Though there’s not much meat here, Winston’s directorial debut earns its keep as a minor classic with a killer creature design, Universal-goes-boonies mise en scene, and atmosphere so thick you want to swim in it. An old fashioned morality tale told with grand style.
A forgotten horror movie about how vengeance blended with black magic and curses never mix good together even if there is a heartbreaking reason to seek it. It has a kind-of E.C. Comics feel to it. The monster is excellently designed which is not surprising as film was directed by effects master Stan Winston. Lance Henriksen deliver a sad portrait of a haunted father in a role that is among his best.
One of the coolest animatronic monsters in horror film history, and a pretty interesting rural folklore to go along with it. However, the first hour of this film is actually kinda boring, and the killings are severely lacking.
Pretty sure this is 1988, not '89. Pumpkinhead prevents a fall to boring mediocrity with its mean streak, atmospheric touches and a fantastic monstrous antagonist. Or protagonist gone wrong. Whichever. Far from a classic, but a 6/10 still.
Surprisingly works VERY well, in no small part to do with Winston's brilliant creation of the monster. While used sparingly, it is still quite frightening, and feels real (it doesn't have the problems that other monsters from the same time period had). Adult handling of themes regarding the morality and revenge, especially for a horror flick. Henriksen is at his best, which is perfect for a movie like this one.