Directed by Maria Lee Metheringham
Written by Maria Lee Metheringham & Will Metheringham
Starring Dani Thompson, Maria Lee Metheringham, Craig Edwards, Georgia Annable, Samantha Hindman, John Micheal Foulger, Stefan Michaels, Marcella Edgecombe-Craig, Stacey Gough, George Walker, David Healy, Iona Mckeown, Mark Hindman Smith, Debra Marie Mawdsley, Dale Hooley, Sarah Jayne Curry, Anthony Wakefield, Jim Bayes, Terry Wood, David Healy, Terry Wood, Mark Blake Smith, Roland Martial, Nathan Jordie Keers, Frankie Mckeown, & Will Metheringham as The Pumpkin Man!
So all the way through this film, I kept saying “PUMPKINS!” as if I were an old timey prospector shouting a swear word. I couldn’t help it. It was too much fun and I think I’m going to use the term “Awwww Pumpkins!” next time I stub my toe and I need to shout out an explicative.
But despite that aside, PUMPKINS is a simple revenge tale that sprouts into a simple slasher flick. And that’s…OK. Sometimes horror doesn’t have to be complicated to be fun. PUMPKINS is about an old farmer who takes pride in his pumpkin crop, feeding it a potent cocktail of growth vitamins and fertilizer. But when a pair of nogoodniks decide to deface his pumpkin patch, he grips his chest and passes away in a puddle of his fertilizer amidst the befouled crop and rises as a pumpkin headed force of vengeance. The second half of the film finds a group of campers who just happen to have a run in with Pumpkins with bloody results.
PUMPKINS plays fast and loose with the rules as it really provides no explanation as to why and how Old Man Pumpkin is resurrected as the Pumpkin Headed Killer. PHK also seems to have an assortment of powers including super pumpkin strength, pumpkin mastery of bladed pumpkin weaponry, pumpkin teleportation power, and pumpkin possession where one guy gets his hand eaten off when he sticks it into a pumpkin—at least it was his hand and not another body part! Basically, this one feels as if the filmmakers sat around and said “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” on the day of filming and just shot it. It’s this loosey goosey way of filmmaking that gives this film a sort of DIY cool aura that is reminiscent of the 80’s low fi slasher boom. This is so low budget, when Old Man Pumpkin’s pumpkins are destroyed, they aren’t even really smashed–the vandals simply mark on them with sharpies!
With a nonsensical story and some pretty amateur acting, film snobs may raise their snouts to new heights with PUMPKINS, but I found it to be a charming throwback. Slopped with gore and bizarre dream/fairy tale logic, this is one Halloween horror film that is bound to put a smile on the face of those who appreciate low budget fare. For me, PUMPKINS was a charming little slasher film that celebrates the genre and the Halloween holiday we all know and love.