Pumpkinhead is both a delicious spicy beer from Maine's Shipyard Brewing Company and an old-school horror movie. The latter version, scare-seekers will be thrilled to hear, is being remade by producer Peter Block.
The guy's credits run deep, having done all seven Saw flicks in addition to The Devil's Rejects, House at the End of the Street and (make of this one what you will) Leprechaun 2: Back 2 tha Hood.
The original 1988 Pumpkinhead starred Lance Henriksen as a man who summons the titular, character to exact on those responsible for the death of his son. Block told Entertainment Weekly:
“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. ... [The new script] 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.”
Pumpkinhead spawned a direct-to-video sequel, 1994’s Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings, and a pair of Syfy TV movies, 2006’s Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes and '07’s Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud.
The Pumpkinhead remake comes from writer Nathan Atkins, who penned the Donnie Darko follow-up S. Darko. It's currently looking for a director, with plans to film in 2017 and use as many practical (non-digital) special effects as it can. "It’s not like you’re all of a sudden going to find that [the monster is] some amorphous, nebulous, CGI wispy thing," Block says. "You’re going to know it came from the Pumpkinhead family lineage.”
Watch actor/filmmaker Rider Strong (Cabin Fever, Boy Meets World) break down his five favorite horror movies for Fuse: