Pumpkinhead gets a gimmick!
In order to bring back the elements we liked from Part 1 while avoiding redundancy, it was decided, by the writers, that a bunch of clumsy teenagers were to run over the witch from the original movie, triggering a familiar series of events. Improbable but convenient, this plot device is the best thing they could've come up with. The new material is then both fresh and reminiscent.
If you enjoy 80’s cheese and its typical slasher vibe, then this is for you. The only thing missing, here, is actor Lance Henrisken. He isn’t returning but the script doesn’t need him anyway. Better lit, better shot, filled with comic reliefs and with a slightly different ambiance, this sequel has a soul of its own. This said, it contains too many flashback sequences ruining the pacing.
Clearly, Pumpkinhead is a man in a suit, but it is creepy nonetheless and the illusion works because the puppetry is great. The gore is dramatic and so is the lighting in moments of tension, making Pumpkinhead terribly imposing. You need to watch this movie if you liked the previous one, because a lot of effort clearly went into satisfying the fans.