Sam Raimi & James Ashcroft Team Up For Adaptation Of ‘How To Sell A Haunted House’

April 27, 2023

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The film adaptation of the blockbuster indie horror novel How to Sell a Haunted House has found its producer, none other than Sam Raimi, who was behind Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, Drag Me to Hell, Evil Dead, Army of Darkness and Drag Me To Hell,  Sam Raimi. The news came via a social media post by the author of the book, Grady Hendrix.


Hendrix is writing the script for the adaptation that will be directed by James Ashcroft (Coming Home in the Dark).


“Pupkin goes to Hollywood,” the author said in the post. Pupkin, of course, is a “red-and-yellow glove puppet with two stumpy fabric legs dangling down from his front and two little nubbin arms” and a “leering clown face,”  New York Times describes the villain.


The Times said. “Pupkin represents the losses of growing up. He’s the vehicle of an unfulfilled mother’s pain, regrets, and loneliness. He’s childhood trauma incarnate, delivered from one generation to the next.” Reportedly, the film and novel’s villain Pupkin could give Chuckie or Pennywise a run for their money.


The story centers on a woman named Louise who has to deal with her parent’s death and has to fly back to Charleston to sell their house. Louise’s father is a lifelong academic, and her mother was obsessed with puppets and dolls. She also has to deal with a brother who never left home and resents her success. Things go awry as she tries to get the house ready for sale (when Pupkin enters the picture).




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