History Film / Pumpkinhead

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.
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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.



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



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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.
26th Oct '16 11:36:21 AM BobTanaka
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* PlayingPossum: At one point, Pumpkinhead feigns being killed to lure a character in closer.
26th Oct '16 11:34:56 AM BobTanaka
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** More straightforwardly, Pumpkinhead prefers to kill his victims in front of each other.
22nd Oct '16 2:18:29 PM Morgenthaler
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* CameBackWrong: Pumpkinhead was originally a mentally retarded boy who was killed by a group of teenagers in the 1950s. His distraught mother researched witchcraft to find a way to bring him back, but opted against it because it would revive him as an unstoppable demonic killing machine. Of course, our stupid main characters decide to do just that.
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