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Exclusive: Glen Mazzara Talks Mid-Season Scares for Damien



With “Damien” kicking ass and taking names (he has so many names) for A&E, we checked in with showrunner Glen Mazzara to get the scoop on fan reaction to the series and what’s next for everyone’s favorite Antichrist!

Be warned… if you’re not completely caught up with the show, there are a few spoilers below.

I think fans were surprised by ‘Damien,’” says Mazzara. “A lot of people were expecting something a bit more campy like “Lucifer,” but that was never on our agenda. We’re trying to basically serve up a horror movie in ten parts. People are really getting it. It’s exciting to see how nuts the fans get on Twitter. The thing I feel greatest about is everything comes together in the season finale. Episodes 7 and 8 continue to get darker and crazier, and then 9 and 10… they’re just absolutely bonkers and incredibly well directed. All the storylines we’ve set up are about to start paying off… and things will be put in motion for Season 2. It’s all there, man. I cannot wait for people to see it!

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Mazzara gets into detail regarding where the titular character is right now in Season 1. “Damien has spent so much of his time avoiding something that he feels in his gut is true. He’s been on the run, he’s been in hiding… Now the running has to stop. In the beginning of the season Damien approached his situation like anyone would… as a problem he needs to gather information to try and solve. But then in the fifth episode, “Seven Curses,” he comes face to face with the supernatural. He learns that he is the Antichrist and that Hell follows behind him. At that point he decides he doesn’t want to carry that cross, and he attempts suicide. However, that doesn’t work; he cannot kill himself. From here on we’re going to see a Damien who knows that now what he’s been fearing is true. He’s not crazy or hallucinating. He knows he can’t run anymore so now he’s like, ‘Okay, well, what am I going to do about this?’ We’re about to see Damien taking action to get ahead of this. He has no choice but to run head-first into the storm. You’re going to see him being pushed to a breaking point over the next several episodes. The noose just keeps getting tighter and tighter around his neck, and believe me… it’s going to be really exciting seeing it all come together.

Mazzara always wanted this show to be socially conscious… and that’s the realistic direction he wants to maintain in the series. “A lot of times what happens in horror films is that people have a tendency to buy into a supernatural explanation for things a little too easily, and then you start playing by those type of rules. Damien is an atheist. He doesn’t believe in any god or a devil, so for him to come to the realizations he must accept, he has to be confronted with both his inner and the external demons that surround and encompass him. He’s a war photographer who faces true horrors as a means to try and connect with people. There’s some stuff coming up that’s very reminiscent of things that have happened in this world. We take the realistic approach to telling his story very seriously. We want people to be frightened and entertained, but if the audience can come away also thinking that, ‘Ya know, that’s like something that’s currently happening in the news… what’s really happening in the world…’ then we have done our job as artists.

In terms of the possibility of a Season 2…

The fans online are so enthusiastic. That kind of rabid fandom is important to any new show. We hope to see that base continue to grow. I think once people hear about the finale and how everything ties together that there’ll be a surge of new viewers who’ve been basically waiting to binge-watch the series. It’s crazy, though; I don’t think anybody expected the fans to embrace this show as quickly as they have. A&E and Fox love the show… they’re fans of it, so I’m hopeful of a second season. I would love to get the writers together to start working again. I have a lot of ideas, setup and payoffs, new things… we have such a great cast, and I have so many new ways to torture them in mind!

About “Damien”:
“Damien” follows the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 horror film The Omen, who has grown up seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny — that he is the Antichrist. The saga begins when Damien, an acclaimed war photographer, returns home to New York after experiencing a traumatic event while on assignment in Syria. Strange occurrences and flashbacks plague him, and he is then forced to confront his true identity.

“Damien” stars Bradley James (“Merlin,” “Homeland”) along with Oscar® nominee Barbara Hershey (“Once Upon a Time”), Omid Abtahi (“Better Call Saul”), Megalyn E.K. (“House of Lies”), Scott Wilson (“The Walking Dead”), David Meunier (“Justified”), and Robin Weigert (“Sons of Anarchy”).

“Damien” is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios for A&E Network. Glen Mazzara (“The Walking Dead,” “The Shield”) serves as writer and executive producer via his 44 Strong Productions. Ross Fineman, who developed the project alongside Mazzara, executive produces through his company, Fineman Entertainment. Pancho Mansfield also serves as executive producer.


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AfterShock Comics Announces First Anthology Collection Titled Shock



AfterShock Comics continues to push boundaries by presenting Shock, its very first anthology collection featuring a slew of today’s top writers and artists. It arrives in March of next year, and we have a look at the cover plus a few interior pages for you along with quotes from several of the creators.

Presented in the “European Album” format (same as the recent Animosity: the Rise hardcover for LCSD), this handsome hardcover features the creative talents of Bill Willingham, Marguerite Bennett, Mike Carey, Jim Starlin, Michael Zulli, Charles Vess, Michael Gaydos, Andy Clarke, Andrew Robinson, Sarah Delaine, Phil Hester, Paul Jenkins, Neil Gaiman, Dalibor Talajic, Travis Moore, Brian Azzarello, Francesco Francavilla, Cullen Bunn, Marc Guggenheim, Frank Tieri, Brian Stelfreeze, and more.  The cover art is by John Cassaday.

Shock hails from Joe Pruett, the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated editor of the classic Negative Burn anthology series.


CULLEN BUNN: My story, “Blooderflies,” is a horror/dark fantasy yarn that tells a complete story in just 8 pages, but it should keep readers thinking about the setting and “what happens next” for some time to come. To me, that’s part of what makes AfterShock’s catalog so thrilling. These stories, short or long, really fire the imagination. I couldn’t be happier to be included alongside these amazing creators.

MARC GUGGENHEIM: “Metroclash” is an idea that’s been burning a hole in my notebook for years: What if cities could fight like people? It’s the kind of huge, visually-driven idea that could only be done in comics. My story centers on a clash between New York City and Chicago, and I couldn’t be more excited about getting this crazy, bombastic concept out into the world.

MIKE CAREY: My story in the anthology is an autobiographical piece about growing up in Liverpool in the middle of the last century, a time that in some ways feels as distant as the late Jurassic. I’m trying to make sense of the disconnect between the world I knew as a kid and the world I live in now. It’s also a story about the way memories work and the way we constantly try to build a coherent narrative out of the incoherent facts of our lives. I’ve slipped biographical details into stories before, but I’ve never written a fully autobiographical story. I’m excited to see how it comes out, not least because Szymon Kudranski is doing the art, and I can’t wait to see how my life looks in his gorgeous black and white palette.

FRANK TIERI: My story is called “Little Red Hood,” and you can think of it as basically “Little Red Riding Hood” as if it was a Quentin Tarantino movie. The familiar fairy tale is instead set up as a big drug deal gone horribly wrong. So in our case, Red is a drug courier delivering a package to the biggest drug dealer in town– that of course being Grandma– and then rival drug dealer “The Wolf” arrives, and everything hits the fan. It’s over-the-top, ultra-violent, and very much not the beloved Brothers Grimm yarn we all grew up with. So yeah, this ain’t a beddy bye story you’ll be reading to your kids anytime soon. Or at least it sure as hell shouldn’t be!

MARGUERITE BENNETT: AfterShock has given me the most creative freedom I’ve had in my entire career–I’m always delighted to submit these twisted pitches and hear back that this is the one place those strangest stories can find a home. For my own part, my story is a family revenge drama set in a Border town in the 1970s–a ghastly little tale about the gifts that give and the gifts that take. I’m thrilled to be a part of such a splendid anthology.

PHIL HESTER: I feel privileged to work with one of my all-time comics heroes in Jim Starlin. Our short story “Berserker” is a prime example of Jim’s unique ability to marry very personal narratives with cosmic action and timeless imponderables. I hope I can do it justice.

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Here’s Episode One of Dan Yadin’s Stop-Motion Animated Comedy I Want to Kill



Brooklyn-based writer/director/filmmaker Dan Yadin’s new dark and twisted animated comedy “i want to kill” has premiered and you can watch the utter madness below.

The episode stars comedians James Adomian (@midnight, Children’s Hospital, Comedy Bang! Bang!), Amber Nelson (Guy Code, Netflix’s ‘Characters’) and Clark Jones (HBO’s ‘Crashing’, Brooklyn’s 50 Funniest People).

“i want to kill” is made from cardboard sets and low-rent stop motion and it is pretty damn strange if you ask me. But if that’s your thing then I think you’ll enjoy the animated series.

Check it out below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think!


Astronaut Robert Holeman is fed up with Suburbia, after years of desires going unrealized and confronting his privilege, boredom, and mortality he’s been nudged into a sort of suicidal/genocidal nihilism stoked by a steady diet of drugs. The violent fantasies, anger, and fear don’t belong to just Robert, but also to his neglected girlfriend and son. “i want to kill” is about catharsis and release. Anger unchecked leads to emptiness, but boy is it funny.

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Go Christmas Caroling with The Killing of a Sacred Deer



Given that I personally have gone Christmas caroling with various lunatics hopped up on eggnog, what the hell… why not go Christmas caroling with The Killing of a Sacred Deer? Dig on this latest clip!

Look for the flick starring Colin Farrell (Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, In Bruges, 2009) and co-starring Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (Best Actress, The Hours, 2003) to hit Blu-ray, DVD, and digital on January 23rd. Yorgos Lanthimos directs.

Special features include “An Impossible Conundrum” featurette, and the package will be priced at $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Dr. Steven Murphy (Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife, Anna (Kidman), and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of Steven’s idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen he has covertly taken under his wing.

As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss.

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