If the candy and the costumes and the fact that it's the only time of the year you can scatter bones in your front yard without having the neighbors alert the authorities aren't enough for you to look forward to Halloween, here's a new reason: Sideshow Pictures is promising to deliver a great short film each year, just in time for the holiday ... and the first one, Night of the Pumpkin, is ready to launch.
From reading the synopsis, the film sounds like some kind of splattery combination of Witchboard and Rubber (yeah…wrap your minds around that one). What we can guarantee is plenty of blood along with a gruesome growing gourd with nothing but bad intentions. Okay, I'm curious.
For those who want to join me in checking out this marauding jack-o-lantern, head over to Fangoria.com on October 25 and get your free viewing of the film. After the 25th Night of the Pumpkin will be available on other media outlets.
Read on for the details, and enjoy an exclusive to Dread Central picture of director Frank Sabatella (Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet) spending some quality time with Jack.
From the Press Release
This Halloween, Sideshow Pictures, the team behind the modern cult slasher Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet, brings horror fans worldwide a hilarious new short splatterfest, Night of the Pumpkin!
It’s All Hallow’s Eve, and geeky Steve and his buddy Cutter are holding a sťance in the local cemetery. While foolishly toying with the dark forces of nature, they summon the soul of an ancient demon that possesses their jack o’lantern, which promptly goes on a carnivorous rampage. As the demonic gourd terrorizes the entire town, it grows larger and larger with every human soul it consumes. Now it is up to Steve to stop the monster pumpkin before it destroys his neighborhood and devours the woman he loves! Will Steve be able to tame the savage beast, or will this Halloween be his last? Who will survive the Night of the Pumpkin?
Night of the Pumpkin is the first in a series of annual Halloween shorts to be produced by Sideshow Pictures.
In addition to the Sideshow team, this innovative short's creators have pooled together some of the finest and freshest talent to ensure Night of the Pumpkin is a ghoulish, gore-filled delight that will torture and tickle the funny bones of horror fans everywhere. Directed by Sabatella (Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet) and penned by screenwriter Ted Geoghegan (Sweatshop, Barricade) from a story by Sabatella and newcomers George A. Taramas and Michael Gruosso (Night of the Living Heads, Demented), Night of the Pumpkin promises to be an over-the-top slaughterfest, mixing every drop of splatter (created by "Boardwalk Empire" and Crazy 8's FX maestro Jeremy Selenfriend) with hefty doses of laughter.
Night of the Pumpkin will debut online at Fangoria.com on Tuesday, October 25th, and will be available to all other media outlets after an exclusive 24-hour window on October 26th.