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‘Saw’ Producer to Remake ‘Pumpkinhead’

The 1988 horror slasher Pumpkinhead is the latest horror film to land on the “remake” table, although the man behind the updated version is trying his best to prove that his intentions are nothing short of honorable.

Peter Block, known as one of the executive producers of the Saw franchise, has obtained the rights to the Pumpkinhead franchise, according to EW, and he wants to bring the creature back from the cinema graveyard. He enlisted a young scribe by the name of Nate Atkins to write the script.

‘Pumpkinhead’ is one of my favorite horror films of the late ’80s, early ’90s. 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,” Block explains.

The updated version is going to pay homage to the original film but only those who know the first well will catch on. “There’s a lot of Easter eggs for people who know the original — iconic shots and iconic lines that we’re going to use.” However, Block assures everyone that there is a purpose to this remake, stating, “…we’ve enhanced the setting, and we’ve expanded the characters somewhat, to give it a different kind of experience.

Perhaps the biggest point that Block makes is that he recognizes the respect the horror community has for Stan Winston and practical FX, saying, “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.

In the original film, which starred Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Alien3), a store owner is overcome with grief after the accidental death of his son. Seeking out vengeance, he teams with a local witch to raise the entity known as “Pumpkinhead” so that those who cause him so much grief can suffer their own horrific fates.



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34 Comments
  • Khy

    Ok…

    • Frank Lloyd Jr

      … lahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain…

  • Daniel Anderson

    I don’t know how I feel about this…hopefully it turns out okay.

  • Well that’s left field.

  • Matt

    Hopefully they don’t go with CGI. The ‘Stan Winston’ Pumpkinhead creature was classic!

  • Grimphantom

    Honestly i hear the same bullshit as others “oh, i love the original! i have so much respect for it and want to keep it that way” Yet we get shitty writing, actors who can’t act or not being memorable and a crappy CGI effect even tho they try so hard to point out it has practical effects, we heard that before.

    Also, Lance Henriksen stole the movie of the original, i doubt the one in the remake will do the same.

  • Creepshow

    Here’s a snazzy idea. How about making a movie, that everybody doesn’t already know what it’s all about.

    • LoveAnimation

      The companies almost never want to create new and original movies anymore because they are scared that it wont earn enough money.
      Well the American companies atlest.

  • Kori Batchelor

    For the love of all that is holy, please let them use a practical Pumpkinhead. If you build it, we will come.

  • Siren

    Like others said, please be practical effects. That’s what made the original amazing. And Hendrickson. I am skeptically optimistic that they won’t fuck this up.

  • RoboDouche

    Hell yeah I’m in. As long as Pumpkin Head is not all CGI I’ll be there.

  • WindowsIsDead

    I don’t know what to think, I’m divided. Hopefully it will extend the lore whilst keeping its roots. (PFX PLS!)
    It was released in the year I was born along with great stuff like They Live, The Blob, RotLDII just to name a few. So it bears a great deal to me, I’m looking forward to it but I hope I don’t get burned.

    • Matt

      A bit off topic, but I love the word ‘whilst’. I use it every chance I get!

  • LoveAnimation

    Pumpkinhead is one of my favorite horror movies so im very appy that its coming back so the monster and everything else can hopefully get more popular and get more attention.

  • the usual suspect

    I love pumpkin head and not going to lie, I knew a remake was coming someday. I am so glad they are going to go the PFX route and not CGI, that was my only concern. Hopefully now it turns out to be one of the better remakes and not medicore at best.

  • A-TOWN CALI DUDE

    It is about damn time that they get the ball going on this! Just hearing that they’re implementing PFX and going back to the roots of the original has my anticipating this!

  • Jonathan Larsson

    It would be nothing but fair if they used mainly practical effects. That’s one of the many things that the Thing-prequel lacked.
    Then again, worst case scenario is that the studio wishes otherwise and turns the movie over to a different director.

    • Gwarlock

      That’s the one thing I didn’t like about the Thing prequel. I would have liked it to be both practical effects and CGI. I won’t mind a little CGI in this remake, just to show the speed and strength of Pumpkinhead.

  • Zachary Brown

    finally! please be good

  • Peter Block GENUINELY has reverence for the genre. He’s been involved in a lot more than just Saw and he even took most of the blame on himself for Carpenter’s The Ward. Personally of all the films that get remakes, this one makes the most sense. Fingers crossed.

  • Shocking this hasn’t been remade already. I definitely like what Block has to say. We’ll see if it translates to the screen…

  • Overton Green

    This movie is a classic. One of the true greats that few people talk about. It’s one of the best horror monster films ever made. I am 40 years old and I remember seeing this when I was a kid.

    I remember all the films I saw as a kid that left a huge impression on me. The Boogeyman is one that terrified me when I was a kid. Halloween, Friday 13th The Final Chapter, The Shining, and Pumpkinhead…

  • Overton Green

    That’s some great work. I got Freddy, Leatherface, Michael, and Jason on my upper chest. Michael Myers face and the original Halloween logo on my right arm.

    Going to add Ghostface, and Pinhead at some point.

  • Halloween_Vic

    I was wondering when this was gonna get remade.

    • Matt

      Yes, you know it was only a matter of time. Hollywood seems to be on an endless quest to re-make all of the classics. Unfortunately for us, the usually find a way to completely ruin them. Hopefully that will not be the case with this one.

      • Halloween_Vic

        Exactly, I guess we’ll have to wait and see but I’m definitely not gonna make expectations for this one. Hollywood likes to fuck up classics.

  • WALKTER

    Before I even read the article I was thinking ” great a shitty CGI Pumpkinhead”, but this sounds promising. Mabey they could get Amalgamated Dynamics to do the special effects, that’d be boss.

  • Overton Green

    Can we get someone to remake Scanners pretty please. That is a movie I would love to see updated!

    • Apparently the new film Mind’s Eys might as well be a remake. I’ve heard a lot of good things.

      • Darnell

        Yeah I have been reading some cool stuff about it. I saw Scanners with my mom when I was a kid. I couldn’t have been more than 7. Theven opening head explosion still gives me chills.

  • Brian Heath

    Im tired of people saying remakes are messing up originals or classics or whatever word you want to use, but they didn’t ruin anything. why? because they still exist. If you don’t like the remakes or sequels go back and just watch the original to whatever film that’s being remade. Halloween 1978 still exists, Texas CHainsaw massacre 1974 still exists. Nightmare on Elm Street 1984 still exists go watch that shit.They even have them on bluray these days, what more you want? stop complaining about remakes. You know remakes have been going on for along time, good example in the 80s John Carpenter himself remade what????? The Thing… Yes OMG.. Im sure if it was done today people would complain again, oh wait they did on The Thing Prequel that just came out a few years ago. I agree that they are remaking everything. in the 80s and 90s it was all about sequels. People complain even now, when is a new original film going to be made. Well I have one for you, Hatchet. Good newer trilogy. Those who complain don’t understand how remakes and sequels are structured. you want a copy of the original go get the original. Look at psycho’s remake, it was pretty much shot for shot compared to the 1968 version. The 1998 straight up copied the original. now that’s something to complain about. But even with Halloween, I hate RZ Halloween. Especially the 2nd remake. But hey I can just plug in Halloween 1978 and there it is once again. Get over yourselves people. be happy we still get to see great villians live on like Pumpkinhead, Myers, Freddy, ect.

    • Brian Heath

      Not to mention that now that the series for TV based off horror movies are even getting mentioned so I thought id add a comment for that as well. So far I have loved the TV versions of movies, yes bates motel is one, I liked Hannibal to bad they shut it off after a few seasons, but Scream just watched that for the first time, liked it and cant wait to watch season 2, then Ash vs Evil dead. Exorcist Ive never been a fan of, the first 3 movies were ok, the 3rd was the best IMO mainly cause of Brad Dourif in it, and then we have From Dusk Til Dawn. All are great! Though I haven’t watched the Evil dead show yet. But you see, we get to enjoy different spins and twists on horror icons that keep coming. Id prefer all this mentioned then have it die like the real classics like Wolfman, tho it was remade, Frankenstein , Ghouls of any kind, stuff from the old universal days, sure you get spin offs, but a true remake or sequel to Frankenstein would be cool. Just saying folks that we should enjoy what comes out even if its not what you expect because its supposed to be different. that’s the magic behind it. You want the same movie over and over shot for shot, word for word? or these remakes that okay take a twist but we still get to enjoy what most of us grew up on.

  • Werewolf

    YES!

  • JP Andrika

    Either get the Creature design right and the emotional plot with the Father and Son plus good actors or fuck out of my face.

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