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Pumpkinhead (1989)

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Release Date
Oct 14, 1988 (USA)
DVD Release Date
 R1: Aug 1, 2000

Budget USD 3,500,000

MPAA Rating

Running Time
1 hour, 26 minutes

Country USA

Studio Lion Films, MGM, United Artists

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Other Titles
• Pumpkinhead
• Vengeance: The Demon (1989)
• Das Halloween Monster (1989)

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Genre: Horror, Revenge, Monsters, Demon, Suspense, Teenage, Witches, Wizards & Magic, Gore, Murder, Cult Classic, Occult

Tagline: For each of man's evils a special demon exists...

Plot: When a gang of bikers run over a child, the child's father invokes the demon Pumkinhead to seek his revenge, forgetting there is a price for his services. Special effects man Winston (ALIENS, JURASSIC PARK) makes a sparkling debut in this creepy horror effort which features the one of the greatest monsters in recent memory.

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 External Reviews
external linkFun flick that's entertaining, has some inventive methods of dispatch and an exciting finale. Effects man Winston's directorial debut. 2.5/4

external link"Pumpkinhead" isn't a perfect movie. It sometimes seems a little bit too dark (not in a metaphorical sense, but in a literal sense), and it's tough to see what the hell's going on sometimes.
-- (

external linkThe creature effects are incredible for their time, definitely due to Winston's experience with animatronics" 4/5
--Charles Smith (

 Directed by
Stan Winston
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 Written by
Mark Patrick Carducci
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 Music By
Richard Stone
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