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Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes (2006)

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Residents of a small backwoods community summon the murderous demon of vengeance himself for revenge against a local mortician who wronged their deceased love ones, while a town physician seeks to kill those involved in its summoning.

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Jake West

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Barbara Werner (screenplay), Jake West (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Doug Bradley ... Doc Fraser
Lance Henriksen ... Ed Harley
Lisa McAllister Lisa McAllister ... Dahlia Wallace
Tess Panzer Tess Panzer ... Molly Sue Allen
Emanuel Parvu ... Oliver Allen
Ioana Ginghina Ioana Ginghina ... Ellie Johnson
Douglas Roberts ... Bunt Wallace (as Doug Roberts)
Radu Iacoban ... Richie
Catalin Paraschiv Catalin Paraschiv ... Ronnie Johnson
Dan Astileanu Dan Astileanu ... Sheriff Bullock (as Dan Astilean)
Dicu Aurel ... Tiny Wallace (as Aurel Dicu)
Iulian Glita Iulian Glita ... Junior Wallace
Lynne Verrall ... Haggis
Emil Hostina ... Lenny
Philip Bowen Philip Bowen ... Reverend McGee
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Storyline

A small backwoods community has discovered that the local mortician has been cutting corners by dumping the bodies of their loved ones in a nearby swamp as opposed to cremating them as promised. Infuriated by the horrific desecration endured by the dearly departed, the residents of the town seek out a local witch with the power to resurrect the demon of vengeance. As the demon Pumpkinhead rises to claim the lives of all who took part in the abominable scheme, the eccentric town physician who masterminded an illegal organ donor business makes it his mission to murder any and all who played a part in unleashing the murderous monster. Written by Thanasis Milios

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Dead and buried... but back with a vengeance! See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/gore and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA | Romania | Switzerland

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pumpkinhead: El llamado de la tumba See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Around the 50 minute mark in the film a whole stack of puzzle boxes from the Hellraiser series can be seen in the background on a table in the office of the doctor played by Doug Bradley (Pinhead from the Hellraiser series ). See more »

Goofs

When Molly Sue pulls a revolver on Lenny and again when she pulls the revolver on Doctor Fraser, the sound of the revolver cocking can be heard. However, the revolver is a double action only revolver which cannot be cocked without the trigger being pulled; it is difficult to pull the trigger without firing. See more »

Quotes

Ellie Johnson: [to Pumpkinhead] You's the devil, ain't ya? Take me home!
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Connections

Follows Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings (1993) See more »

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Although better than Pumpkinhead 2: Bloodwings, Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes fails to fully deliver a satisfying and fresh adaptation of the story.
29 October 2006 | by HavrahaSee all my reviews

As a fan of the original movie, I've always been attracted to the story and effects associated with Pumpkinhead. However, this movie fails to fulfill every craving a Pumpkinhead fan might have.

The most notable flaw of the movie is its acting. As the original movie depicted a folk-world lost from civilization, this movie's depiction of the southern environment that the story resides in could be considered parody by comparison. The southern accents are so labored and over exaggerated that you may not stand to watch the movie past its opening scenes. Not to mention that certain key actor's presentations are so dull and boring that you may wonder exactly how they got their roles in the first place. The lines are delivered as flat memorization ... no ... rather like they're being read from cue cards instead.

The shining gem of this movie is Lance Hendrikson's small role. His sheer presence on the screen not only mesmerizes but may make you forget you're actually watching a low-grade Sci-Fi Films movie, if only for a split second. It's a shame Hendrikson does not play a larger part in the film than he does, for if the story revolved around him, the presence of so many acting follies could have been forgiven.

The story does take quite a few surprising turns and introduces more than you might have expected, but in the end you may look back and wonder exactly what the logic was behind certain scenes. Although not uncommon, the director should have known his movie was going to be put under the scrutiny of fans, and its utter stupidity in some cases is ultimately its downfall.

And although the writers do show that they're definitely fans of the original movie, they seem to ignore the artistic genius behind Pumpkinhead's presence, portraying him as a quick, ruthless, and indiscriminate killer of anything he comes across, which is in stark contrast to the slow, lumbering, and horrifying sense of dread the original movie gave to the character.

All in all, the movie is still better than the original sequel 10 fold, but will nonetheless disappoint most fans of a groundbreaking cult film.


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