Pumpkinhead 2 : Blood Wings title

Tag line : They couldn't leave the dead enough alone.

Pumpkinhead 2 : Blood WingsThe original Pumpkinhead might not have been the runaway success the studios had hoped for, but it had proved to be a moderately successful home video hit, so it was with this in mind a sequel was duly commissioned.

Set in a small country town, a group of teenagers inadvertently burn down the house of a strange old woman, who the locals jokingly refer to as "the old witch". Unfortunately in doing so, they unleash the vengeful demon "Pumkinhead" and shortly afterwards, the bodies of several members of the group, and various other townsfolk, start turning up horribly mangled.

The local Sheriff, played by Andrew Robinson (better known as the psycho guy from Dirty Harry), is baffled by the killings, as he's certain the mangled remains are not the work of a wild animal, but finds it hard to believe it's the work of a mythical demon. However, the town Magistrate, Judge Dixon (Steve Kanaly, or "That bloke out of Dallas" as he's also known as), seems to know a lot more about what's happening than he is letting on.

But as the Sheriff's daughter and the Judges son were both present when the old woman's house burned down, it becomes a race against time to try and find a way of stopping the creature before their kids become the next victims.

Directed by Jeff Burr (Leatherface : Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3), this might not be a cinematic masterpiece, but I found this to be a highly enjoyable enough popcorn flick. This one of those films that's fun for mostly the wrong reasons, such as the cheesy acting and the creature being all too obviously a guy in a suit. The scene where the couple in the barn are massacred to the sound of sweet country music was hilariously good fun to say the least.

The film does at least feature a relatively strong supporting cast of horror B-movie actors. So as long as you view this for what it is, you can't really go wrong. Look out for horror veteran Kane Hodder and Scream Queen Linnea Quigley who both have minor roles.

Overall marks : 4/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • When the old witch grabs the table cloth, which knocks over the candles and starts the fire, the "Necronomicon" (Book of the Dead) prop from the "Evil Dead" films can be seen on the table.

  • Andrew Robinson also played Larry Cotton in "Hellraiser", though he's probably known as being the psychotic killer from the first "Dirty Harry" film. He also played the character of 'Garak' in the sci-fi series "Star Trek : Deep Space 9".

  • This film spawned a CD-Rom game "Blood Wings : Pumpkinhead's Revenge" which featured footage from the film.

  • The special effects were handled by KNB EFX, who also worked on the "Evil Dead" films, amongst many others.

  • Lance Henricksen was offered a role in the film, but didn't like the script, so he declined.

  • Jeff Burr also directed "Stepfather 2", "Leatherface : Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3" and some of the later "Puppet Master" sequels.

  • RA Milhailoff, who played Leatherface in "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3" and Kane Hodder, who played Jason in some of the later "Friday the 13th" sequels both have minor roles in the film.

  • Horror veteran Linnea Quigley, who has a minor role in the film, also played the zombie punk 'Trash' in the original "Return of the Living Dead". J Trevor Edmonds, who plays Danny, also played Curt in "Return of the Living Dead 3".

  • Danny, the Judges son, was originally going to die by getting his head accidentally blown off by a shotgun. However this was changed to Pumpkinhead ripping his head off, so the effects crew had to re-tool the prosthetic prop they'd built of the actors head.

  • Steve Kanaly, who plays Judge Dixon, is probably best known for his role of 'Ray Krebbs' from the old US TV series "Dallas".

  • Joe Unger, who played Ernest, also starred in "Leatherface : Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3", which was also directed by Jeff Burr. He also had a minor role as Sgt Garcia in the original "Nightmare on Elm Street"

  • Ami Dolenz, who played Jenny the Sheriff's daughter, also played Paige in "Witchboard 2".

  • Mayor Bubba was played by Roger Clinton, who is actually the Brother of former US president Bill Clinton.

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