By Jay Hunter– 1988 creature-feature, Pumpkinhead is the latest horror movie set to get the remake treatment. The movie is set to be released next year and will be helmed by Saw executive producer, Peter Block.
Block recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about bringing the much loved practical effects movie back to the big screen. Here’s what he had to say;
“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. There’s a lot of Easter eggs for people who know the original — iconic shots and iconic lines that we’re going to use.” Naturally, Block went to say that there’s a reason behind the remake, “we’ve enhanced the setting, and we’ve expanded the characters somewhat, to give it a different kind of experience.”
Thankfully, Block seems to have a lot of love for practical effects over CGI “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.”