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Earlier this week we pointed you in the direction of the Fearsome Fango Film Show Line-Up for the upcoming Los Angeles Weekend of Horrors running April 17-19, 2009. Now that the full event schedule is live, we thought we’d point out a few “choice cuts” (i.e., those panels that we here at Dread Central are either moderating, participating in, or just generally think you shouldn’t miss).

Note: All guests/events listed are tentative. More stars are still joining the fun at this late stage, so expect lots of surprises all weekend long. And for the first time ever, there will be a second track of programming that will take place concurrently with the main track on Saturday and Sunday!

Fearsome Fango Film Show Line-Up Announced

Friday, April 17
Main Track (Main Auditorium, Concourse, Rooms 151 & 152)

  • 3:10 P.M.: PREVIEW: WALKING DISTANCE – With writer/director Mel House and cast members Adrienne King, Reggie Bannister, Shannon Lark, and Denton Blane Everett
  • 4:30 P.M.: PREVIEW: S. DARKO – Director Chris Fisher and others discuss this Donnie Darko sequel
  • 5:10 P.M.: SAM RAIMI with DRAG ME TO HELL stars Justin Long and Lorna Raver
  • 6:10 P.M.: PREVIEW: GRACE – With actress Jordan Ladd, director Paul Solet, and producer Adam Green
  • Saturday, April 18
    Main Track (Main Auditorium, Concourse, Rooms 151 & 152)

  • 12:15 P.M.: NIGHT OF THE DEMONS PANEL – With director Adam Gierasch, co-writer Jace Anderson, actresses Shannon Elizabeth, Tiffany Shepis, Bobbi Sue Luther, and Monica Keena, plus producer Greg McKay
  • 1:00 P.M.: PREVIEW: LAID TO REST – With writer/director Robert Hall and cast members Bobbi Sue Luther, Thomas Dekker, Sean Whalen, Lucas Till, Nick Principe, and Anthony Fitzgerald
  • 2:45 P.M. HELLRAISER REUNION – Clive Barker, Doug Bradley, and Ashley Laurence share anecdotes on their days in Hell
  • 5:00 P.M.: PREVIEW: MUTANT CHRONICLES – Star Ron Perlman and director Simon Hunter discuss their bloody sci-fi epic
  • Secondary Track (Room 502 A, 2nd Floor)

  • 12:15 P.M.: PREVIEW: HISSS – With director Jennifer Lynch, FX creator Robert Kurtzman, actor Jeff Doucette, producer Govind Menon, co-producer Will Keenan, and Indian superstar Mallika Sherawat
  • 2:00 P.M.: PREVIEW: GODKILLER – With voice cast Danielle Harris and Tiffany Shepis, writer/director Matt Pizzolo, and animator Brian Giberson *Moderated by DC’s Uncle Creepy!*
  • Sunday, April 19
    Main Track (Main Auditorium, Concourse, Rooms 151 & 152)

  • 1:00 P.M.: PATRICK LUSSIER – The director of My Bloody Valentine 3D, Dracula 2000, and White Noise 2
  • 2:00 P.M. PREVIEW: THE GRUDGE 3 – Director Toby Wilkins discusses Kayako’s latest ghostly rampage with actors Beau Mirchoff and Johanna Brady, plus Ghost House exec J.R. Young
  • Secondary Track (Room 502 A, 2nd Floor)

  • 12:00 P.M.: DARK HOUSE PANEL – With writer/director Darin Scott and Jeffrey Combs, Diane Salinger, Matt Cohen, Megan Ory, Bevin Prince, Erin Cummings, and Scott Whyte
  • 2:30 P.M.: RODDY PIPER – Will be previewing his new film A Gothic Tale along with his daughter, actress Ariel Teal Toombs
  • 3:15 P.M.: THE HILLS RUN RED PANEL – With director Dave Parker, producer Robert Burnett, and stars Janet Montgomery and Tad Hilgenbrink
  • 4:00 P.M.: HORROR ON THE WEB PANEL – Dread Central, Shock Till You Drop, Fangoria.com, Icons of Fright, Arrow in the Head, and FearNet will all be represented — Come out and show your support!
  • And that’s just the proverbial tip of the iceberg! Click here for the full line-up, and hope to see you there!

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    Buy Stuff From Eibon Press, Get More Stuff For Free

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    Eibon Press have announced that they’re starting Black Friday a day early and will be running their specials for almost a week, through November 28th. This year, they’re doing something a little different, a little more interesting. Rather than reduce prices on their inventory, they’re doing a deal where depending on how much you buy from their store, you’ll get a certain amount of free swag in addition to your order.

    The first tier sees anyone who makes a purchase getting two double-sided mini-posters featuring art from their upcoming Bottomfeeder and Maniac and The New York Ripper series. The second tier sees anyone who spends at least $30 getting a free copy of their VHS Comics titles Laserblast plus the mini-posters. The final tier is for those who spend $50 and more and that will net the mini-posters, the #1 issue of Laserblast, and a free copy of Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell #2.

    Lastly, five random people will receive an extra bonus gift, which they won’t reveal but promise that, “…you’ll love it!

    All order cans be placed via Eibon Press.

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    KISS Meets Army of Darkness in New Comic Miniseries!

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    Dynamite Entertainment just announced that they are planning to bring two of their bestselling brands together in “KISS/Army of Darkness #1”. The new comic book series will unite the rock band with none other than Ash for some Deadite ass kicking.

    The series will be written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims and illustrated by Ruairi Coleman. And the debut issue of “KISS/Army of Darkness” features three art covers from Kyle Strahm, Goni Montes, and Ken Haeser.

    You can find all three covers below along with quotes from the creative team. After looking through all of that make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are about this new hybrid comic series in the comments below or on social media!

    With Ash vs. The Army of Darkness, Chris and I were given kind of carte blanche to do whatever we wanted to the world of AOD, and we went for broke,” Co-writer Chad Bowers says. “We introduced some new characters and concepts, and built a legacy for Ash’s comics adventures that I’m immensely proud of, but not in a million years could I have guessed we’d get to continue that momentum with the added bonus of tossing the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band into the mix! I’ve been in the tank for KISS since I was in middle school. I remember buying the KISS tribute album, KISS My Ass for the Lemonheads (they covered Plaster Caster), which lead to me picking up Greatest Hits, and so on. But when I found out there was a KISS comic with blood in it, I signed up for life! Of course, I adore the songs (literally listening to Do You Love Me right now), but I’m just as obsessed with the way KISS transcends the music to become something of a genre themselves. It’s something I think about a lot, honestly, so no surprise, it’s a big part of our story too!”

    “When it comes to Army of Darkness, I guess you could say that Ash is a bit of a gambler, but he’s nobody’s fool,” Co-writer Chris Sims says. “And since our first story was set back at Alan Shepard High, we’re looking forward to showing him some things that you can’t learn in school. Okay, okay, I’ll stop with the deep-cut lyrics now, but for real — if you thought Deadites at Homecoming and the Supernatural Military-Adjacent Response Team were taking Ash in a new direction, just wait until you see how we team him up with the Starchild, Space Ace, the Demon, and the Catman. In the grand tradition of the film, we’re tearing up the entire space-time continuum and if you think you know how weird this is gonna get… well, you sure know somethin’!”

    “Having done some work for Dynamite in the past, I’ve really been wanting to get my foot in the door here for a long time so I can play in the sandbox of the amazing licenses they have,” Artist Ruairi Coleman says. “Chief among those, and high up on my bucket list, is Army of Darkness: Hail to the king, baby! So, when I was offered the job of drawing the KISS/Army of Darkness crossover, I couldn’t believe my luck! The concept is totally bonkers, but in a way, that would make complete sense in the world of Army of Darkness. Thinking about it, I’m surprised it hasn’t been done already and I’m honored (and more than a little intimidated) to be the guy who draws it.”

    “After a more than 40-year career, KISS continues to be one of rock’s most celebrated bands, while Army of Darkness continues to be a staple in the comic book industry. We’re both honored to have the opportunity to work so closely with Gene and Paul to bring their world-renowned alter-egos to comics alongside our very own Ashy Slashy,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “The raging guitar chords and pyrotechnic spectacle of their stage shows could have come straight from the pages of the Necronomicon, and this epic battle between The Demon and Deadites will appeal to the hellions in all of us!”

    Issue #1 will be available on digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.

    The KISS/Army of Darkness miniseries event hits February 2018.

    Synopsis:

    KISS is on top of the world and rocking faces until the night disciples of The Destroyer show up and the band disappears. With the tour canceled, a young Ash misses one of the most important events of his life that will change his destiny. Now the Chosen One has to get back on the right path and join the KISS ARMY OF DARKNESS!

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    Jason Lives Director Pitched Follow-Up: Jason Vs Cheech and Chong

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    One of my favorite entries in the Friday the 13th series is director ‘s Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. The mixture of old-school gothic horror and comedy is always a welcome treat around these parts.

    But why wasn’t McLoughlin asked to write and direct the follow-up?

    Actually, it turns out he was asked to follow up Jason Lives, McLoughlin recently told Mick Garris on the Post Mortem podcast.

    But his pitch – Jason vs Cheech and Chong – didn’t go over so well…

    “[Frank Mancuso Jr.] wanted me to do another film after we did Jason,” McLoughlin says. “And I said, ‘What are you thinking? I don’t know what it could be now.’ And he said, ‘Well, what do you think about Freddy (Krueger) and Jason?’ And I go, ‘But Freddy’s at New Line and the guys at Paramount have [Jason].’ And it’s like, ‘Well, we’re going to try and see if we can work something out.’ So, I started thinking about that, going, It doesn’t make sense. I mean he lives in one realm and — you know, I take this stuff very seriously, what realm a monster’s supposed to stay in. And he came back, he goes, ‘Eh, forget it, it’s not going to work anyway.’ And I said, ‘You know what? You guys own Cheech and Chong. What if we do Cheech and Chong-meets-Jason? They’re like camp counselors or something. It’s like, ‘Hey, man, I saw Jason out there.’ ‘No, man, that’s a myth.’ But he said, ‘You know what? No.’”

    Too bad. While I don’t know how well a Cheech and Chong/Friday the 13th flick would go, with McLoughlin at the helm, the film would have at least been funny as hell.

    Plus we already got these two knuckleheads in Part III.

    Are you upset we never got Tom McLoughlin’s Jason vs Cheech and Chong? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

    You can buy Friday the 13th: Part VI – Jason Lives on Blu-ray HERE.

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