‘Pumpkinhead’: Is A Reboot Lurking In The Shadows?

by Thomas Tuna

Some creatures just deserve a second shot.

Fans of the 1988 classic Pumpkinhead have been hoping for a remake for years, and now it would seem–according to a report on JoBlo.com–the seeds definitely have been sown.

Reports have Paramount Players–the group behind OrphanFirst Kill and the Pet Sematary prequel–involved in the project, with a script for a reboot already written and production ready to start. More news is expected to come down the pike in the coming months.

The original Pumpkinhead–directed by Stan Winston from a story he wrote with Mark Patrick Carducci and Richard C. Weinman and a screenplay by Carducci and Gary Gerani–stars Lance Henriksen, Jeff East, Joel Hoffman and Kerry Remsen. The movie was inspired by the poem Pumpkinhead by Ed Justin.

The film follows a group of teenagers who inadvertently kill the only son of Ed Harley (Henriksen), who then seeks out a backwoods witch to bring him back to life. But, instead, she invokes Pumpkinhead, “a monstrous, clawed demon which–once reborn–answers only to Harley’s bloodlust,” according to the official synopsis.

But, as the creature begins to torture the teenagers, Harley “confronts a horrifying secret about his connection to the beast–and realizes he must find a way to stop its deadly mission before he becomes one with the creature forever.”

Despite poor box office results–the film grossed just $4.4 million on a $3.5 million budget–Pumpkinhead spawned a direct-to-video sequel, two TV film sequels, a comic book series and has achieved cult status through the years.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on this reported remake of Pumpkinhead.


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