PUMPKINHEAD: BLOOD FEUD
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
The Hatfields and the McCoys revive their age old feud in some backwoods country. Unforunately, two of them have gone all Romeo and Juliet style and fallen in love. When an innocent family member dies in vain, the boy conjured up Pumpkinhead despite the protest of Ed's ghost. Lots of people get killed.
Is it good movie?
I'm a huge fan of the Pumpkinhead premise, but the series has had some serious hiccups, and those are pretty much the last two sequels. The first film is flawed, but easily the best of those released so far. So with Sony behind the reigns, how does this DTV sequel fare?
Well, good, and then not so good. The idea of a 'blood feud' between two families serving as Pumpkinhead's raison d'etre was really a smart idea. The concept of split-second rash decisions serving as a death sentence to the mostly guilty is a great concept, and this plot fleshes it out well. I also thought it was a genius move to re-cast Lance Henriksen in his role as Ed, although he plays a ghost of himself. It's not like the guy is doing a whole lot else lately, and I don't know why, cause he's awesome. His inclusion adds a ton of credibility and character to this low budget flick.
Other than that, I mostly have complaints. Although my gripes are plentiful, they're not huge, so don't let that stop you from watching this one. Here's my biggest complaint- you see Pumpkinhead way too much. Some people like the idea that the monster invades the whole film, but if you ask me, in this case, less is more. The effects are decently done for a movie made on little budget, but that's just it- the film isn't a multi million dollar one so you have to protect your assets. Like Batman, Pumpkinhead belongs in the shadows, he shouldn't just be walking around in plain sight. Constant exposure makes the creature look cheap and fake and totally takes you out of the film. Also, what's with Pumpkinhead's kills? He pushes people around and makes them fall on things and stab themselves. That isn't very ferocious for a monster like him. And there are also hands (or claws) on kills that look powerfully weak.
What was with the audio in this movie? Were some characters dubbed, or was the recording method bizarre? That drove me F'n nuts.
Lastly, the subplot with the police officer was weak and should've been dropped from the film in my opinion.
Video / Audio
Video is 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and is sharp, up to Sony's standards.
Audio is Dolby 5.1 and was a bit front heavy, but still good enough.
Nathing, zip, zilch zero.
Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud isn't a terrible film. It's by all means watchable and I didn't hate it, but with a little tweaking, it could have been so much better. The premise is great and the acting was decent enough, but next time they need to hide the monster in the shadows and for god's sake, record the audio right the first time!