Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings (1994)

Posted: January 3, 2014 in Movie Review
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Pumpkinhead 2

Directed By: Jeff Burr

Starring: Andrew Robinson, Ami Dolenz, Soleil Moon Frye, Trevor Edmond, Hill Harper, Linnea Quigly, Kane Hodder, Joe Unger

Synopsis: Pumpkinhead is back for a double dose of revenge.

Thoughts: It took 6 years, but Pumpkinhead would make his return in Blood Wings, a direct-to-video release in 1994.  I am a huge fan of the original and really think that a really good franchise possibility was messed up.  Sure, we’ve seen 4 movies to date, but they have been so spaced apart and so poorly made that they barely make a ripple in the horror genre.

For what it is worth, Blood Wings is pretty well made.  Pumpkinhead himself looks pretty good; not nearly as good as the original, but better than later efforts.  It amazes me that with the advances in FX techniques that the quality can degrade so much.  I get that budgets drop drastically, but you can’t tell me that the original had a massive budget (although it did have Stan Winston).

The cast is pretty cliché, especially the “standard” high school kids.  The very recognizable Andrew Robinson played the new town sheriff who has just moved back to town and is the only one with a chance to stop Pumpkinhead.  I’ve always been a fan of Robinson’s work.  He’s played on countless TV shows as well as many genre entries.  He’s probably most well known to gore-hounds as Larry from Hellraiser.  I didn’t realize it at the time, but a grown up Punky Brewster (Soleil Moon Frye) also starred in this. Horror icons Kane Hodder and Linnea Quigly also make cameo appearances.

The name Jeff Burr didn’t ring any bells to me, but when I checked out this guy’s filmography, I was blown away by the amount of horror sequels he has done.  He’s got Stepfather II, TCM III and Puppet Master 4 & 5 on his resume in addition to a pretty cool looking scarecrow flick, Night of the Scarecrow.  He obviously didn’t make a big enough impact to become a big time player, but he does enough right to keep getting work.  There’s a lot to be said for that.

I didn’t love Blood Wings, but I also didn’t hate it.  It was pretty much right down the middle for me.  I think it is worth seeing for fans of the original, because this is as good a sequel as we’ve seen so far.  If you can pick it up cheap or better yet, catch it streaming somewhere, give it a shot.

  1. Fringe Void says:

    I like this one, but 3 and 4’s poor CGI left a bad taste in my mouth. Jeff Burr’s sequels are usually pretty solid. His first movie was a cool anthology flick with Vincent Price called From a Whisper to a Scream.

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