‘The Pumpkin Man’ Ending Explained & Movie Summary: Is The Pumpkin Man Dead?

The movie The Pumpkin Man is based on a folktale depicting the dark history of Cromwell. The story revolves around a local legend known as the Pumpkin Man, also referred to as Kurbis, who was summoned by a witch named Madam Olc. Many years later, Catherine, a true horror enthusiast, along with her friends Jenny, Tina, and Michael, discovers a grimoire in Madam Olc’s old cottage. They decide to summon the Pumpkin Man again, reading the spells from the grimoire on Halloween, unaware of the severe consequences it would bring to them and the town. Will they survive the horrific aggression of the Pumpkin Man, or will they fall prey to his leafy claws? That’s what we are about to find out.

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Spoilers Ahead


How Did The Pumpkin Man Kill His First Prey?

The Pumpkin Man begins in Cromwell, where Madam Olc’s cottage is shown to children in Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail as they are told about the Pumpkin Man, who tormented and killed eight people in the year 1790. Jenny and Catherine visit there to learn about the Pumpkin Man and its history. They sneak into Madam Olc’s house and discover that the Pumpkin Man is a demon, and summoning it requires a spell and a name. To find clues, they play Madam Olc’s real piano and find a letter hidden under a key, possibly a clue to finding the grimoire containing the Pumpkin Man’s summoning spell. However, someone discovers them in the haunted cottage, and they are dragged outside. Catherine and Jenny are curious about exploring the mystery of the Pumpkin Man but face legal obstacles. After receiving threats from the police, especially from Tim, Catherine’s brother, who is also a police officer, they leave the place.

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Upon returning home, Catherine sees a mysterious woman watching her from a house down the road. Catherine suspects she might be a descendant of Madam Olc. Catherine’s main motivation behind her research about this horrific creature is to get admission to a prestigious university; thus, she becomes increasingly excited about the mystery surrounding the Pumpkin Man’s history. At Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail, they learn that the witch killed herself after summoning the Pumpkin Man, adding to their excitement. They search for the grimoire mentioned in the clue, which they believe can be found in “roots and snarling vines”. They find the grimoire with the name “Kurbis,” realizing it’s for summoning the Pumpkin Man. Excited, they plan to return to the cottage the next day with their friends Michael and Tina. Despite the initial fear of summoning a demon, they become excited about the thrilling experience. Catherine begins reciting the spell with Michael and Tina, but as they progress, it becomes creepier, especially with mentions of Kurbis, the demon of fall. They start seeing the Pumpkin Man appear as the spell is recited, accompanied by howling sounds. Their excitement is interrupted when Jenny, dressed as a pumpkin creature for Halloween, startles them. They are forced out of the cottage by guard Henry, but outside, he hears the sound of the pumpkin man. Henry investigates and encounters a man with a pumpkin on his head, entangled in leaves, who brutally kills him by tearing his body apart.


Is The Pumpkin Man Dead? 

Catherine, Jenny, Michael, and Tina were really afraid, thinking they would be involved in Henry’s killing because they believed the Pumpkin Man was still alive and killing people because of them. That night, as Catherine went to sleep, she heard doors thudding. She covered herself in her bedsheets, and when she looked at the door, she saw the Pumpkin Man standing in front of it. This entity frightened her, as she realized that what they had thought was fun and research had turned into something horrible. Even when Michael went to take a shower in the bathroom, the Pumpkin Man appeared and mentally tortured him, saying he was coming for him. The next day, on Halloween, Tina was the only one who went to Sir Henry’s Trail, as everyone else was scared. While lurking in that place, the Pumpkin Man suddenly attacked her, disemboweling her and causing her death. People at the scene thought it was a Halloween prank, so they didn’t try to stop the attack.

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The following day, Catherine and her mother went to the police to report Tina’s disappearance, suggesting that the Pumpkin Man might be responsible, as Catherine had told Tim they had summoned him by reading spells from the grimoire. The police couldn’t believe this. Both Michael and Catherine started seeing nightmares about the Pumpkin Man and Tina’s dead body, where the Pumpkin Man warning them to run as fast as they could and beware of the Pumpkin Man. They discussed this at school and realized that the Pumpkin Man might be tormenting them in their dreams. Police officer Tim decided to talk to Catherine, his sister, about the whole incident, as she knew about the grimoire and the summoning of the Pumpkin Man. Then Catherine remembered the creepy woman who was Madam Olc’s descendant and might know how to defeat the Pumpkin Man. So, she and Michael decided to meet her, thinking that the woman must be a blood relative of Kurbis, the Pumpkin Man. They knew they had to meet her on Halloween night to uncover the truth.

Meanwhile, Jenny went to Madam Olc’s cottage on Halloween night to take some pictures. As she was clicking pictures, the Pumpkin Man attacked her. She pleaded with him, saying she wanted to live and that he could take her friend Brit’s place, kill her instead of Jenny and spare his life. The Pumpkin Man relented and attacked another girl named Brit, tearing her skin away as Jenny sacrificed Brit instead of herself. They learned from the lady at the cottage that the people who had summoned Kurbis, the Pumpkin Man, were going to gain power after all these years. If Catherine died on her own instead of the Pumpkin Man killing her, the town would be spared. It was clear that Tina was dead, Jenny had escaped, and now Michael and Catherine were his only targets, and the four were responsible for the whole incident. As Michael and Catherine stepped outside her home, the Pumpkin Man tracked Michael and killed him instantly. Now only Catherine was left, and she realized she did not have much time, and the Pumpkin Man was one step away from burning the whole town.

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During The Pumpkin Man‘s ending, Catherine’s brother, Tim, came to the rescue, and he and Catherine went to Madam Olc’s cottage. There, the Pumpkin Man tried to attack Catherine, but before he could kill her, Tim pulled the trigger and killed Catherine. As the Pumpkin Man couldn’t kill his last prey, he died immediately. Tim went to Madam Olc’s descendant again and asked her whether the Pumpkin Man would come back to life or not, as they had lost many loved ones because of him. She explained that Kurbis’ energy relied on those who had summoned him. So, if he were ever summoned again in the future, he would go after those who had escaped from his claws. This indicated that Jenny was still in danger. Perhaps she would have to run away, or maybe she would never escape the fear of being in danger again, as another group might find the grimoire and summon him. Therefore, it can be said from my personal point of view that it would be better to burn down the grimoire to prevent this from happening again. This way, Jenny and the other townspeople could live in peace. 


Sutanuka Banerjee
Sutanuka Banerjee
Sutanuka, a devoted movie enthusiast, embarked on her cinematic journey since childhood, captivated by the enchanting world of the Harry Potter series. This early passion ignited her love for movies, providing an escape into the magical realms of cinema. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in media science, combining her academic pursuits with her unwavering passion for the silver screen.

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