Last weekend, Tom Hanks hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live, where he portrayed a new character that became an instant classic among fans, David S. Pumpkins. The original sketch featured a young couple played by Kate McKinnon and Beck Bennett, who visit a Halloween-themed haunted elevator ride called "100 Floors of Frights," operated by Kenan Thompson. It features the unusual inclusion of David S. Pumpkins, a man more bizarre than scary. Thanks to the Internet, this character has now gone on to invade some of your favorite horror movies.
Buzzfeed's Jesse McLaren put together a brief video on Twitter, that edits David S. Pumpkins into movies like The Shining, Insidious, The Conjuring, The Ring, Scream and the original Halloween. Given the sudden popularity of David S. Pumpkins, it wouldn't be surprising to see even more of these mashups surface as we get closer and closer to Halloween. In case you didn't see it last weekend, or if you just want to watch it over and over again, we also have the original sketch below.
David S. Pumpkins has become so popular that there are already Halloween costumes selling out for this character. While it's possible that this character may come back at some point, it won't be this weekend, since SNL is airing a repeat episode. Given his rapid rise in popularity, perhaps a movie could be developed around this character?
While Tom Hanks is certainly no stranger to comedy, he definitely hasn't had much of a foothold in the horror genre. The actor actually made his feature film debut in the 1980 horror thriller He Knows You're Alone starring Don Scardino, but aside from his classic horror-comedy The 'Burbs, he hasn't had much of a presence in horror films. He did also appear on a 1992 episode of Tales From the Crypt, and he also voiced Woody in the animated horror comedy short Toy Story of Terror.
Tom Hanks stars in the new Ron Howard thriller Inferno, which hits theaters this weekend. This film marks the third time the actor has portrayed Robert Langdon, following 2006's The Da Vinci Code and 2009's Angels and Demons. Take a look at this Twitter video with David S. Pumpkins invading classic horror movies, along with the full SNL sketch below.