Stan Winston's Pumpkinhead is one of the goriest guilty pleasures of the '80s, with Lance Henricksen calling on the deformed demonic creature to enact revenge over the accidental death of his only child.
This was the legendary SFX master's directorial debut and the 1988 cult gem is a dark fairy tale that delivers gobs of goose-flesh and one horrific abomination stalking evil humans.
A trio of direct-to-video sequels was hatched in the wake of the original: 1994's Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings, 2006's Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes, and 2007's Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud. Saw producer Peter Block reportedly picked up the Pumpkinhead rights and a fresh feature film has been in the works since 2016.
A new original Pumpkinhead series from Dynamite sprouts this week to resurrect the ancient skin-slashing, soul-swallowing monster and it's got a killer creative cast to properly reintroduce the next generation to its twisted backwoods terror.
Here, writer Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun, Monsters Unleashed, Micronauts) is back where he feels most comfortable, in the chilling confines of a good old-fashioned horror yarn, this time taking the mythology of the Pumpkinhead franchise and turning it into a devilishly fine new comic series from Dynamite. Bunn's crisp script is punctuated by the talented pencilwork of Blacky Shepherd and Kyle Strahm(on back-up stories), making this one of the most satisfying titles of the year.
Here's the official solicitation synopsis:
“For each of Man’s evils, a special demon exists.”
For thirty years, the demon of vengeance has been still, its corpse buried in a pumpkin patch graveyard in the hills. But when a reckless driver accidentally kills a pair of children, the creature is called up once more. This time, though, the monster’s intended target is protected by a cruel backwoods crime family. They hatch their own supernatural plans for dealing with Pumpkinhead. For each of man’s sins, a special demon exists, and when seven infernal creatures roam the hills and the hollows, no one--guilty or otherwise--is safe.
Plus! The first part in a backup story about everyone’s favorite, Haggis, by Cullen Bunn and Kyle Strahm!
“The original Pumpkinhead movie came out at the height of my horror flick fandom, and the demon of vengeance thereby cemented itself as one of my favorite horror movie icons," Bunn told SYFY WIRE. "Here we are, 30 years later, and I’m like a kid in a bloody candy store now that I have the chance to contribute to Pumpkinhead’s story!”
Dynamite Entertainment has also announced the launch of their new Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, the first-ever Dynamite Fan Gear promotion, saluting the celebrated titles and creator-driven projects that have defined the publisher for the past twelve years!
Carve into the carnage in our exclusive 7-page preview plus variant covers in the full gallery below, then tell us if you'll venture into Pumpkinhead #1 when it arises February 21.