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PUMPKINHEAD: ASHES TO ASHES
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Reviewed by: JimmyO

Directed by: Jake West

Starring:
Doug Bradley
Lance Henriksen
Dog Roberts

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What's it about
A small town secret comes out when they realize someone is desecrating the graves of their loved ones. A small group of outraged and heartbroken townsfolk decide that something must be done... and that something is Pumpkinhead.
Is it good movie?
Story goes… long time ago there wus this fella by the name Ed Harley. See this poor soul little one passed on due to some rascally kids and he raised an ole’ demon that folks call “Pumpkinhead”, but it seems that when you want vengeance, you pay a little of your own soul. Yes, it’s another sequel for Pumpkinhead, and this time, Lance Henriksen returns as the ghost of his original character who has now been taken in by the crazy old hag. He is now the one they call Pumpkinhead, and frankly, whenever Lance is around, the film almost works. It all starts when the town doctor (Doug Bradley of Hellraiser fame) kills a traveler who finds out his dirty little secret. In order to be able to take care of the townsfolk, he has to steal the organs from the dead. When the secret is discovered by crazy Molly (Tess Panzer) who find her passed on child as part of the corpse collection. The good doctor and his cronies just buried the bodies in little ditches around in the woods instead of putting them back, I suppose. That is just one of the many questions about this sequel. The problem is, with all the plot holes and too many bad Southern accents, this is just a copy of the original in true sequel form. More blood, more bodies and just more of everything. More is not always better.

What starts off in an interesting direction soon gets bogged down with inconsistencies and nobody to care about. It seems like this Pumpkinhead is really just out to kill stuff. Yeah, the vengeance is played up but the ones responsible for the corpse mutilation are just so damn unlikable. Doug Bradley as the doctor who turns more and more evil as the movie plays out, is also one of the better actors here. The dialects just seemed to keep getting in the way of many of these guys. There is no consistence, just a lot of twang goin’ on. But on a positive note, you do get to see most of these peeps suffer somewhat gory murders. It was nice to see a little blood but that is only a small joy because soon, the CG comes in like a really bad digital bat out of a digital hell. With a small budget, they did what they could. In fact, sometimes the monster looked cool, but much of the time, it just looked… well, lame. And since I didn’t care for the characters, and the monster didn’t float my boat, it left little to keep me enthralled. Not a bad monster flick. Just not really scary or interesting. But if you just have to see all the Pumpkinhead movies, or you just want a cheesy flick about a dude with a pumpkin shaped head… this may be for you.
Video / Audio
Video: This is a nice 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer but occasionally it gets a bit too dark.

Audio: The 5.1 Dolby Digital sounds good. It is pretty much what you would expect for a somewhat high profile DTV sequel.
The Extras
Trailers... yep, just trailers. "Attack of the Gryphon", "Decoys: The Second Seduction" and "Night Skies".
Last Call
I loved the original Pumpkinhead. It is one of the few horror flicks that really made me feel as strongly for a character thanks to a wonderful performance by Lance Henriksen. In the second sequel, he returns and is the brightest spot in the movie. Part 3 tries very hard to conjure up the heart of the original. The simple story of revenge is timeless. But I think time may have run out for this franchise. We have some good to awful accents and a very slow moving plot. It’s still worth a look if you’ve seen the other two, and Doug Bradley is good as the evil doctor. And this is even better than the last sequel, yet it is still unnecessary. If you love this franchise, check this out. If not, this kind of vengeance can stay buried.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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