Pumpkinhead 2: Blood Wings Blu-ray Review
“Pumpkinhead 2: Blood Wings” is a dull sequel.
After a prologue involving a deformed child (Tommy) being brutally murdered by vicious high school punks, “Pumpkinhead 2: Blood Wings” jumps forward in time to a Sheriff, his wife, and his rebellious teen daughter (Jenny) moving to the town of Ferren Woods. Almost immediately, Jenny falls in with the wrong crowd (4 troublemaker teens). To no surprise Jenny and her new friends stir up trouble and, to make a long convoluted story short, resurrect Tommy in the form of Pumpkinhead (don’t ask). Now, Pumpkinhead is back to his slaughtering ways, but will anyone survive?
While I wasn’t a big fan of the original “Pumpkinhead,” I greatly admired Stan Winston’s now iconic creature. For the sequel, a new Pumpkinhead creature was created and while it still looks cool visually, the lumbering monster doesn’t have much to do in this uninspired sequel.
“Pumpkinhead 2: Blood Wings” may sound look a cool title on paper, but the story here is deeply disappointing in that it doesn’t continue the story of the first film. Instead, it’s more or less a rehash of the original with less interesting characters and bland creature violence. It’s just baffling why writers Constantine Chachornia and Ivan Chachornia didn’t try to further explore the mythology of Pumpkinhead as there’s so much potential here.
Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? This transfer is much better than I ever expected it to be. Kudos to Scream Factory.
Audio Track: DTS-HD MA Stereo. How does it sound? The audio is far too low for the most part with the exception of the lively Pumpkinhead attack sequences.
* An interview and a feature length commentary track by passionate director Jeff Burr.
* “Behind The Scenes Footage”- 17 ½ minutes of rough quality set footage taken during filming. Most of it involves shooting Pumpkinhead scenes.
* “Re-Creating The Monster”- A 33 minute featurette containing interviews with Greg Nicotero, Gino Crognale, and Mark McCracken. Discussions include the film’s production, the F/X, the Pumpkinhead suit, and more.
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