Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings – USA, 1994 – overview and reviews

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Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings is a 1994 American supernatural horror feature film directed by Jeff Burr and stars Andrew Robinson, Ami Dolenz,and Soleil Moon Frye.

It was a direct-to-video sequel to the 1988 horror film Pumpkinhead.

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When five teenagers unwittingly resurrect a demon, nobody is safe from the creature’s bloody rampage. But this monster is different: inside its demonic frame dwells the soul of a boy murdered years ago. Can the evil creature be killed without destroying the innocent boy trapped within?

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According to Jeff Burr on the DVD’s audio commentary, a few short seconds were cut from the film in order to avoid an NC-17. These were mainly from Pumpkinhead clawing up the farmer in the first death scene, and from the monster’s own death at the end.

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A video game adaptation, Bloodwings: Pumpkinhead’s Revenge, was released for DOS in 1995. The game sold poorly at the time of its release and received little attention. The game is a first-person shooter and includes several video clips taken from Pumpkinhead II.

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Reviews:

“If you can get past the terrible acting, there’s a damn good time to be had. I swear. A double digit body-count, a jaunty 88 minutes (one death every 8.8 minutes), a menacing energy and pitch-perfect atmosphere and some stellar (albeit cheesy at times) FX work, yeah… you could do a lot worse.” Jake Dee, Arrow in the Head

Director Jeff Burr has crafted a fairly entertaining hard-R little creature feature tossing plenty of overblown gore and corny story elements my way for me to get on board with it. Bottom line: I had fun watching this film.” DVD Verdict

“It’s a bit of fun while it lasts, at least the direction is half decent on this one and there are glimpses of the original’s rich atmosphere, albeit glitzier. After the first half hour or so the kills come fast and furious and a decapitation is the highlight, amongst some limbs lost, a great impaling and lots of blood splattering on walls.” Oh, The Horror!

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“Plot holes and logic gaps abound for sure, but dammit, I’m just gonna let Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings be great. Well, not great. As I said, not even good. It’s certainly inferior to the original film. Geez, I was expecting to point at this movie and laugh…but we had a good time together, ol’ P-Head and I. And that’s one to grow on.” Final Girl

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