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#SDCC16: Chuck Hogan Talks the Future of The Strain; Miguel Gomez on the Importance of Minority Characters

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I first heard of “The Strain” a number of years ago from a friend who’s really into vampire lore. I’ll never forget how she recommended it to me: “It’s like vampires, but they are gross, so you’d like it.”

It’s a sentiment that the TV show’s publicity team must have shared because many people will forever relate “The Strain” with the shocking “worm in the eye” ad campaign that was plastered on what seemed like every bus, billboard, and banner for a good while. It’s a bit misleading, as while fans of the series can definitely attest to the more shocking side of the strigoi, the real meat of the show comes from its dark and complex world.

It’s that world, populated by a diverse cast of believable characters, that brings me back each season. Well, that and the tentacle vampires of course. With the conclusion of Season 2, we had some heartbreak with the death of Nora and the taking of Zach. With only 10 episodes to tell their story in Season 3, kicking off August 28th, I was eager to find out where they are going from here. When executive producer and series co-creator Chuck Hogan sat down, I took my chance to find out his vision for the future of “The Strain.”

Chuck: From day 1, I made clear that the book was the book, and the show was the show. It’s a great source material to go back to for ideas, but I don’t at all feel constrained to that exact plot. I’m always looking for ways to innovate and build this world. It’s unique for me, because this is a world I co-created with del Toro. So going back into that and seeing where I can evolve is rewarding and fun. My plan for the show is to go where I need to go to get to a satisfying ending, just like we did in the book. I’m not saying that it’s the same conclusion or story. We just started talks a few days ago about Season 4, so we have a lot of places we could go.

Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro

He went on to explain how his collaboration with del Toro has been:

Chuck: One of the most important things for me was explaining these strigoi in a realistic and satisfying way without belaboring. In that respect, Guillermo has been instrumental. His visual and narrative style is key to the feel of “The Strain.” It’s been great coming up with ideas, getting him excited, and having him come back with something even better. It just builds until we have the best show possible.

Chuck also had some specifics as to what to expect from this season:

Chuck: Last season we introduced the feelers. People keep asking me if I’m there are going to be other new vampires, and I can say that there won’t be in Season 3. We want to explain the feelers a bit more, but we [also] want to focus on these human characters fighting against the monsters threatening them. Allegiances are shifting, especially with Palmer, so expect a lot to change with him. Also, we’re going to be seeing more of those meat processing plants.

Showrunner Carlton Cuse had more to say on what to expect:

Carlton: We pick up with the characters only a short time after Season 2 ends. We start with Ephraim as he learns about the state of the world and where the characters are now. He’s immediately affected by Nora’s death and forms a compelling relationship with Dutch that goes in an interesting direction. A big shift is that there’s no more debate about if the strigoi are bad news. It’s like smoking, the conversation is over, we all know it’s bad for you. The time for uncertainty is over, and it’s now a full-tilt battle for the fate of New York. If New York goes, the world goes with it.

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He described the tone of Season 3:

Carlton: I could go on for hours about how exactly we got the look of the show right. We have two directors of photography, and we have spent days together laboring over color temperature, light selection, and other elements to make the visual palette of the show just right. We shoot in Toronto in the winter, which is hell on the crew but perfect for the bleak, oppressive feel we are going for. The setting of “The Strain” is a character all its own, and people watch it because of that compelling world. “The Strain” is radically different from other vampire shows. The strigoi aren’t pretty or brooding. It was incredibly important for us to tell this story not only narratively, but visually as well. With Season 3, I think we really nailed the comic book look and feel that makes this show so special.

We had some time to talk to the cast as well, and it was Miguel Gomez’s description of what his character means to him that stuck with me the most:

Miguel: To me, the show is a huge metaphor. It’s about more than just vampires and deals with our doubts, insecurities, and how you handle yourself in tough situations. In Season 2, we saw some police brutality when Gus got picked up and was treated a certain way based on how he looked and where he came from. But with Gus we can see that not everyone who commits a crime is a criminal. Some are just victims of circumstance. With real monsters out there, you have to look past that and find our good and humanity. Gus is proof that you have to keep fighting, never quit, and always strive to improve yourself.

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It’s an incredibly deep and nuanced take that betrays a sensitivity not commonly expressed in today’s media. Looking past someone’s label and treating him or her like a person lies at the heart of fixing our present, tense social climate. We certainly need a bit more peace, love, and understanding, even in the vampire apocalypse.

So what about you guys and gals? Excited for “The Strain” Season 3? Let me know below, and keep following our coverage of Comic-Con 2016!

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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!

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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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