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Black Pumpkin

USA 2018
produced by
Shaeda Moghaddam, Ray Izad-Mehr, Sundeep Koneru, Ryan McGonagle, Michael Abrams (executive), Taylor James Howard (executive), Daryl Spivey (executive), Rudy Vegliante (executive) for Triangle Road Entertainment, Twisted Tall Tale
directed by Ryan McGonagle
starring Ellie Patrikios, Matt Rife, Grayson Thorne Kilpatrick, Dogen Eyeler, Curt Clendenin, Jordyn Lucas, Alix Schwartz (= Alix Lane), Malaak Hattab, Gemma Brooke Allen, Connor Weil, Ryan Poole, Tasha Dixon, Jo Osmond, Jacques Derosena, Brittany Belt, Shaeda Moghaddam, Timothy Wade, Wesley J. Szabo, Sundeep Koneru, Joseph Barone, Alexandra Keller, Christopher DeMaci, David Uchansky, Kamilla Alnes, Drew Ochsner, Cody Byars, Brolin Parris, Cristian Vazquez, Devan Yasuhara, Brandon Martinez, John Michel, Lily Keene, Emilyrose Morris, Cassandra Bangle, Leyla Dubon, Kadence Dubon, Belle Martinez, Griffin Sky McGonagle, Karolyi Thorpe, Liam Thorpe, Hunter Feller (voice)
written by Ryan McGonagle, music by Chris Kooreman, Edo Plasschaert, key special effects makeup: Malina Stearns

review by
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It's Halloween, and all young Laurie (Ellie Patrikios) wants is to spend a few hours alone with her high school jock boyfriend Flash (Matt Rife) to do you know what, and she already has her hands full as her mother's (Tasha Dixon) out for the evening, and she has to bribe her younger brother Elliot (Dogen Eyeler) to go trick-or-treating with little Regan (Gemma Brooke Allen). Now of course, what Laurie doesn't know is that Porkchop (Grayson Thorne Kilpatrick), Elliot's best friend, has rather by accident awoken Bloody Bobby (Jo Osmond), a growth-restricted killer in harlequin outfit that's supposed to be an urban legend, while makind a documentary about exactly that urban legend. And unbekownst to anyone, Bloody Bobby has already taken out four of Laurie's acquaintances (Alix Schwartz, Malaak Hattab, Connor Weil, Ryan Poole) the other day and is now zeroing in on Laurie's home - out of sentimentality it seems, as he has had his last killing spree there as well. So suddenly it's Laurie, her siblings, Flash and Porkchop against a psycho killer, and their only hope is local conspiracy theorist Alex (Curt Clendenin) - who seems to be more than a little off the hook himself ...

 

Now it's not that this movie will score very high on the originality scale, as its plot pretty much follows the tried and true slasher formula to the t, and the movie pretty much admits to that with several references to Halloween, still the genre standard. But that said, what the movie does it does well, it scores high when it comes to excitement and suspense, doesn't shy away from jump scares or violence where they're due, and that the gore effects are mostly practical keeps things grounded and properly gruesome, while the direction is properly old school as in fittingly reminiscent of the 1980s - plus, there are of course extra points for having everyone in Halloween get-up for the finale. Also, Ellie Patrikios does a pretty good job, leading a solid ensemble, all of which making this one a pretty cool entry into the slasher genre.

 

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