Who said poetry was a lost art? Since the dawn of film, there have been a countless amount of movies inspired by the words of novels, comics, and other written literature – but did you know that Pumpkinhead was one of them?

Pumpkinhead, the directorial debut of special effects maestro Stan Winston, follows Ed Harley (played terrifically by horror icon Lance Henriksen) as he seeks revenge for the hit-and-run death of his son by summoning the vengeful demon with the help of a local witch. Criminally underappreciated, the dark fantasy horror film has established an extensive cult following, with the monster itself ranking among the greatest horror beasts ever put to screen.


The idea for the film and monster, however, were inspired by the poetry of Ed Justin, who’s also credited as a writer of the horror flick. Though the poem wasn’t written specifically for the film, it remains dreadful and ominous, accompanying the established tone of the movie quite nicely. Check it out below!

“Keep away from Pumpkinhead,
Unless you’re tired of living,
His enemies are mostly dead,
He’s mean and unforgiving,
Laugh at him and you’re undone,
But in some dreadful fashion,
Vengeance, he considers fun,
And plans it with a passion,
Time will not erase or blot,
A plot that he has brewing,
It’s when you think that he’s forgot,
He’ll conjure your undoing,
Bolted doors and windows barred,
Guard dogs prowling in the yard,
Won’t protect you in your bed,
Nothing will, from Pumpkinhead!”


There you have it! Did you already know Pumpkinhead was inspired by a poem? Are you on board with the planned reboot that’s slated to start filming this year? What are some of your personal favorite horror poems? Leave us your thoughts and opinions in the comment section and keep away from Pumpkinhead!

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