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Frightening Walkerton Urban Legends 6

While growing up in Walkerton I heard my share of urban legends. I'm certain that many of us have learned our own. This is one Halloween story that will frighten your minds! Here is another of those meant to be included for Walkerton Page readers before Halloween.

Reanimated - The Devil That Came For Revenge

In 1957, Don Larkin waits inside his farm cottage with his wife and young son, Jim. Meanwhile, a doomed stranger seeks sanctuary at Don's cabin, but Jim refuses and threatens to shoot him if he does not leave. Watching through a window, Jim witnesses the man caught and killed by a monster.

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20 years later -- about 1977, Jim Larkin is a widowed father and owns a small run down general store in the country of Marshall County. He leaves his youngest son Stan alone at the cash register while he runs an errand. A group of teenage campers stop by Larkin's store to entice Stan, get him outside so one of the gang can shoplift. While riding their dirt bikes around in a circle, they mortally injure him. One teen, Evan, stays with the boy until his father's return; the rest flee the scene. At their cottage, the campers fight about whether or not to call the police. Ethan, who is personally responsible for the boy's injury and is on probation for a similar incident, rips out the phone cord, knocks one of his friends unconscious and locks him and a girl in the closet behind the cash register to stop them from contacting the authorities. Next, Jim wanted to bring his youngest -- and favorite son back to life. His plan was to see a Huckleberry Swamp witch near Tyner. He offered her gold, but she said resurrecting the dead is not within her power. Instead, Jim says that he wants revenge; the witch agrees to help, but warns him that vengeance comes with a terrible price. On her orders, Jim goes to an abandoned old graveyard in the misty woods out in the country between Koontz Lake and Tyner, digs up a corpse, and brings it back to the witch's humble cinderblock home. The witch uses blood from father and son to resurrect the corpse, which rose as a gigantic, spindly demonic monster the Dad called out "Stan!" but, the witch really knew he as the devil.

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Back at the cottage, neighbor Ethan begins to experience remorse for his actions and was determined to turn himself in to the Walkerton police. The monster, however, had already arrived. One of the girls, Liz, heard a voice whispering her name. Seemingly hypnotized, she follows the voice outside the cottage. Evan brings her out of her trance, but the devil kills him. Jim experienced the murder through the monster's eyes. While the gang searched for Evan, the demon dragged away Liz, and Jim again experienced the ensuing murder. He returned to the Tyner witch and begged her to stop the monster's actions. The witch said that the devil cannot be stopped, and Jim will die if he interferes with the killing spree. Ethan confronted the devil with a machete, but it swatted him aside and dragged off Liz's friend Jill, whom it dropped from a fatal height. The three remaining bikers unsuccessfully begged the locals for help. Jim arrived and shot the demon, but when Ethan checked to see if the creature was still alive, it grabbed a fallen rifle and impaled him with it. A local boy, Will, helped the two remaining troublemakers, Mikey and Chris, reach an abandoned chapel just north of Tyner. Will relates the legend of the monster devil, explaining that the it avenges one who was wronged. If anyone tried to stop the demon or help his victims, that person becomes marked, too. Liz's dirt bike failed to start up after the demon removes the drive chain; he lifts up the bike, with Chris still on it, and throws it against a tree. He then dragged Liz back to the Larkin's house, where Will, and Jim have taken shelter.

The devil captured Will who grabbed a jack-o-lantern and landed it on the devil's head -- crumbling it. The pumpkin face remained on the demon as it backed off momentarily. Then, Jim stumbled out of the barn but got accidentally stabbed in the arm by a pitchfork. Both Jim and the demon cryed out in pain together, and the devil no longer noticed Will. Jim noticed that the demon's head was turning more ugly and in the shape of the pumpkin as Jim himself observed, then realized that he and the Pumpkinheaded demon are bonded by blood; the only way for Jim to kill the monster is to die himself. The Pumpkinhead grabs Mikey by the neck, but before he can kill him, Jim shoots himself in the head. The pumpkin devil momentarily collapses to the ground, then grabs Will again. Will takes the gun and Jim begs him to finish him off. Jim, now fully metamorphosed, appears to menace Will. He shoots him until both he and the Pumpkinhead fall to the ground dead. Will, Mikey, and Chris then watch as Pumpkinhead bursted into flames. Later that night, the Tyner witch buried Jim in Pumpkinhead's grave, ready for the next person seeking vengeance, and still wearing the necklace his son Stan made him. *names have been changed to protect this Walkerton Area Urban Legend

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