1988 / d. Stan Winston
Stan Winston works his dark-wizardry in conjuring up a gothic, heavily atmospheric, and still to this dayunderplayed horror classic. Lance Henriksen stars as a father who, after losing his son in a tragic accident, is driven into a world of unspeakable darkness when he seeks to invoke a powerful demon of vengeance — the menacing, extraordinary creature known as Pumpkinhead. Genuinely eerie from start to end, Winston spins a moving tale of grief, regret, and one man’s struggle for redemption. Like Tom Savini’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1990) remake, we are shown that when special effects artists take the helm of a film, a truly memorable product can often result.