Another 80’s horror flick is being rebooted. This time it’s 1988’s supernatural film Pumpkinhead. EW is reporting that Peter Block, the executive producer of the Saw franchise, has picked up the rights to Pumpkinhead and has a script penned by Nate Atkins. Block is currently searching for a director for the reboot, which he will produce. And hopes to begin filming early next year, using practical effects like in the original.
Pumpkinhead is one of my favorite horror films of the late ’80s, early ’90s,” Block said. “Stan Winston sits on that Mount Rushmore of iconic filmmakers because of his creature designs, and that was his first directing effort. The creature’s great but the emotional story is wonderful as well. I got the rights to Pumpkinhead, and hooked up with a great young writer called Nate Atkins, and we developed our script, which is really solid.
The original film starred Lance Henricksen (Aliens) as a man, living deep in the Appalachian Mountains, who summons the terrifying creature known as “Pumkinhead” with the help of an old witch. The demon is raised to seek revenge for the death of son at the hands of a group of teens. The film spawned 3 sequels, Pumpkinhead 2: Blood Wings in 1994 and two by the SyFy channel.
We will update you as more on the film is revealed. Check out Pumpkinhead’s original trailer.