It’s not all that surprising that this movie was somewhat panned by critics just simply given the nature of it but I agree with many horror fans that it’s criminally underrated.
Monster movies are severely lacking in modern horror so it was a treat to dip back into the 80’s just to meet Pumpkinhead. This film has a very clear and concise background that feels just fleshed out enough without compromising the mystery that surrounds the creature himself.
Even the performances are underrated, Lance Henriksen is fantastic and although none of the other roles wow’d me, they weren’t indicative of the cheesy period of horror this film arrived in.
The effects are fucking killer, Pumpkinhead looks awesome and although I wish everything was gorier, the creature design more than made up for it.
That’s basically it, just a really awesome 80’s monster movie. I can’t speak for the sequels but definitely check this one out.