NYCC ’17: Dynamite Will Publish Pumpkinhead Comics With Cullen Bunn
by Hannah Means Shannon
Ahead of New York Comic Con this week, Dynamite are making a number of announcements about upcoming titles, and one of them will strike a welcome chill in the heart of horror fans, and fans of the great horror comics writer, Cullen Bunn.
Dynamite has entered into an agreement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures to develop original comic book projects based on the cult classic Pumpkinhead film franchise. The ever-talented Cullen Bunn (Deadpool, Micronauts, Monsters Unleashed) has been tapped to serve as writer, slated to hit shelves 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 tortures on the teens, Harley confronts a horrifying secret about his connection to it, and realizes that he has to stop its deadly mission before he becomes one with it forever. The film spawned three sequels.
Writer Cullen Bunn says:
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.
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