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.