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Crimson Glory
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« on: November 19, 2008, 12:54:50 am »

Pumpkinhead is a 1988 supernatural horror film, combining elements of fable, fairy tale, and morality. It was the directorial debut of noted special-effects artist Stan Winston. A group of teenagers camping in a remote mountain resort kill a boy in a dirtbike accident and cover it up, exciting his aggrieved father (Lance Henriksen) to vow for revenge. Enlisting the help of a local witch, an old woman named Haggis, he conjures up a demonic monster, nicknamed "Pumpkinhead" by the local rural mountain folk because of the "Pumpkin Patch Graveyard" it is buried in, to kill those responsible for his son's death. When the monster starts killing the teenagers, the man sees visions of the murders, feels the victims' pain, and believing his vengeance has gone too far, attempts to aid the teenagers. It is implied that after Pumpkinhead has completed his work the father has become the next Pumpkinhead, and is placed in the graveyard for the next person to summon.

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Crimson Glory
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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2008, 12:56:33 am »

Original poem
Pumpkinhead was inspired by the following poem by Ed Justin:

Keep away from Pumpkinhead,
Unless you're tired of living,
His enemies are mostly dead,
He's mean and unforgiving,
Laugh at him and you're undone,
But in some dreadful fashion,
Vengeance, he considers fun,
And plans it with a passion,
Time will not erase or blot,
A plot that he has brewing,
It's when you think that he's forgot,
He'll conjure your undoing,
Bolted doors and windows barred,
Guard dogs prowling in the yard,
Won't protect you in your bed,
Nothing will, from Pumpkinhead.

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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2008, 01:01:18 am »

A sequel, entitled Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings, went straight to video in 1994. A third movie, called Pumpkinhead 3: The Original Sin was written by Jeffery Reddick, the writer of Final Destination, but issues of the rights prevented it from entering production. Two additional sequels, titled Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes and Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud, were filmed in 2006 as made for television movies and aired on SCI FI. Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes aired in October 2006, and Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud aired on February 10, 2007.

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