Pumpkinhead 4 : Blood Feud

Tag line : Vengeance Will Be His!!!

Pumpkinhead 4 : Blood FeudFilmed back-to-back with part 3, this story revolves a long standing feud between 2 families of farmers, the Hatfields and the McCoys (no, SERIOUSLY). The bitter rivalry between them has been going on for generations, but things really get out of hand one evening when a couple of the Hatfields accidentally kill one of the younger McCoy sisters.

As a result, her older Brother Ricky goes to see the old witch in the woods (there appears to be one of these living near every small country town it seems), and shortly afterwards, Pumpkinhead is on the loose once more, on a mission to wipe out the Hatfield clan. But this proves to be not such a good idea, as Ricky has been secretly seeing young Jody Hatfield, and she is less than happy about having her whole family wiped out just so that they can be together.

With Pumpkinhead busy carving his way through the Hatfields in loving detail, and attempts to stop the creature predictably failing, the rest of the McCoys decide to call a truce to see if they can stop this creature together. The local Sheriff alsonseems to have some prior history with this creature and may have an answer, but neither side may like what he has to say...

Lance Henricksen is back as the ghost of Ed Harley, and the film also stars Rob Freeman (The Dead) as the Sheriff. Slightly different in style and tone from the previous movie, being written and directed this time by Michael Hurst, I found this to be quite good fun, though I think preferred part 3 better. It was good to see Lance Henricksen in this again anyway. If you enjoyed the other films, you should enjoy this.

Overall marks : 5/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Jake West was originally to have written and directed this along with part 3. However, the studio didn't like his story and wanted him to submit another one. But as he was busy sorting out filming locations he didn't have time, so they hired Michael Hurst to take over.

  • The film was originally titled "Love Hurts", but was changed to "Blood Feud" prior to release.

  • Filmed in Bucharest, Romania, back to back with Pumpkinhead 3 : Ashes to Ashes.

  • Amy Manson, who played Jodie, went on to star in the British TV series "Being Human"

  • Mike Hurst only had a week to write the script.

  • Stuntman Bob Gunter played Pumpkinhead in both this and part 3.

  • The names Hatfield and McCoy were taken from a couple of real life families that became involved in a long running feud near the West-Virginia/Kentucky border in America during the late 1800s. The feud went on for over 13 years, claiming the lives of many members of both families, also resulting in the jailing and public execution of the family members that perpetrated the crimes. The Hatfield-McCoy feud subsequently became legendary in American history.

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