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#SDCC15: What We Know About A&E’s Damien So Far



Finally we’re getting to the reason we here at Dread Central attend the San Diego Comic-Con: to talk about horror with those who create it for the big and small screens and share what we learn with you guys.  First on my agenda were “Damien” cast members Bradley James, Barbara Hershey, and Scott Wilson plus exec producer/showrunner Glen Mazzara, who is also writing all of the episodes.

But before we had a chance to chat with them, we encountered dueling religious groups outside the Convention Center.  We of course sided with the supporters of the Anti-Christ, who also provided us with the “Who Is Damien?” booklet you’ll find at the end of the interview along with a few more photos.

Per usual, all the parties were pretty tight-lipped when it came to specific details about the upcoming series, but Mazzara did share with us that the tone is “very realistic.”  The original 1976 film was the source of the story and style, but grounding the show in realism is what “makes the horror play.”  So we’ll have a good mix of horror and thriller with the element of “a conspiracy run by Satan.”

We asked if there’ll be many special effects to look forward to, and Mazzara coyly promised a “big surprise” in the first episode that he didn’t want to spoil, but it sounded like we horror fans especially will appreciate it.  That led into a discussion of the state of mind of the character of Damien, and Glen said he is “always facing the question of fate vs. free will” and holding on to his humanity.

James mentioned how the first script he read sparked his imagination, and the passion of everyone behind the project is what really got him to sign on.  Going back to his character’s mental condition, he said that Damien is the type of guy you’d want this “burden” to fall on.  He “knows there’s something strange about himself” and is trying to get away from it.  So, it sounds like he’s more a man of action than someone who’s angsty; however, Mazzara added that as Damien is trying to gain control of his life, things do go in “unexpected ways.”


Hershey and Wilson (who have worked together in the past and share an obvious admiration for each other) joined us next, and while Barbara said she hasn’t seen anything of the show other than the scripts — which she called “wild” — and what’s been happening on the set, she did describe it as seeming “very contemporary.”  There are all these forces that want Damien… but her character is “completely complex” and her motives aren’t always clear.  She’s protective and very powerful and warped.  (Our kind of gal!)

Scott said we’ll see forces of good and evil, often leaning toward the darker side.  He described Barbara’s character as “a woman of mystery.”  She has been in the shadows for Damien’s whole life and is just coming to the forefront now that he’s the right age (30, the same as when Jesus began his ministry) to learn who he really is.  Their two characters are “partners,” or more like “frenemies” who are watching over Damien.

The show is set in New York City, and according to Wilson, we’ll be seeing some quite “provocative ideas” being brought up.  He teased that since Lucifer is Latin for “bringer of light,” we can expect some typical religious conventions to be flipped.

And with that, they rushed off to their signing and panel.  But as you no doubt saw earlier, we finally have a trailer, and I’d say they’re all off to a great start!

“Damien” stars Bradley James as Damien Thorn. Barbara Hershey co-stars as Ann Rutledge, the world’s most powerful woman, who has been tasked with making sure Damien fulfills his destiny. Omid Abtahi portrays Amani Golkar, a close colleague of Damien’s whose fierce loyalty will be tested when he realizes who his brother-in-arms actually is. Meganlyn Echikunwoke plays Simone Baptiste, a woman whose life is thrown into turmoil when tragedy unexpectedly strikes. Scott Wilson, who worked with Mazzara on “The Walking Dead,” where he portrayed fan favorite Hershel Greene, guest stars.

The first season of the series, from Glen Mazzara and Fox 21 TV Studios, will include ten episodes.  In his TV directing debut, Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) will helm and executive produce the first episode.

“Damien,” slated to premiere in 2016, is written and executive produced by Mazzara via his 44 Strong Productions.


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Blumhouse’s New Halloween Will Change The Original Film’s Ending (Slightly)



As you can imagine, one of the films all of us here at Dread Central are looking forward to the most is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new film is co-written by Danny McBride (as strange as that may sound) and David Gordon Green and will be directed by Green.

Speaking of Kenny Powers himself, Danny McBride, the actor was recently out and about promoting the new season of HBO’s “Vice Principals” and dropped some new insights into Halloween (2018).

“We’re kind of ignoring all the films past the first one,” McBride told Yahoo! “It picks up after the first one, but it’s sort of an alternate reality. It’s as if the first Halloween ended in a slightly different way.”

Really? Interesting… But what about the new film’s tone? Should we be scared, Danny?

“I think you should be very scared,” McBride says. “I mean, this isn’t a comedy at all. I think there was, like, maybe one joke on the page, but the rest is straight horror. So hopefully it gets in people’s heads and keeps them up late at night.”

Sounds good to us!

McBride then talked a bit about how original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis came back into the fold for this new installment.

“I think everyone was kind of on the mindset of it’d be a grab to get her, but no one really knew if we would be able to,” McBride said. “So Dave and I just busted our ass on this script to really make that Laurie Strode character something she wouldn’t be able to say no to. When we finished the script, we sent it to her, and she said she was in. So we just flipped out. We were over the moon about her involvement.”

And finally, Kenny Powers spoke a bit about the huge pressures that are on him and his collaborator David Gordon Green with taking on such a beloved series.

“I just hope that we don’t f*** it up and piss people off,” he said. “This is such a diehard fan base. You don’t want horror fans being your enemies because they show up at your house with masks on. We are diehard fans of Halloween. We’re watching all the sequels and where things have taken left turns here and there that maybe bites for fans, and at least trying to deliver what we would have wanted to see. Hopefully, that will line up with most fans.”

What do you think of McBride’s new comments regarding Blumhouse’s Halloween? Do they make you more (or less) excited to check out the new installent?

Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

Halloween (2018) is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green with Green directing. Creator and original director John Carpenter will be acting as executive producer on the new film with franchise regular Malek Akkad producing.

Look for the next Halloween film worldwide on October 19, 2018.

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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Exclusive: This Nails Clip Proves Dingy Hospitals Will Always Be Creepy



Today sees the VOD release of Dark Sky Films’ Nails, the directorial debut of screenwriter and Cinelicious Pics Head of Distribution Dennis Bartok. Following the story of a woman who goes through a near-death car accident only to find herself paralyzed and trapped in her own body. She then becomes convinced that a strange and malevolent entity that she dubs “Nails” is set on destroying her marriage, her family, and, ultimately, her life.

To celebrate the release of the film, we’ve got an exclusive clip that you can watch below. In it, Leah McNamara’s Gemma is walking through the bowels of a hospital when she stumbles across a bed with a working gas mask. When an alarm suddenly goes off, she jumps in surprise, knocking over a nearby tray, spilling sharp instruments across the floor. It’s while she attempts to clean the mess that Nails makes an appearance…

Nails also stars Shauna McDonald, Ross Noble, Steve Wall, and Charlotte Bradley. You can watch the film on iTunes.

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Are You Afraid of the Dark? Film Will Be Dark and Scary



I don’t know about you guys, but I am a huge fan of Nickelodeon’s 90’s kid’s horror anthology “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”. I even own the entire series on DVD with some of my favorite episodes being “Laughing the Dark” and “Dead Man’s Float”.

It is with this in mind, we are excited as hell to pass along the news that the classic series will be making it’s way to the big screen in the near future!

Gary Dauberman the screenwriter behind such recent horror hits as IT, Annabelle: Creation and The Nun has been tasked with penning the script for the new feature film.

“The show is about the shared experience of telling stories — especially scary ones,” Dauberman told THR. “We’re going to celebrate that with this movie and honor the darker, scarier tone of the show, which was really groundbreaking for Nickelodeon at the time. I hope the Midnight Society approves.”

The flick will be hitting us via producer Matt Kaplan (The Darkness) and Paramount’s new division Paramount Players. Which is headed by Brian Robbins (Varsity Blues) and will work with Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, and BET to generate projects.

Did you watch “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” as a kid on Snick? What’re your favorite episodes? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

We will let you know as soon as we hear more on Are You Afraid of the Dark? so stay tuned! Until then, you can buy the entire series on DVD starting right HERE!


This spooky anthology series for kids recounts ghost stories told by the young members of the Midnight Society as they gather around a campfire. Each episode opens with members of the Midnight Society at their secret spot in the woods, where they prepare their fire and the night’s storyteller announces the title of his or her offering. However, the cameras soon leave the storyteller and switch to the tale being told.

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