN. I’d have to say that I didn’t think Pumpkinhead was obscure, either. Pumpkinhead was one of the first VHS tapes I bought way back in 90s. I had a McFarlane Pumpkinhead toy, too.

  • Wally

    October 28, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Put this up on the App!!

  • misterprickly

    October 28, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I’m surprised that you didn’t mention the 3 sequels, the comics and the PC game based on the sequel “blood wings”.

    Way to drop the ball!

  • Firx

    October 28, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Just wait; all things are cyclical. I have a feeling that very soon, animatronics, suits and other kind of nifty old analog effects are going to make a big comeback. People still love the look of stop motion, hence the success of “Coraline” and other such films, and I have yet to see anything as horrifyingly REAL-looking as bloody Frank in “Hellraiser.” Also, you notice people nitpicking at the shiny videogame look that all the digital critters have in these new movies. God . . . that new “Pirahna”? Looka like shit, just a little bit.

  • October 28, 2012 at 3:34 pm

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  • wampa421

    October 28, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    i always liked pumpkinhead

  • Dalek_khan

    October 28, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I actually met Lance Henriksen when he was in sweden : )
    He said he had a fun time doing this movie, and i mentioned that me and my girl had just recently seen the whole series :p

    That was on a event calld Sci Fi mässan which is in sweden sometimes : )

  • Cilliandrew

    October 28, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I must admit i am also surprised to hear PUMPKINHEAD referred to as obscure. Any horror fan i have ever met has known about PUMPKINHEAD. I mean, it’s STAN WINSTON.. Guy is an FX legend. I recall the horror world being all a-twitter back in the day when Stan the Man finally directed his own film.

    I’ve always liked PUMPKINHEAD. It’s effective in it’s simplicity of story, and the creature was a neat one.

  • October 28, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    I loved Pumpkinhead and it’s a movie worth watching more than once. I don’t think it’s an obscure movie either. It’s not a masterpiece for sure, but I’d take Pumpkinhead over most horror movies that come out these days. Most of them are shit.

  • ajm57

    October 28, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Have you ever reviewed any maniac cop movies? They were pretty decent, plus Bruce Campbell was in the first two.

  • wettkatt

    October 29, 2012 at 1:55 am

    Thanks a lot James! Now I am gonna have to watch A Gnome named Gnorm. It better be good. LOL

  • LordJason1986

    October 29, 2012 at 2:14 am

    awesome. I was hoping you would review this film someday. maybe next year you can review Wishmaster. I have yet to see this film but I have always wanted to. the effects on the creature look amazing as always and it just reminds me of the good old days. say , anyone remember owning the mcfarlane movie maniacs digurine of pumpkinhead? anyways , outstanding job as always james. great to see monster madness this year. it’s just a shamer that it’s coming to an end soon.

  • henrikschille

    October 29, 2012 at 9:45 am

    whats the name of the intro song? need it!

  • Valis77

    October 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Boob boobs

  • likalaruku

    October 31, 2012 at 5:20 am

    I’m surprised you haven;t reviewed the game for this movie; it’s godawful.

  • TruSoulja91

    November 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I recall a horror movie where the killer actually had a pumpkin for a head. Does anybody know of a movie like that?

  • Daemeon

    November 13, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Come on James you of all people should know that there is still one guy in Hollywood who believes in the man in the rubber suit – Guillermo del Toro. Sure he also uses a lot of CG cause there is some things you just can’t do physically, at least not without eating up your entire budget, but he has a philosophy that if you can put someone in suit or use a puppet you should cause it brings an organic element to the character which would be lacking otherwise.

  • nate ?

    January 15, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    it really is to bad they don’t do the animatronic thing any more

  • Chase Loyd

    October 2, 2013 at 10:51 am

    What about Rambo and Commando Vs Pumpkin Head 😀

  • October 24, 2013 at 3:31 am

    80s a thom needs a second part!

  • November 17, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I’d love to see Pumpkinhead vs Jeepers Creepers.

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