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The 50 Scariest Monsters In Movie History

46. Pumpkinhead

Appears in: Pumpkinhead (1988), Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings (1994), Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes (2006), Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud (2007)
Scariest moment: Thinking he's shot Pumpkinhead dead, Joel (John D'Aquino) does what all idiotic characters in horror movies do: He checks the seemingly lifeless body. Then, the monster impales Joel with his own rifle, once again giving validity to the old phrase, "Leave well enough alone."
Weakness: Any harm done to Ed Harley (Lance Henriksen), the father of the dead boy whose vengeance Pumpkinhead seeks.

It should come as no surprise that Pumpkinhead, a wholly original horror film marked by its ingenious premise, was the brainchild of Stan Winston, the master of special effects. Who else could imagine a large, hideous demon spawned when a witch combines a pumpkin and a human corpse?

Wisely, Winston also cared about story while putting Pumpkinhead together, and its emphasis on character is what has given the film its current cult status. Lance Henriksen shines as a grieving father who's hell-bent on making the bastards who inadvertently killed his young son—via reckless dirt bike riding—pay with their lives. Hence his meeting with the aforementioned witch and her decision to save the orange squash from being used as a jack-o'-lantern.

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