Note:may contain spoilers.
The original Pumpkinhead,although extremely underrated,is truly a ground-breaker in the horror genre and stays true to the genre (check my review).I was very excited about the sequel. I'm a HUGE fan of the original,so I just could not wait to see P2.I finally found a rental copy and P2 is quite disappointing compared to the brilliance and creativity of P1.However,the second time I watched it,it was actually quite enjoyable. The acting is pretty good (especially by Andrew Robinson) and it has a good story that's "refreshing" to P1.A tormented boy who's badly deformed and is killed by bullies,then returns as Pumpkinhead to exact his revenge.Very good. Pumpkinhead is still very scary and looks cool. The photography is very dark and adds plenty of suspense.The music is good and the film is overall quite entertaining.The ending is actually quite heartbreaking.Pumpkinhead is gunned to death just when he becomes good.I hate to admit it,but I actually cried when he died.You actually feel sympathy for him while he's on his rampage. P2 does have some flaws,though.The human characters are quite under-developed and the script is a bit weak (though the story is strong throughout).Some scenes are also very comedic (like when the present teens are together early in the film.)It turned me off,because P1 was very scary and suspenseful and P2,though scary in parts,is also a bit comedic is places,whereas P1 wasn't one bit funny.I sometimes felt myself not liking the film,but giving it a chance,it was fun to watch.Overall,P2 isn't nearly as entertaining as P1,nor scary,but I still liked it.I actually give it 3.5 stars (4 1/2),but I oddly don't have that option.Rent P2 to kill some time.Rated R for some violence and bad language.