There are a staggering amount of reboots, long awaited sequels and the sometimes confusing requel being made right now. Horror movies have always been a big moneymaker for studios, so it isn't at all surprising that some classic horror icons are in the process of being brought back to the big screen. The latest of these icons is none other than the cult classic Pumpkinhead, which is being revived by Saw producer Peter Block.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Block has obtained the rights to the classic horror franchise, which was originally brought to life by visual effects legend Stan Winston, his directorial debut in 1988. The original Pumpkinhead tells the story of a grieving father who loses his son in a tragic accident, who then conjures up a vengeful, terrifying demon to punish the teenagers responsible. According to the report, the reboot is set to start shooting in 2017, but no director is attached as of yet. Here is what Block had to say about his new take on Pumpkinhead.
"There is a similarity of theme and a similarity of story. There's a lot of Easter eggs for people who know the original - iconic shots and iconic lines that we're going to use. But we've enhanced the setting, and we've expanded the characters somewhat, to give it a different kind of experience."
Block wrote the script for the Pumpkinhead reboot with a writer named Nate Atkins, who doesn't have any other major credits to speak of. The original Pumpkinhead used a lot of practical effects, a product of Stan Winston, and that is a large part of what has helped the movie keep a following for so many years. Block intends to find a director who loves the horror genre, and is also looking to keep the focus on practical effects in this new take.
"I am a big proponent of practical effects. That was the great thing about the original. A lot of the films I still respond to most today, it's because of the practical effects. We think that it's going to be a nice slow reveal, lots of scares and lots of action in the beginning, and a great creature in the end, which everybody should be able to look at and say, 'Oh, that's Pumpkinhead!' It's not like you're all of a sudden going to find that it's some amorphous, nebulous, CGI wispy thing. You're going to know it came from the Pumpkinhead family lineage."
Peter Block has a long, and largely positive history with the horror genre. He has produced on the Saw movies since the very beginning of the franchise, and has also worked with some of the biggest names in the horror genre over the years. He was an executive producer on Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects, and he produced The Ward for horror legend John Carpenter. Other credits of note in the genre for Block include Daybreakers, Fido and the Fear Itself horror anthology series.
The original Pumpkinhead hit theaters in 1988 and starred genre-movie legend Lance Henriksen, most famous for his role as Bishop in Aliens. The movie was given a limited release and found very modest success, grossing less than $5 million at the box office. The movie eventually found a cult following and spawned a direct-to-video sequel, as well as two TV movies. The series has been dormant since Pumpkinhead 4: Blood Feud in 2007, which aired on SyFy. There is no word yet on a targeted release date for the new Pumpkinhead, but we will be sure to keep you updated as more information becomes available.