History Film / Pumpkinhead

1st Nov '17 6:55:44 PM EverythingisAwful
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The quote above is said to be by Ed Justin and the inspiration for this movie making it possibly the only movie Based On A True Poem. Ed Justin was a guy in the movie marketing business who wrote the poem to spook his grandchildren, his friend and film producer Billy Blake loved it and thought it would be a great horror film, so bought the rights pretty cheaply and with producer Richard C. Weinman began looking for writers. Enter writers Mark Patrick Carducci and Gary Gerani, who had toyed around with an idea for a horror movie in the late seventies about a demon existing for each of man's sins, with the plan to make one about the demon of vengeance set in the backwoods(hence one of the film's taglines and it's alternate title, respectively). Carducci pitched the demon idea to Blake, who loved it and decided to merge it with the Pumpkinhead project.

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The quote above is said to be by Ed Justin and the inspiration for this movie making it possibly the only movie Based On A True Poem. Ed Justin was a guy in the movie marketing business who wrote the poem to spook his grandchildren, his friend and film producer Billy Blake loved it and thought it would be a great horror film, so bought the rights pretty cheaply and with producer Richard C. Weinman began looking for writers. Enter writers Mark Patrick Carducci and Gary Gerani, who had toyed around with an idea for a horror movie in the late seventies about a demon existing for each of man's sins, with the plan to make one about the demon of vengeance set in the backwoods(hence backwoods (hence one of the film's taglines and it's alternate title, respectively). Carducci pitched the demon idea to Blake, who loved it and decided to merge it with the Pumpkinhead project.



* HollywoodDarkness: Utilized ''excessively''. You'll be hard-pressed to tell the cast members apart after you've been squinting at the screen for half an hour.

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* HollywoodDarkness: Utilized ''excessively''. You'll be hard-pressed to tell the cast members apart after you've been squinting at the screen for half an hour.excessively, but rather beautifully.



* StockCharacter: All the teenage characters in the original. Each one is a SlasherMovie stereotype in distilled form.

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* StockCharacter: All the teenage characters in the original. Each one is a SlasherMovie stereotype in distilled form.some form, but there is some subtle depth to them if one pays close enough attention.
1st Nov '17 6:45:50 PM EverythingisAwful
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The quote above is said to be by Ed Justin and the inspiration for this movie making it possibly the only movie Based On A True Poem. However since nobody has ever heard of anything else to do with this Ed Justin some people (by which we mean someone at Wiki/TheOtherWiki) wonder if he really exists, making this possibly BasedOnAGreatBigLie while not claiming to be based on any actual fact.

The plot is actually the fairly common "Man summons demon to seek revenge" horror plot. It has the common hallmarks: the {{Jerkass Victim}}s do deserve some revenge, but he takes it too far (they did a hit-and-run on the guy's son), there is one guy who was actually trying to help the victim but is targeted for revenge anyway, the victims are a bunch of bland teens, cue MyGodWhatHaveIDone and then RedemptionEqualsDeath.

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The quote above is said to be by Ed Justin and the inspiration for this movie making it possibly the only movie Based On A True Poem. However since nobody has ever heard of anything else to do with this Ed Justin some people (by which we mean someone at Wiki/TheOtherWiki) wonder if he really exists, making this possibly BasedOnAGreatBigLie while not claiming was a guy in the movie marketing business who wrote the poem to spook his grandchildren, his friend and film producer Billy Blake loved it and thought it would be based on any actual fact.

a great horror film, so bought the rights pretty cheaply and with producer Richard C. Weinman began looking for writers. Enter writers Mark Patrick Carducci and Gary Gerani, who had toyed around with an idea for a horror movie in the late seventies about a demon existing for each of man's sins, with the plan to make one about the demon of vengeance set in the backwoods(hence one of the film's taglines and it's alternate title, respectively). Carducci pitched the demon idea to Blake, who loved it and decided to merge it with the Pumpkinhead project.

The plot is actually the fairly common "Man summons demon to seek revenge" horror plot. It has the common hallmarks: teens from the {{Jerkass Victim}}s do city come out to the backwoods for vacation, one of them gets drunk and accidentally hits over the a young boy with a bike, and the boy is the son of local grocer Ed Harley, who becomes overcome with grief and rage and goes to a witch in the mountains to summon the demon of vengeance, Pumpkinhead. [[RevengeBeforeReason While Harley's son did deserve some revenge, but he justice]], Ed takes it too far (they did a hit-and-run far, wanting revenge on all of them, even the guy's son), there is ones who merely witnessed it and the one guy who was actually trying tried to help him. As Pumpkinhead goes about its task, killing the victim teens one by one in gruesome and violent ways, Ed gets flashes of the murders and sees the pain he's causing and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone regrets what he has set loose]] and sets out to try and stop it... but is targeted for revenge anyway, the victims are learns that [[RedemptionEqualsDeath vengeance has a bunch of bland teens, cue MyGodWhatHaveIDone and then RedemptionEqualsDeath.
powerful price.]]



* DisproportionateRetribution: While many, if not all, of Pumpkinhead's victims deserve to be punished, Pumpkinhead takes it ''way'' too far.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: While many, if not all, only one of Pumpkinhead's victims deserve to be punished, deserves some form of punishment, Pumpkinhead takes it ''way'' too far.far and even kills people who tried to stop the tragic accident.



** After a while, Joel feels this way about hitting Billy Harley.



* PlayingPossum: At one point, Pumpkinhead feigns being killed to lure a character in closer.
* PumpkinPerson: Actually averted. The eponymous monster is saddled with a NonIndicativeName, and looks closer to a [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorph]].

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* PlayingPossum: At one point, Pumpkinhead feigns being killed to lure a character Joel in closer.
* PumpkinPerson: Actually averted. The eponymous monster is saddled with a NonIndicativeName, and looks closer to a [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorph]].the true reason it is named this is because of the pumpkins that grow around its body when it's buried.
8th Jul '17 9:23:10 AM nombretomado
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The quote above is said to be by Ed Justin and the inspiration for this movie making it possibly the only movie Based On A True Poem. However since nobody has ever heard of anything else to do with this Ed Justin some people (by which we mean someone at TheOtherWiki) wonder if he really exists, making this possibly BasedOnAGreatBigLie while not claiming to be based on any actual fact.

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The quote above is said to be by Ed Justin and the inspiration for this movie making it possibly the only movie Based On A True Poem. However since nobody has ever heard of anything else to do with this Ed Justin some people (by which we mean someone at TheOtherWiki) Wiki/TheOtherWiki) wonder if he really exists, making this possibly BasedOnAGreatBigLie while not claiming to be based on any actual fact.
24th Feb '17 9:00:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* SeeksAnothersResurrection: In the backstory a disabled teenage boy is murdered by a group of greasers. His distraught mother then researches witchcraft for the next several years (she's completely unrelated to the woods witch from the first film, btw) to bring him back from the dead, but decided against it when she found out that [[CameBackWrong his restless spirit would be reincarnated as an unstoppable demonic monster]], making her a subversion. But rather than destroying any of her work, [[IdiotPlot she just leaves the spellbook lying around in her cabin]] so a bunch of drunk assholes (our main characters, folks) can steal them and revive Pumpkinhead anyway.
12th Feb '17 3:21:17 AM OlfinBedwere
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* MilkingTheMonster: [[CorruptHick Mayor Bubba]] tries to stop the sheriff from killing Pumpkinhead because he thinks having an unstoppable demon rampaging around the town would be good for tourism.
* NumberedSequels

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* MilkingTheMonster: [[CorruptHick Mayor Bubba]] tries to stop the sheriff from killing Pumpkinhead because he thinks having an unstoppable demon demon rampaging around the town would be good for tourism.
tourism. Though he at least says that he doesn't believe in demons and seems under the impression that they're just dealing with some sort of wild animal, which he presumably thinks they could put down in case it became too dangerous.
* NumberedSequelsNumberedSequels: The only one of the three sequels to actually have a number in its title. The following two sequels didn't bother doing this, probably so as to make it easier to consign this film to CanonDiscontinuity status.



* TeensAreMonsters: This movie's Pumpkinhead started out as human, who was brutally beaten and hanged by a group of rowdy teens.

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* TeensAreMonsters: This movie's Pumpkinhead started out as human, who was brutally beaten and hanged by a group of rowdy teens. A different group of rowdy teens ends up being responsible for the death of his adoptive mother several decades later.
26th Jan '17 10:15:21 PM Kaltes
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*MadeOfIron: Doc Fraser. Despite being an elderly man he takes multiple blows from Pumpkinhead and even gets blown off his feet a considerable distance by an explosion, and gets back up rather easily.
7th Dec '16 6:40:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* NonIndicativeName: As mentioned, the titular demon's head doesn't really resemble a pumpkin. It gets its name from the fact that summoning it involves digging up a corpse that's been buried in a pumpkin patch.

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* NonIndicativeName: As mentioned, the titular demon's head doesn't really [[PumpkinPerson resemble a pumpkin.pumpkin]]. It gets its name from the fact that summoning it involves digging up a corpse that's been buried in a pumpkin patch.


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* PumpkinPerson: Actually averted. The eponymous monster is saddled with a NonIndicativeName, and looks closer to a [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorph]].
2nd Dec '16 1:31:51 PM ironballs16
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** Joel is also on probation at the time, [[spoiler: and winds up locking two of his friends due to their wanting to contact the authorities]].
18th Nov '16 4:09:07 PM SpideyTerry
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The witch attempted to warn Ed that vengeance always has a price.



%%* DownerEnding

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%%* DownerEnding* DownerEnding: Most of the cast is dead and [[spoiler:Ed's body is buried in a certain pumpkin patch]].



%%* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope

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%%* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Ed wanted justice for his son, but he quickly saw how out of control this was getting.


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* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Pumpkinhead will kill anyone, even Ed, if they attempt to help its prey. This was foreshadowed by the 1957 prologue, where Ed's father refused entry to a targeted man in order to protect his wife and son.
26th Oct '16 11:37:29 AM BobTanaka
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* ItCanThink: Pumpkinhead is smart enough to set traps, disable vehicles (including so subtly that they initially appear to be intact), and taunt his victims mercilessly.
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