Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes

Townsfolk revive an old demon to avenge the souls of those whose graves were desecrated.
 
 
United States
Romania
United Kingdom
2006
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Cultists: 
Worshipper
 
 
 
 
4
The prostituted demon...
 
5.04
3.04
5.04
4
1
3
3
Photography
Effects
Plot
So, they found a reason to bring back the character originally played by Lance Henricksen, the hero in Part 1, who is now dead but returns through hallucinations and has been recast. He is not needed here and complicates everything. The film starts simple enough but gets convoluted in the second half. This is a symptom of bad sequels and a simplification of the screenplay would've been needed.
Some of the gore is surprisingly well done. The photography is a notch above that of the second movie. This is one of the strongest horror franchises out there. It has a returning villain and a slasher vibe. It is doing extremely well, so far. You’d expect the franchise to deteriorate at this point, but it is still strong. A certainly level of investment is required to animate such a monster.
Unfortunately, the complex story, the compulsive use of compositing filters, the 3-D and the new filming location sometimes take us away from our comfort zone. We’re far from the quintessential creature feature that 1988’s Pumpkinhead was. Additionally, the editing makes this movie hard on the eye, sometimes hard on the brain. This isn't a bad film but it is not memorable either.
 
 
 
 
Alternate Titles: 
Pumpkinhead 3: Ashes to Ashes
Pumpkinhead III: Ashes to Ashes
Pumpkinhead 3
Pumpkinhead III
Pumpkinhead Part 3
Pumpkinhead Part III