Keep away from Pumpkinhead,
Unless you’re tired of living,
His enemies are mostly dead,
He’s mean and unforgiving,
Laugh at him and you’re undone,
But in some dreadful fashion,
Vengeance, he considers fun,
And plans it with a passion,
Time will not erase or blot,
A plot that he has brewing,
It’s when you think that he’s forgot,
He’ll conjure your undoing,
Bolted doors and windows barred,
Guard dogs prowling in the yard,
Won’t protect you in your bed,
Nothing will, from Pumpkinhead.
I’ll be honest and say that I never saw the three sequels it begat –Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings, Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes and Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud, but I recall enjoying makeup effects legend Stan Winston’s directorial debut Pumpkinhead [though under the title Vengeance The Demon] and, while its limited 1988 theatrical release made no impression, it became a very popular title on video and several years later garnered a considerable cult following which led to the DTV and TV sequels, which were poorly recieved. The franchise came to a halt in 2007 but now it appears that it’s going to be revived and fans will see the title monster wreaking vengeance again.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Saw franchise executive producer Peter Block has acquired the rights to the Pumpkinhead franchise and he plans on rebooting the series in 2017. When asked how similar the first film will be to the original:
“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”.
Even more promisingly, wehn asked if he would go down the CGI route:
“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”
Hurrah to that! Just for that, I’m going to cautiously support this remake for now. It’s still looking for a director though it seems like the script….or at least a treatment….has been written.