Pumpkinhead: Ashes To Ashes (Horror)
Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: D†††† Feature: D
is a product of the slasher cycle of Horror, a creature that slashes without
wisecracking and does not need weapons to do it.† After a few films that were not the biggest
of their genre, we get Pumpkinhead:
Ashes To Ashes (2006) nearly two decades later (Stan Winstonís original was
1989) and except for the return of Lance Henriksen (for which he appeared) this
tale of a deformed witch and the title creature was weak to start with and this
is just plain bad.
time, we get an organ-harvesting doctor/quack (Doug Bradley), some eccentric
criminal goofs and a script that is very uneven and forgettable.† I was surprised how boring this was despite
the gore and yelling all over the place, but it is a tired third (did I
miscount?) installment too many years too late and Henriksen was even better
off with Alien vs. Predator.† Letís hope the subtitle of this release means
the franchise gets buried for good.
anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image is soft, looks like it was shot in HD
and is color limited, while the Dolby Digital 5.1 has surprisingly limited
dialogue fidelity and surrounds are as inconsistent as the sound design.† That makes the 5.1 seem like an afterthought,
much like the production itself.† There
are no extras save a few trailers for other Sony product.
-†† Nicholas Sheffo