Ed Harley (Lance Henriksen) and his good friend Pumpkinhead (1988)
What’s the one thing that is most related to Halloween? No, not creepy old men who hand out strange candy to kids…..I’m talking about pumpkins! And what better movie to watch on Halloween night than a movie with the word pumpkin in it. Sorry Charlie Brown, not talking about you, but about the 1988 Stan Winston directed creature feature: Pumpkinhead.
I’ve always had a soft spot for this one, mostly due to Stan Winston’s amazing creature effects, but having Lance Henriksen in the movie doesn’t exactly hurt either. For required viewing on Halloween night, Pumpkinhead is a must. Just the overall feel of the movie, especially when Pumpkinhead himself starts exacting revenge for Ed Harley (Henriksen), perfectly captures that old school horror vibe. A simpler time before CGI ran rampant in every movie, it reminds me of the Universal Monster era and seems perfect to have on while you’re handing out candy to the little shits knocking at your door. It’s ok…..I used to be one of those little shits. So do yourself a favor and snatch Pumpkinhead off the shelf or off Netflix this Halloween and reminisce while sipping on some Pumpkin Ale this year!