|At the time of writing, 'Pumpkinhead' is one of only two feature films directed by special effects master Stan Winston, known for his classic special effects work in 'The Terminator', 'Aliens', and 'Predator'.
The main character Ed Harley is played by Lance Henriksen, who I usually find very enjoyable. He adequately portrays a haunted, vengeful shell of a man, but the script takes the character into weird situations, ultimately leaving a somewhat unconvincing image of the character.
The plot is mostly structured as a standard teenage slasher, as the vengeance demon Pumpkinhead kills teenagers one by one.
The Pumpkinhead demon itself is the centerpiece of the movie. It seems inspired from both 'Alien' and 'Predator'. Both of these movies take the 'less is more' approach to creature-based horror. 'Pumpkinhead' takes the 'more is more' approach, letting the demon spend a little too much time on the screen, leaving the effects a bit too exposed.
'Pumpkinhead' is a bit naive, but is still worth a watch, especially for those of us who enjoy summoning vengeance demons.
I mean, for those of us, who enjoy *movies* about summoning vengeance demons.