Pumpkinhead 3 : Ashes to Ashes

Tag line : Dead, Buried and Back with a Vengeance.

Pumpkinhead 3 : Ashes to AshesThis somewhat belated third film in the Pumpkinhead series (coming some 13 years after the previous film) stars horror veteran Doug Bradley as a small town doctor, who along with the family that runs the local funeral home, has been making money on the side by secretly harvesting organs from the bodies that pass through their businesses, then dumping them in the swamp.

When they eventually get found out, the locals are extremely unhappy to say the least, and despite the Sheriff arresting them, aren't convinced that the law will do anything to them. Notwithstanding, one local resident, Molly Sue Allen (Tess Panzer), goes with her family to visit the old witch that lives in the forest to see about summoning up Pumpkinhead, who they believe will sort them out for them (does every small country town have one of these witches then?).

Lance Henricksen returns as the ghost of Ed Harley (his character from the first film), who tries to warn them against summoning up the demon, but to no avail. As pretty soon, Pumpkinhead is on the rampage again, carving his way through the guys from the funeral home, whilst the Doc (Doug Bradley) is busy trying to kill the family that summoned him. Believing that doing so will stop it.

Directed by Jake West (Evil Aliens), this was originally made for the US TV networks and pretty much ignores the events of part 2, instead following more closely the story of original film. Personally, I really enjoyed this and found it to be terrific fun. If you liked the original "Pumpkinhead" you should enjoy this, there was a slight element of dark humour, but wouldn't call this a comedy of such. . It was certainly good to see Lance Henricksen in this again in any case.

Overall Marks : 5/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag line "He threw their loved ones into a swamp. Now they want revenge... But when a demon does their dirty work, it comes at a price".

  • Filmed on location in Bucharest, Romania.

  • The films budget was $6,000,000.

  • Jake West got the job of director after the Sci-Fi channel execs, who were financing the film, saw his movie Evil Aliens at the Toronto film festival.

  • Dan Astileanu, who plays the town's Sheriff, also starred in Subspecies 4 and Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis.

  • Doug Bradley was offered the role of Doc Fraser after Jake West met him at a horror movie convention in Luxembourg.

  • The version screened by the Sci-Fi channel for its TV premiere toned down, or used alternate "softer" takes of some of the bloodier scenes. The version released to DVD was uncut.

  • Though not listed in the credits, Pumpkinhead was played by stuntman Bob Gunter.

  • Jake West also directed "Doghouse", "Evil Aliens" and "Razor Blade Smile".

  • The character of Bunt Wallace also featured in the original movie. They had wanted original actor Brian Brehmer to reprise the role, but were unable to get in touch with him, so Doug Roberts was cast in his place.

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