Black Pumpkin (2020)

A psychotic kid slasher is back in this sequel to the indie horror film Bloody Bobby that also can be seen as a standalone film.

Elliot Peterson and his best friend, Lawrence “Pork Chop” Chubbs are working on a documentary that revolves around a secluded area known as Diablo’s Den. When Pork Chop accidentally comes across bullies Judd and Ace, a chase leads to Pork Chop unexpectedly meeting Alex, who warns the kid never to go there as it is the home of Bloody Bobby, a pumpkin mask-wearing serial killer who was long thought to have been dead. Eventually, Elliot’s sister Laurie comes to Pork Chop’s aid when Judd and Ace catch up to him.

The friends finish the documentary in time for Halloween. However, they have made one big mistake. They accidentally unleash the spirit of Bloody Bobby. When a group of Laurie’s friends decide to hold a bonfire at Diablo’s Den while she is stuck taking Elliot, Pork Chop, and their sister Gemma, they begin to slowly get picked off one-by-one by the deadly Bloody Bobby. When the kids, along with Laurie and her boyfriend Flash are set to be next, will they be able to stop the demonic killer?

A sequel to a 2016 film, Bloody Bobby, writer-director Ryan McGonagle did something quite interesting here. He sets up a prologue set ten years earlier to start the film. In that way, those who haven’t had a chance to see the original film will not necessarily need to see the original film, as this could also be seen as a standalone horror film.

What is even more fun is that McGonagle uses a ton of references to classic horror films in some form or another. The prologue has the eventually ill-fated Old Man Leavitt watching Night of the Living Dead. The central character of older sister Laurie, played by Ellie Patrikios, is clearly based on Jamie Lee Curtis’ iconic Laurie Strode of the Halloween franchise while brother Eliott, played by Paw Patrol’s Ryder himself Dogen Eyeler, is based on the kid character Eliott of E.T. There are other small nuances to horror films throughout the film, just showing McGonagle’s love of the genre.

The character of Bloody Bobby himself is actually played by female actor Jo Osmond, who in the costume, brings on the scares and body count. The film takes the typical horror tropes and pays an ultimate homage to 80’s slasher films, even if the blood looks quite fake at times. But at least the effects are not atrocious CGI and rely more on practical effects. There is quite a body count here that will make a horror film fan excited and the ending does take quite a twist that leaves us to wonder…will we see Bloody Bobby again? Absolutely as the final title card confirms it.

Black Pumpkin is one of those horror sequels that doubles as a standalone film with paying homage to classic horror films and 80’s slashers. I for one, cannot wait to see the return of Bloody Bobby.

WFG RATING: B+

Uncork’d Entertainment presents a Triangle Road Entertainment production in association with Twisted Tall Tale. Director: Ryan McGonagle. Producers: Ryan McGonagle, Sundeep Koneru, and Shaeda Moghaddam. Writer: Ryan McGonagle. Cinematography: Daniel Rink. Editing: David Harding, John T. Wright and Nadia Marblestone.

Cast: Ellie Patrikios, Dogen Eyeler, Grayson Thorne Kilpatrick, Gemma Brooke Allen, Jo Osmond, Matt Rife, Connor Weil, Ryan Poole, Alix Lane, Tasha Dixon, Brittany Belt, Malaak Hattab, Emilyrose Morris, Brandon Martinez.

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