Typically hollow and patchy, the script is low par for the course, the acting close behind. Where it's a cut above the rest is in the work of Yugoslavian cinematographer Bojan Bazelli: His outdoor shots, both day and night, are superbly lit and cleanly shot, as if this were an A film. And with Marcus Manton's crisp editing, Pumpkinhead looks three times as good as it is.
It's a by-the-numbers variation on "The Monkey's Paw" coupled with a revenge flick. What makes the film worth seeing is not the story, the production values, or even the work of a truly underappreciated character actors like Henrickson. It's an eight foot tall demon ripping people to spare parts.
Little atmosphere and no surprises.
Dave KehrChicago Tribune
A horror picture very nearly as mushbrained as its title character-a terrible demon that rises from a pumpkin patch to seek vengeance...As a technician, Winston clearly knows how to make a monster, but as a director he's yet to learn how to bring one to life. [28 Oct 1988, p.C]
It'll have you wishing the villain was just another maniac with a machete or a chain saw. [30 Jan 1989, p.C6]