Dynamite's third announcement for the New York Comic Con builds on an announcement from San Diego Comic-Con. Their partnership with Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Pictures to do comic books based on the cult classic Pumpkinhead moves forward, as writer Cullen Bunn (Deadpool, Micronauts) has been tapped for the new series. The new horror tale is expected to hit stores in February 2018.
In the original Pumpkinhead film, a group of teenagers inadvertently kill a young boy in rural Appalachia, and his father seeks the powers of a backwoods witch to bring the child back to life. Instead, she invokes The Pumpkinhead — a monstrously clawed demon which, once reborn, answers only to Harley's bloodlust.
As the creature wreaks its slow, unspeakable tortures on the teens, Harley confronts a horrifying secret about his connection to the beast — and realizes that he must find a way to stop its deadly mission before he becomes one with the creature forever. Pumpkinhead features a hypnotic, heart-rending performance by Lance Henriksen and the directorial vision of special effects master Stan Winston, and spawned three sequels.
Bunn said of the project:
"I watched Pumpkinhead on opening night in a little two-screen movie theater outside Berkeley Mall in Goldsboro, North Carolina. To say it helped cement my love of horror (and, in particular, 'rural horror', which I write a lot of these days) would be an understatement. I can recite the poem from memory. I even play the soundtrack while writing my own stories. The pacing, the eeriness of the setting, the interplay of weird light and shadow. These are all elements I hope to capture in the comic. As a longtime fan of horror, I hold this movie in high regard, and I couldn't be more thrilled to be contributing to the backwoods mythos of Haggis and Bunt Wallace and the Demon of Vengeance his own self."
No artist has been attached to the series yet, but a promotional image by Kelley Jones can be seen below.