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Pumpkinhead (1988) -Film Review

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Stan Winston introduces to use to world of fantasy and intrigue in his directorial, with advent of folk tales of things that go literally bump in the night this fright-fest is a cleverly woven moralistic tale of the repercussions of revenge the the terrible price in which can paid.


The plot is about revenge and how that can spurn a whole series of unfortunate events and how those events can cause desperation in a person anger, sadness, guilt and yearning for the “what if’s” . When the dust the settles and the deal has been made what price will your revenge be on others?

In sense that is what Pumpkinhead is about contemporary take old and a tale of old of sadness, revenge and retribution the main plot is spurned on in the first half and it goes from there and that is what makes this an enjoyable at times and sad movie so in a sense it is very much like two movies brought together, playing out like a  family drama in the first half and a fantasy tale in the  latter.


The movie is a worthy of the upgrade  from the recent DVD edition. The movie was viewed on a HD TV (1080p  24fps Blu-Ray by  Shout! Factory). The picture is crisp, clear and well balanced with its orange hues and saturated tones which are well balanced there is minimal specs of print dust. The audio is clear with deep bass and a detailed surround sound experience.


This is an underrated movie in many respects, with an excellent cast, moving plot with an new spin on the “folklore bogeyman” tale and an excellent rendition of a monster with superb special effects this is worthy of far more credit in the annuals of the horror genre. Highly recommended.


Author: Paul Isaacs

Paul was branded as a “naughty & difficult child” at school. He was classically autistic and non-verbal due to speech articulation difficulties. He had complex sensory issues and appeared both deaf and blind. He gained functional speech around the age of 7 or 8 years old. He went through the mainstream school system with no additional help or recognition of his autism. Consequently, he did not achieve his academic or his social potential and had very low self-esteem. At age 11, Paul was referred to the children’s mental health service with childhood depression where he was regarded as “developmentally underage” and having speech problems. As an adult, Paul had a string of unsuccessful jobs, and his mental health suffered. He developed both Borderline and Schizotypal Personality Disorders in early 2007. He was referred to mental health services and misdiagnosed with “Asperger traits with a complex personality”, which did not satisfy Paul or his family. A local autism organisation put Paul in touch with an experienced psychiatrist, who diagnosed him with Autism at 24 years old. In 2012 Paul was also diagnosed with Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome by an Irlen Consultant who confirmed that he also had face, object and meaning blindness – conditions which Paul describes eloquently in his speeches and training sessions. He also has dyslexia, dyscalculia and also a dissociative disorder. Having started working as an local autism organisation as a public speaker in 2010, Paul joined their mission to promote autism awareness. His hope is that others will not have to suffer as he did. Now also a core member of our Training Team, Paul continues to enhance true understanding of autism at every opportunity. Paul has released and published 5 books on the subject of autism published by Chipmunka publishing and has contributed to other books too. Having overcome many challenges to achieve the success that he now enjoys, Paul’s message is that Autism is a complex mix of ability and disability. He firmly believes that every Autistic person should have the opportunity to reach their potential and be regarded as a valued member of society. Apart from autism related blogs Paul also write about movies, fashion, art and anything that is of interest. As of August 2015 Paul now works as a freelance speaker, training and consultant in and around the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire area. If you are interested please contact him via email at

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