One of the most underrated horror franchises of the late 80’s/early 90’s may finally be getting the reinvigoration it deserves. Entertainment Weekly reported this morning that Saw executive producer Peter Block has acquired the rights to Pumpkinhead, with plans to release a reboot in 2017. Block is currently on the hunt for the perfect director to helm the project.
The original 1988 Pumpkinhead starred Aliens actor Lance Henriksen as a man who summons the titular, terrifying creature to wreak vengeance on the teenagers responsible for his death of his son. The film was the directorial debut of late makeup effects legend Stan Winston and has over time accrued a large cult following. Pumpkinhead spawned one straight-to-video sequel, 1994’s Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings, and a brace of Syfy channel movies, 2006’s Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes and 2007’s Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud.