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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! Yeah, I love Pumpkinhead. The way Stan Winston shot it really caught me off guard a youngster. The atmosphere, the monster, the whole set-up of a creature from hell unleashed on some deserving kids that made a horrible mistake, Lance Henricksen’s tortured performance… all that adds up to a movie that felt a little more dangerous than others of the genre. We’ll ignore the shitty sequels, we’ll ignore some of the aging of this movie and just rejoice in how fucked up it is and remember Stan Winston’s brilliance as a creature maker and storyteller. Thanks to reader Blake Evernden for sending this image along! Enjoy!

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Hey you! Get your damn hands off of tomorrow’s pic! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- Dr. No
- The Twilight Zone
- Once Upon A Time In The West
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke in Wampa Cave)
- Edward Scissorhands
- The Warriors
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Requiem for a Dream
- The Princess Bride
- Hard Boiled
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- They Live
- The Empire Strikes Back (Tippet with Wampa)
- Dirty Harry
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Blade Runner
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (Periscope Ride)
- 1941
- The Godfather (Coppola & Brando)
- The Lady Eve
- 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
- Godzilla
- The Empire Strikes Back (Bald Vader)
- Mary Poppins
- Alien 3
- Total Recall
- The Pink Panther
- Fawlty Towers
- The Trouble With Harry
- Beetlejuice
- The Shining
- Thriller
- An American Werewolf In London
- The Gate
- The Fly (1958)
- Halloween
- Army of Darkness
- Frankenstein
- Seed of Chucky
- Psycho
- John Carpenter’s The Thing (Bottin)
- Creature From the Black Lagoon
- Friday the 13th (1980)
- A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
- Creepshow
- Night of the Living Dead (’68)
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- Silence of the Lambs- The Exorcist
- Alien (crouching alien)
- Alfred Hitchcock being awesome
- Son of Frankenstein
- The Mummy (1932)
- Re-Animator
- Nosferatu (1979)
- Nosferatu (1922)
- War of the Worlds
- Vincent (Tim Burton)
- Evil Dead II
- The Evil Dead
- The Shining (Kubrick Self Portrait)
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
- Casablanca
- Sahara (1943)

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  • Nov. 4, 2010, noon CST


    by Cyan09

    never saw the original, but one of the shitty sequels

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 12:03 p.m. CST

    there was one that used CG right?

    by Cyan09

    That's the one I saw. Terrible, but perhaps the original is worth a look.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Never saw it

    by catlettuce4

    Was it really that great a movie?

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    It hasn't aged well?

    by Nice Marmot

    Damn, I saw the pic and immediately thought it was about time I rewatched it for the first time since it opened.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    I'm warning you guys...

    by Shermdawg

    If I ever get my hands on a time machine I'm erasing this film from existence to prevent it from inspiring Alien Resurrection's "Newborn". <p> Yeah sure, I could just go back and fix Alien 3 instead, but that wouldn't be a relevant post now would it?

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Still missing Stan Winston

    by AlienFanatic

    That movie was a labor of love for Stan, and (I believe) his only directing effort. While it's got its flaws, the Pumpkinhead suit was a great piece of tech. I know I sound like a broken record, but god I love practical effects. Also, any pic involving Lance is welcome. The guy is a character actor god.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Pumpkinhead rules

    by EyeForgiveMelGibson

    The raising of Pumpkinhead with the witch and all is awesome, reminds me of the sleepy hollow story.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 12:10 p.m. CST

    is that Lance Henrikson?

    by Redhead_Redemption

    looks like him

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST


    by AlienFanatic

    Don't go there. I don't care if it was an inspiration, but that insipid p.o.s. "newborn" came from the minds of Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff's ADI shop, which I feel to this day was the team you pulled in when you couldn't afford to pay Stan.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 12:12 p.m. CST


    by lecter1914

    Shoot me....I liked wasnt great but its not awful in my opinion. Didn't know there was a second sequel

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 12:12 p.m. CST

    The vaginapenis is the most disturbing part.

    by Royston Lodge

    So say we all.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    I stand corrected

    by AlienFanatic

    Alec and Tom were in Stan's shop at the time. So they DID design Pumpkinhead. No wonder it looks like that shitty newborn.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST

    If you haven't seen it

    by MotherPussBucket

    then I really do recommend it. I don't feel that it's aged badly at all, specifically in terms of mood and effects. I think that Pumpkinhead himself is an awesome creature and the way he's shot (imagine a similar approach to shooting the alien in, erm, Alien) is testament to Winston's understand of the capabilities and limitations of the 'man in suit' monster.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Bishop and an alien..

    by nolan bautista

    ..the early years

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Saw it this Halloween

    by MoviesEtc

    Holds up very nicely, in my opinion. Great movie.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Hell yeah!

    by DigitalBeachWar

    Love Pumpkinhead!

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Lance and Pumpkin

    by skimn

    Shit faced after a night on the town.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST

    AlienFanatic he also directed that Michael Jackson short

    by KilliK

    film Ghosts or something.but yeah Stan Winston = Legend.<br /> <p>its a pity he didnt live long enough to see Cameron's Avatar,since he is the one who gave Cameron the courage to finally direct his first movie and after decaded he also prompted him to make his own SW movie.<br /> <p>i have heard about this movie but i didnt know it was directed by Stan.i ll check it prondo.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST

    AlienFanatic he also directed that Michael Jackson short

    by KilliK

    film Ghosts or something.but yeah Stan Winston = Legend.<br /> <p>its a pity he didnt live long enough to see Cameron's Avatar,since he is the one who gave Cameron the courage to finally direct his first movie and after decaded he also prompted him to make his own SW movie.<br /> <p>i have heard about this movie but i didnt know it was directed by Stan.i ll check it prondo.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST

    FX God

    by darksith

    'nuff said

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 1 p.m. CST

    oops sorry for the double posts again

    by KilliK

    but i found out what causes it.its the replay media catcher program.i ll post from chrome while i am using it.Personal Computers and their crazy gotta love them.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 1 p.m. CST

    oops sorry for the double posts again

    by KilliK

    but i found out what causes it.its the replay media catcher program.i ll post from chrome while i am using it.Personal Computers and their crazy gotta love them.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    What movie is this?

    by MapMan

    Would it kill you to include that piece of information?

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST


    by RichardLuzT

    Seems like fun times. Wondering how Lance is doing... Oh! seems like plenty busy, lots of jobs lately. Cool.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST

    I think I see"L'il Punkinhead."

    by Cletus Van Damme

    Those pants are far too tight.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    thats his stem.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Loved the purple grayish penis

    by ricarleite2

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Never mind.

    by MapMan

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Come on in, Ed Harley!

    by BilboRing

    Did you think it would be easy? Painless? Clean?

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST

    My dad LOVED this movie

    by deelzbub

    I think it was his fav horror movie. From out of the blue every now and then he would say in the old witch's voice:<P> "Ed Harrrr-leee!"

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST

    It's a great little horror flick

    by BilboRing

    Not sure great acting by the city kids in the movie but decent enough. Lance and his son and the witch and the hillbillys were all great. And Pumpkinhead rocks. Glad he wasn't burried in a manure field or he'd be Shithead.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Goddamn this picture... GODDAMN this picture!

    by Skraggo

    He already has, Ed Harley. He already has.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Pumpkinhead would have been a classsic...

    by zinc_chameleon

    except for the college kids. It should be remade in a style like 'Winter's Bone': completely Ozark, with no city kids at all. Worked for many of the best early Twilight Zones, and the approach will work 50 years later.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST

    I saw it but i don't remember it.

    by disfigurehead

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Really? I liked the Newborn

    by bah

    Maybe it didn't fit the series, but it was scary as shit.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Not only do I think know what movie is tomorrow...

    by Kevin Bosch

    ...I think I know what picture it is. And I think I know who sent it in. Thanks quint!

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Pun'kin Twat...

    by Read and Shut Up

    ...horrifying creature cameltoe.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 3:24 p.m. CST

    That's what I was thinking, Read and Shut Up

    by UglyLittleSpud

    +500, very horrifying

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST


    by empty_headed_animal

    More like Cameltoe if ya ask me.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Unrelated question about cartunas thing

    by detectivesoap

    the animation on the that supposed to be Blue Velvet this time?

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST

    I also thought the newborn was scary

    by TV's Frank

    Even if the idea behind it was kind of stupid. I can't fault the creature designers for that. Visually, I think Alien 4 was really good, actually. The plot, not so much. <p> So tomorrow's picture is from Back to the Future, then?

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST


    by Cheif Brody

    I said it.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 4:48 p.m. CST


    by AlienFanatic

    You're right, Killik, Pumpkinhead wasn't Stan's only directorial effort. He did also directed Ghosts (with Michael J), Terminator 3: Battle Across Time (for the Universal Studios theme park) and a Gnome named Gnorm. Still, I'll remember him more for his FX contributions than his directorial efforts :)

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Right now at this very moment...

    by enoodle123

    I have a twelve inch Pumpkinhead model in my kitchen (posed cleverly by my wife's sister in the fruit bowl, holding an orange). You ever turn the color all the way down on this one and watch it in black and white? Amazing.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 4:56 p.m. CST


    by Jedibobster

    A lot of love for the original, not sene it for some years though - never bothered with any of the sequels. BUT for those saying it was Stan Winston's only feature film, you're forgetting A Gnome named Gnorm - or, as I know it, UpWorld. I may have possibly sene this film more than nayone on the planet - my sister used to watch it a lot. It's a sort Beverly Hills Cop with a dirty naked Ewok in it. It stars 80s legends Anthony Michael Hall and Jerry Orbach. It also stars Claudia Christian's pawpaws.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 4:57 p.m. CST

    I didn't know they had shitty cellphone pics in 1988

    by JT Kirk

    Small? Check. Blurry? Check. Screwy lighting? Check. Yeah, this is definitely a cellphone picture. :-P

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 5 p.m. CST

    Best Scary Witch EVER

    by sonnyfern

    Pumpkinhead is still to this day one of the best monster designs in horror movie history. It's a great little movie, I wish Winston would've directed more.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 5:24 p.m. CST


    by Smack_Teddy

    I Love this movie, what Quint said: the lighting, the tone/atmosphere etc. is fantastically designed and shot & was really impressionable from a semi-young age. That along with how Jackson would light alot of Braindead, along with awesome prospthetics-heavy creatures and design...Scott & Legend & Alien....Legend & this film have created a lifelong passion/desire for a little movie shot in a dark forest/woods, bathed in blue/green low light, with lots of Meg Mucklebones & other smaller Chutulu like creatures way down the food chain running around massacring a mini van load of passengers that crashes & falls into their plane alongside a highway. If that sounds really indulgant i don't care cause its more a testiment to how much i loved these films & pumpkinhead and they fed my imagination...honestly - at least from what i had experienced when younger - only Dario Argento made a stonger impression with lighting in horror than this film...maybe Alien as well...<p>Anyway this is a really cool picture!

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST

    I watched this on Halloween night!

    by brokentusk

    At the beginning my friend grabbed the remote to crank the volume up and declared, "We need to get the full PUMPKINHEAD experience!"

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    They had shitty scanners in 1988...

    by UltimaRex

    Same difference.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    The original was a great little movie.

    by Sigourneys_Beaver

    Very much of it's time but the creature rocked, really creepy looking thing. One of the best looking monsters on film ever. Gave me a memorable nightmare once any way.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Cheif Brody

    by strangewool

    ha!you beat me to it. almost makes up for your misspelling of chief. almost.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 8:58 p.m. CST

    QUINT!!! can we have a Tremors BTS pic? please?

    by KilliK

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST


    by MothrasGhost

    I dug that movie, besides it starred Amy Dolenz.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Ed Haaaarley

    by Turingtestee

    I say that to myself every time I see an Ed Hardy shirt.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 10:06 p.m. CST

    first one is excellent

    by frank cotton


  • Nov. 4, 2010, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Tomorrows pic can make like a tree, and get outta here.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Didn't know Pumpkinhead has a big pussy

    by lcworld

    Camel toe.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:13 a.m. CST


    by deelzbub

    That's some funny shit

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Saw it in the theatre

    by deelzbub

    and when it came out on video, I got the 12 inch standup from the video store. Still on display on my bookshelf.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Finally got to see it on Sunday.

    by daglesj

    Had it stored on my PVR for a few months so watched it. I really loved the first 15-20 minutes with the boy and his dad. How it was shot I could have just watched the Harleys have a day at the shop. Would have been fun. The film still holds together after the boy is killed and Harley goes to the witch. But for me the film started to fall apart when Pumpkin head went on the rampage. It just lost all suspense and became another (lesser) film almost. It picked up in the last 10 mins or so and the slight twist on the reburying of Pumpkinhead. A film of two halfs. The later half being less satisfying.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Fucking Pumpkinhead!!!

    by Sam_Jay_Jick_Donutly_Dildoclip

    I always knew Ed Harley and PH were tight!

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Alien Newborn

    by ObiBen

    Looked like a sad ball of mozzarella

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    I'm telling you, it's a vaginapenis.

    by Royston Lodge

    I swear it's a vagina with a penis coming out of it...<p> ...and it scares the bejeezus out of me.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST


    by foree forehead

    never understood the love for this movie. creature was undoubtedly cool-looking but shit film.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST


    by Cheif Brody

    some other ding-a-ling here at AICN has "Chief Brody"...spelled properly. 7 years or trolling...I've never come across a single post by my Amity PD doppleganger.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST


    by strangewool

    just messing about m'man. no disrespect to amity's finest.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    The hands.

    by NixEclips

    Nobody could ever get Pumpkinhead's hands right in the sequels. In the original they wrapped around people's heads and in the sequels the fingers barely move and they just kind of slap at things. Reminds me of the shitty hands in Jason Goes To Hell.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:03 p.m. CST

    It's basically Rawhead Rex, right?

    by Snake Foreskin

    Anyone ever read the Rawhead Rex graphic novel? Great stuff.