In each of man’s evils, a special demon exists.
I used to live in the closet of Kenneth “Broomstick Killer” McDuff. Before the insanity kicked in full swing, he used to barter stories with me to keep me from slitting his throat at night. My favorite story was about his trips to the farmers market as a child. Every Sunday, his grandma took him for long walks along the woods to the local farmer’s market. On the way home, strolling along the path, his grandmother told him a story about those woods that went a little something like this.
“You know you had a brother once; before you were born, and he was a bad boy. You know what happened to your brother? Your mommy and daddy took him in those woods and left him there. To this day he still lives there. And if you are bad, that’s what’s gonna happen to you too.”
When I asked him why he thought she told him this, his answer was, “that’s what southern people do”.
Before we jump in, it is worth mentioning that the script of this film was inspired by a poem written by Ed Justin. I wish we could dig some more information up on the poet, but according to my resources, he killed himself many years ago. (Please send me some contradicting information about this if you have it and I will post an update.)
|Looks like Macaulay Culkin after his mother threw him off a cliff...Oh wait...That's from "The Good Son"|
This movie’s art and lighting departments are really stellar. I can actually get sucked into this world because the environment looks and feels real. This is because the lighting and art department worked as a team to create the film’s customized feel and suspense. The scenery, props and (as stated before) the monster are all wonderfully stylized works of art, but what makes it all feel as authentic as it does is how little we see of it. This was achieved with a plethora of shadow play and an overall high contrast for most of the suspenseful sequences. But shadows aren’t the only tool the DP is uses to create suspense; he also uses an interesting color pallet to make the setting distinctive. This includes a great deal of oranges and reds for interior shots and blues and blacks for night exterior shots. This use of color and forced perspective allows the audience’s imagination to run wild. What is the back-story to this creepy ass graveyard? Do all demons look like Pumpkinhead? How did this evil witch get so evil? And despite these questions, I am still thoroughly entertained. That is the sign of a good movie to me; it takes me somewhere, brings me back, gives me at least a chill and leaves me satisfied, but still wanting more.
Keep away from Pumpkinhead,
Unless you're tired of living,
His enemies are mostly dead,
He's mean and unforgiving,
Laugh at him and you're undone,
But in some dreadful fashion,
Vengeance he considers fun,
and plans it with a passion,
Time will not erase or blot,
A plot that he has brewing,
It's when you think that he's forgot,
He'' conjure your undoing,
Bolted doors and windows barred,
Guard dogs prowling in the yard,
Won't protect you in your bed,
Nothing will, from Pumpkinhead.
Eloquent words, if I do say so myself.