This film was nowhere near as bad as I expected. It wasn’t as good as I hoped, but it wasn’t as bad, so I guess that makes it pretty ok. The blatantly worst part of this for nothing but money, direct to video sequel, was actually the monster parts. Greg Nicotero and company did a great job visually with the monster, but the director, camera man and producer combined to create some of the worst shots ever, making Pumpkinhead look like a ridiculous rubber suit with bad lighting. The story is actually a decent departure from the original. Of course you have the prerequisite band of teenagers who are the targets, but you also have a mystery element that surrounds a group of older and well-respected citizens of the community being killed as well. The film starts with a local gang of kids in the 1950’s and they torment and kill a local orphan/ deformed kid, that child was cared for by a local woman, who the town believes is a witch. The new town mayor, from New York, is actually a transplant. He grew up locally and left the town as a young child, only to return with his wife and troubled teenage daughter, who of course hooks up with the worst riff raff this Podunk town has to offer. Then the legend of Pumpkinhead kicks in full strength with the monster being called upon to avenge a wrongdoing. Plot wise, the film isn’t terrible, and cast wise, this film might even be stronger than the original. The film features a guest appearance by Linnea Quigley, Kane Hodder (Jason from Friday The 13th), Roger Clinton (the President’s brother), R.A. Mihailoff (Leatherface from part 3), Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster, before her breast reduction) and Andrew Robinson who played the father in Hellraiser 1 and 2. This is one of those renter films. You’ll enjoy it once, maybe twice, but I can’t see anyone really needing to own this. The disc features an audio commentary and a documentary with the cast and filmmakers. The best part of that is the director basically saying the film is mediocre at best, but it was fun to make and was down for nothing but money. (Lion’s Gate, 2700 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404) – Myk.