YMMV / Pumpkinhead

  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "Just Like You" from Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings, performed by Roger Clinton, who plays Mayor Bubba.
  • Fan Nickname : Due to having a similar body structure (which is more than likely a byproduct of its creator), several people affectionately call him "Hillbilly Xenomorph"
  • Idiot Plot: Much of the plot of Blood Wings is set off by Danny killing Tommy's mother for no reason and then summoning Pumpkinhead for, again, no reason.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Haggis usually warns the would-be avengers that they're about to cross it. And she knows that she has crossed it long ago, as when Harley says "Goddamn you" her answer is a cynical smile and the retort He already has.
    • Joel is one of the only of the kids who can be adequately described as a Jerkass Victim. After all causing an accident is one thing but deliberately abandoning the victim, a little boy, to save your skin and sabotage your friends' attempts to help and even strike one of the them is another.
  • Narm: Along with the aforementioned Idiot Plot, this is one of the biggest problems with Blood Wings.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Bloodwings: Pumpkinhead's Revenge, an unfairly difficult hybrid between a First-Person Shooter and Full Motion Video game with some Adventure Game elements and many Guide Dang It! moments. Its numerous flaws were duly covered on The Spoony Experiment.
  • Sequelitis: The second film, Blood Wings, ignored the first and was terrible. The next two sequels, however, while nowhere near the first one's quality, were a bit better and at least had something to do with the original.
  • Squick: The implication in Blood Wings that Tommy was the result of Pumpkinhead having... relations with a woman.
  • Tearjerker:
    • Harley's last moments with his son Billy are agonizing to watch.
    • Ed Harley is fundamentally a good man who makes a terrible decision in his grief, only to realize the horror of what he's unleashed. Even his Heroic Sacrifice to stop Pumpkinhead does not change his fate, and he is buried in the pumpkin patch to become the next Pumpkinhead. We get the sense that the old witch was right: Harley is irrevocably damned.
    • Maggie's death is also rather hard to stomach, as she was completely innocent, tried desperately to stop Billy Harley from getting in the way of the bikes, and has a total emotional breakdown after he is hit. She is not spared a bit of wrath from Pumpkinhead, and even has a cross carved into her forehead simply because she's a religious person, possibly making Pumpkinhead the most petty Jerk Ass demon around.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Pumpkinhead itself in the first film.
  • What an Idiot! : Joel in the first movie. One would think that someone on parole for drunk driving would want to keep alcohol and motorized vehicles as far away from each other as possible, but he's seen being intoxicated while driving his car and then even more intoxicated when he wants to drive his ATV, which results in him injuring a child. And then he decides to prevent any of his "friends" from calling for medical aide by any means necessary, because apparently drunkenly hitting a child is far worse than hit-and-run, vehicular manslaughter, kidnapping, torture, physical assault, destruction of private property (the cabin where he cut the phone lines was a rental), AND disobeying parole. Yes, there's Truth in Television , but even when it happens in real life, the people who do so are idiots.