1988 saw the creation of one of America’s darkest Horror Films.
Here is the plot synopsis.
After his son dies in a hit-and-run accident, Ed Harley (Lance Henriksen) seeks revenge against the teenagers responsible. With the help of a local witch (Florence Schauffler), Ed summons the vengeful demon Pumpkinhead to hunt and kill the group of friends. But when Ed discovers a bond between himself and the creature, he begins to have second thoughts about employing the vicious monster, and he fights to end Pumpkinhead’s murderous rampage before it is too late.
What the plot synopsis leaves out, is that in order to summon Pupkinhead, the person summoning him has to agree to sacrifice their immortal soul to hell for Pumpkinheads services. The service that Pumpkinhead provides is to exact the most violent painful revenge on whomever the supplicant asserts has wronged them. The cost of that revenge is eternal torment in hell.
The moral lesson underlying the Pumpkinhead movie, is that there are people for whom no price is to great to extract their revenge on whomever they believe has wronged them. It should also be very clearly stated here, we are not talking about imagined wrongs or minor trivial wrongs. But real genuine wrongs, devastating unaddressed wrongs. But, as the movie makes clear, obtaining such revenge often means exacting it not only on those who genuinely wronged you, but on innocent individuals as well.
During the 1930 and 1940 Marxist violent revolutionary advocate and “Community Organizer” Saul Alinsky, carefully and faithfully following the teachings of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels made his entry into the Harlem Community. Where he began a systematic program of indoctrination and propaganda based on Marx and Engels doctrine of creating civil unrest in minority communities.
At no point should it be assumed that the African American Community during the 1930’s and 1940’s did not have very real and legitimate grievances with American society as a whole. The path towards redressing those legitimate grievances was a minefield littered with the corpses of naive and well intentioned individuals. Racism was the legacy of America’s most bloody and violent war. It was the legacy of ruthless unscrupulous individuals with unbounded political ambition.
Attempts to heal the savage wounds of America’s Civil War were sabotaged by power hungry vindictive individuals literally from the moment John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. It was Lincoln’s desire to reintegrate the South into America by pardoning Confederate Soldiers and granting them the status of Honorable Members of the United States Military who served with courage and distinction for fighting for their convictions.
Lincolns plan for Reconstruction was crushed within hours of his assassination by members of the Democrat Party who refused to forgive or forget the transgressions of the Republican Party and who saw an opportunity for political power in fanning the flames of anger and resentment caused by the violence and destruction of the Civil War.
It was those members of the Democrat Party who created America’s unjust and racist “Jim Crow” laws, who created the Racist Organization the “Knights of the Ku Klux Klan”.
Although there was little organizational structure above the local level, similar groups rose across the South and adopted the same name and methods. Klan groups spread throughout the South as an insurgent movement promoting resistance and white supremacy during the Reconstruction Era. For example, Confederate veteran John W. Morton founded a chapter in Nashville, Tennessee. As a secret vigilante group, the Klan targeted freedmen and their allies; it sought to restore white supremacy by threats and violence, including murder, against black and white Republicans. In 1870 and 1871, the federal government passed the Enforcement Acts, which were intended to prosecute and suppress Klan crimes.
The first Klan had mixed results in terms of achieving its objectives. It seriously weakened the black political establishment through its use of assassinations and threats of violence; it drove some people out of politics. On the other hand, it caused a sharp backlash, with passage of federal laws that historian Eric Foner says were a success in terms of “restoring order, reinvigorating the morale of Southern Republicans, and enabling blacks to exercise their rights as citizens”. Historian George C. Rable argues that the Klan was a political failure and therefore was discarded by the Democratic leaders of the South. He says:
the Klan declined in strength in part because of internal weaknesses; its lack of central organization and the failure of its leaders to control criminal elements and sadists. More fundamentally, it declined because it failed to achieve its central objective – the overthrow of Republican state governments in the South.
After the Klan was suppressed, similar insurgent paramilitary groups arose that were explicitly directed at suppressing Republican voting and turning Republicans out of office: the White League, which started in Louisiana in 1874; and the Red Shirts, which started in Mississippi and developed chapters in the Carolinas. For instance, the Red Shirts are credited with helping elect Wade Hampton as governor in South Carolina. They were described as acting as the military arm of the Democratic Party and are attributed with helping white Democrats regain control of state legislatures throughout the South. In addition, there were thousands of Confederate veterans in what were called rifle clubs.
Saul Alinsky, a ardent and arguably brilliant Marxist Socialist revolutionary saw the African American Community as the perfect breeding ground for the civil unrest required according to Marxist theory to destroy American Capitalism and bring about a Marxist revolution in America.
He gained entry into the African America Creative Arts community in Harlem by seeming to sympathize with their plight and unjust social stigmatization. He preached to them that White America would never accept them as equals and would only grant them equal rights status if violently forced to do so. More importantly, Saul Alinsky knowingly and willfully played on their legitimate anger and resentment over their unfair treatment. Fanning the flames of their legitimate anger and resentment until it became a lust for revenge at any cost.
Saul Alinsky made the African American Community the original Faustian/Pumpkinhead deal. After fanning their anger and resentment into a insane inferno of hatred, he offered them a chance to obtain revenge. He played his amazing grasp of mob psychology against a people with legitimate grievances to the point that they were willing to sacrifice their souls and the souls of generations of their children to an eternity of unimaginable suffering for revenge.
Saul Alinsky’s legacy is indelibly carved all across the African American Community today. It can be seen in their reverence for violent criminal gangsters, for criminal activity, for the destruction of their nuclear family structure. The African American Community, deceived by Saul Alinsky summoned Pumpkinhead to exact revenge on America. Pumpkinhead, true to his demonic nature has claimed the souls of a large segment of the African American Community as well as the lives of many innocent people both in White America as well as in the African American Community.
Just as importantly, those members of the African American Community who like Ed Harley are having second thoughts, or who have decided to fight to end Pumpkinheads reign of terror and revenge are discovering much to their horror, that once summoned, Pumkpinhead is far more difficult to vanquish than imagined. Racism is a vile and evil mental psychosis, but it is by no means limited to White America. It is every bit, if not even more systemic in the African American Community. No one is immune to Racism, it is a mental psychosis born out of an ancient tribal fear of others.
Pumpkinheads reign of terror and revenge will only be brought to an end, when rational reasonable people of all races see that using fear, anger and revenge motivations for political power are EVIL tactics that need to be treated with the same disgust and rejection as slavery was.