Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Pumpkinhead 4 (2007)

In this installment, Pumpkinhead is summoned to avenge the younger sister of a man who's family has been caught in a bitter rivalry with the family of the girl he loves. The girl was killed when the brothers of his girlfriend discover their affair and mistakenly run her down while trying to attack their sisters lover. To my amazement, this film wasn't terrible. It is by no means good, but it is watchable. The stock made-for-TV acting complete with ridiculous Southern accents can both be overlooked in anticipation of a surprising amount of gore and practical creature FX. Unlike the third film, 95% of BLOOD FEUD is done within the frame, with very little CG used whatsoever. This more than makes up for the dry and retread revenge plot, especially after the computer FX were abused so heavily in the last entry. Pumpkinhead actually looks pretty good as well, and I would rate the costume design and functionality in this one second only to the original film. From exploding heads to severed limbs, there is also enough of the red stuff to please any gore fan. This is a far cry from the awesomeness that is PUMPKINHEAD, but for a direct to SyFy Channel sequel it will probably surprise most fans of the series.

Rating: 5/10.
Entertainment: 6/10.
Gore: 7/10.
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6 comments:

  1. I know I haven't seen more than parts 1 & 2 of this series!

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  2. Part 3 boasts both Lance Henriksen and Doug Bradley in starring roles, and Lance returned here as the spirit of Ed Harley once more. Not that any of the performances improved the films, but its worthy of note ;)

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  3. Yeah, Part 3 was pretty bad- cheap plug: http://mondobizarrocinema.blogspot.com/2009/10/out-of-your-gord-pumpkinhead-3.html- for sure.

    Given Carl's recommendation- we usually agree with Godzilla or Santa are not involved-, I'll give this one a look. Incidentally, if you really want to see a bad 'Pumpkinhead' project, you need to see the PC game. Spoony covered it at The Spoony Experiment and it is bad beyond belief!

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  4. Is there REALLY a Pumpkinhead videogame?? Ohh man now that I have to see, I cant imagine it being any better (worse) than the Zelda CD series

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  5. I've only seen it second-hand, but it looks god-awful. Here's the link: http://spoonyexperiment.com/2009/10/30/fmv-hell-halloween-special-bloodwings-pumpkinheads-revenge/

    You will feel his pain!

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  6. Watched it in all of its terrible glory.. Ugh. Can you imagine actually having bought that back when PH2 came out? That was impressively terrible, but fuck man could Spoony make any longer videos??

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