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It’s become a Dread Central tradition to close out our Comic-Con work week with the “Supernatural” panel. Few sessions are as funny, informative, and entertaining year after year. And 2010 was no exception. All the tidbits and mini-spoilers Kripke and crew revealed can be found here, along with a description of the clip that was shown from Episode 4 of the upcoming Season 6, “Weekend at Bobby’s”, directed by Jensen Ackles.

San Diego Comic-Con 2010: Supernatural Panel: How Do You Top the End of the World?Instead of making the audience wait until the end of the panel for the really good stuff, “Supernatural” always starts things off with video, in this case the aforesaid “Weekend at Bobby’s” sneak peek, which Ackles introduced. Even though it’s not the season opener, they shot it first to give him time for prep and so he can then return to straight acting throughout the rest of the episodes. Here’s the description of a scene between Bobby Singer and the demon/angel Crowley, which followed a quick montage recap of Season 5.

A TV newscast from Galveston, Texas, reports the end of 10-foot swells and 150-mph winds as Hurricane Tiffany winds down. Residents can expect more sun and back to normal conditions. Bobby, who’s listening, is invoking a spell of some sort. Crowley appears, telling Bobby to “cheer up, mate!” Bobby, of course, is having none of it and offers him a drink. Nope, Bobby’s six-day old rot gut isn’t good enough. Cutting to the chase, Bobby asks for his soul back. He lived up to his side of the bargain; the world was saved. But Crowley taunts him, “Didn’t you read the contract … ‘use best efforts’. Meaning I’d like to, but can’t.” Bobby calls him a lying sack of shit. “Leopard … spots. Ten years,” says Crowley. Yeah, Bobby kind of figured he’d say that and flips the black light on. Crowley is trapped in a special symbol drawn on Bobby’s floor. Dogs, presumably hellhounds, growl. “Ball’s in your court, Robert.”

And with that out came newly promoted showrunner Sera Gamble, creator Eric Kripke, Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Jim Beaver, and co-executive producer/writer Ben Edlung. Here are the highlights:

  • What is Kripke’s involvement in the show now that he’s passed the torch to Sera? He joked he’s the “loving, gentle pain in Sera and [executive producer] Bob [Singer]’s asses … fuzzy hemorrhoids.” As we’ve mentioned in previous stories, he’s still around and offering advice, ideas, etc.
  • What can we expect in Season 6? Gamble promises monsters — more monsters this season than ever. The last few years have been epic, but she misses the boys shooting monsters in the face so look for still a bit of mythology but with monsters looped in.
  • Ackles was asked how difficult it was to both direct and act in “Weekend at Bobby’s”, but for five out of the eight days of the shoot, he only had to direct. Look for the episode to be very Dean-lite.
  • Of course the question was asked of Padalecki: How did Sam get out of hell? And of course he couldn’t tell us. “I have no idea … that’s a question for Eric and Sera,” was all he said.
  • With regard to Castiel’s role now that the apocalypse is over, Collins explained that he’s “on clean-up detail in heaven.” From what little he knows about the storyline, he described it as being like post-Soviet Russia with the government in disarray, and he’s helping form a functioning coalition. Then he breaks out his Russian accent.
  • Poor Bobby — Will he ever get a girl friend or be able to keep his soul? According to Beaver hell will freeze over before Bobby gets the girl, although, as the other panel members joked, this is “Supernatural” we’re talking about. Hell could very easily freeze over one day. He also said that Bobby and Crowley will have their confrontation. But no more kissing.
  • Edlund, whose episodes are always dark, twisted, and insanely creepy, spoke of a new one that’s “just insane.” One with “some of the fairy.” He talked about walking a tightrope as “little people” will be involved. Apparently the boys have to fight a tiny pinprick of light – Tinkerbell. Edlund’s “rich in absurdity” description sounds just about right!
  • Gamble discusses the female characters we can look forward to in Season 6: One is new – Sam and Dean’s relative on their mother’s side, a Campbell. And yes, Lisa Braeden (played by Cindy Sampson) will be back.
  • The “Supernatural” anime project was brought out. Sadly, it’s not being made available in the US, although Kripke said if enough calls and emails get to Warner Brothers requesting it, they might change their minds. He loves the idea – so much stuff in it they can’t do on TV. Tentacles! Jensen and Jared re doing voice work in a couple of the chapters.
  • Then a biggie: Was Chuck God? Of course we didn’t get an answer. Per Kripke it’s “open to interpretation.” A side conversation ensues about “M. Night Douchy” and how coming out and saying Chuck is God would be an “M. Night-level douche” move. Hilarious.
  • In a head-scratcher, Jensen was asked what advice he’d give himself about directing Jensen Ackles, and he said, “You don’t have to convince me to do anything.” Although he doesn’t consider himself a *director*, he does appreciate the opportunity. So far the other guys — Jared, Jim, and Misha — aren’t interested in following in his footsteps.
  • On the flip side, Beaver was asked about Ackles’ abilities as a director, and he said he’d never felt more secure or well guided as an actor than when Jensen was directing him.
  • Who wouldn’t love to see Jeffrey Dean Morgan back on the show? But he’s a busy guy … a movie star! As Gamble mentioned (and we’ve known for a while now), we will be seeing Mitch Pileggi’s return as the boys’ grandfather.
  • Jared was asked about the challenges of playing against himself during his Lucifer phase. He laid out three typical techniques he could have chosen from: look in a mirror, have another actor stand in, or use a photograph. He opted instead to use a small piece of tape. And then had to confess he hasn’t even seen the final footage yet as he’s a “few episodes behind.” Again, hilarious.
  • J&J did some joking about their chemistry. Jared claims it’s not real … he’s just acting. Jensen pipes up with, “He’s not that good of an actor.”
  • Did changes have to be made to Kripke’s vision of the finale once the renewal was confirmed? “There wouldn’t have been as many living characters,” Kripke taunted us. In the end it was about 80% as planned.
  • Sera was asked about the show’s large female audience, and while she acknowledged there are a lot of good-looking men on it, she also brought up a very valid point that she’s always been a horror/genre fan and so are a lot of her friends so no, it’s no surprise.
  • Will we be seeing the Ghostfacers? It depends on the storyline, but don’t forget to check them out online Ghostfacers.com).
  • The “favorite episode” question came up, and Jensen reminded the questioner there have been 107 of them. But Jared had a great answer: the premiere and finale of each season. For Misha it’s the one where the guys were chasing this monster demony thing. The Impala was in it, too! Beaver hates the demon eps since “all that spiritual/supernatural stuff takes away from the show.” By then Jensen had an answer: the funny ones like “Hollywood Babylon, “Changing Channels”, and “Monster Movie”.
  • For Kripke actually watching the final episode was bittersweet. It was great to be able to wrap up every issue the show was about and express his message about family, to be so clear and have all the mythology come together. But then he went online and read some not so positive comments from a few of the fans. He had a moment of feeling horribly misunderstood but then moved on. [And no doubt the outpouring of love in Ballroom 20 today will help some more in that regard.]
  • At last we got to a few more spoilers. We’ll be seeing a real progression for Dean in Season 6. Twelve months have passed. He’s domesticated and living a somewhat normal life. But it’s all about how he gets pulled back into the hunting life and learns to deal with who he really is. And, in answer to a fan’s question, so far the only demons he’ll be kissing this year are his own.
  • To close out the Q&A, J&J were asked to name their favorite monsters. For Jared it’s the shapeshifters. Jensen prefers Todd Stashwick’s Dracula from “Monster Movie.” And then he brings down the house with a promise that he “will be killing some vampires properly this year. Cut this pasty, waify shit out!”

    As the participants left the stage, another “Supernatural” tradition began: our first look at the gag reel from the Season 5 DVD/Blu-ray sets. What else can I say but … hilarious.

    San Diego Comic-Con 2010: Supernatural Panel: How Do You Top the End of the World?

    San Diego Comic-Con 2010: Supernatural Panel: How Do You Top the End of the World?

    San Diego Comic-Con 2010: Supernatural Panel: How Do You Top the End of the World?

    San Diego Comic-Con 2010: Supernatural Panel: How Do You Top the End of the World?

    San Diego Comic-Con 2010: Supernatural Panel: How Do You Top the End of the World?

    San Diego Comic-Con 2010: Supernatural Panel: How Do You Top the End of the World?

    San Diego Comic-Con 2010: Supernatural Panel: How Do You Top the End of the World?

    San Diego Comic-Con 2010: Supernatural Panel: How Do You Top the End of the World?

    As for these last three pictures, they’re not the best quality-wise, but if you’re a fan of the show and know the characters, they should give you a chuckle or two.

    San Diego Comic-Con 2010: Supernatural Panel: How Do You Top the End of the World?

    San Diego Comic-Con 2010: Supernatural Panel: How Do You Top the End of the World?

    San Diego Comic-Con 2010: Supernatural Panel: How Do You Top the End of the World?

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    Check Out the Opening 2 Minutes of Another WolfCop

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    It was just earlier today that we brought you guys The Dude Design’s the newest poster for writer-director Lowell Dean’s horror-comedy sequel Another WolfCop.

    And now we have the movie’s opening 2 minutes!

    The clip showcases the new flick’s villain trying to sell us on his “Chicken Milk Beer” before losing his cool and taking it out the commercial’s crew. We then cut to a ragtag group of criminals, dressed as homeless Santas trying to outrun the cops.

    A fun two-minutes if you ask me!

    You can check out Another WolfCop‘s opening scene below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on social media!

    The film is written and directed by Lowell Dean, produced by Bernie Hernando, Deborah Marks, and Hugh Patterson, and distributed worldwide by Cineplex.

    Another WolfCop co-stars Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, and Serena Miller. The film also features special appearances from Canadian music icon Gowan and legendary filmmaker Kevin Smith. It was executive produced by Sean Buckley, J. Joly, Bill Marks, Brian Wideen, Michael Kennedy, and Michael Hirsch.

    The film is slated for a wide Cineplex theatrical release on Friday, December 8, 2017, with the film seeing a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital home entertainment release through A71 and Black Fawn in 2018.

    Synopsis:

    A month has passed since the eclipse transformed hard-drinking Officer Lou Garou into the crime-fighting hellion WolfCop. Although the Shape Shifters controlling the town have been extinguished, Woodhaven is far from returning to normal. Lou’s liquor-fueled antics and full moon outbursts are seriously testing his relationship with Officer Tina Walsh – the new Chief of Police. An old friend has mysteriously reappeared with a truly bizarre secret to share, and a homicidal new villain has emerged from the shadows looking to finish what the Shape Shifters started. To defeat this lethal adversary, it will take more than a lone wolf packing a pistol.

    Prepare for the next chapter of WolfCop that will be more dirty and hairy than the original! Consider yourself warned.

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    AHS: Cult Review – Clowns, Cults, Politics, and Peters

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    Starring Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Billie Lourd, Cheyenne Jackson, Frances Conroy, Mare Winningham, and Allison Pill

    Created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk


    ** NO SPOILERS **

    It’s here. We’ve reached the end. The newest season of “American Horror Story” has ended and now we are here to provide you guys with our season review of AHS: Cult.

    Spoiler free.

    To start things off let me say I’m not the world’s biggest fan of “American Horror Story”. It breaks down like this: I enjoyed the absolute hell out of the first season of the series (“Murder House”), couldn’t get through “Asylum” (I know, I know, I’ve tried), dug “Coven” for what it was, really enjoyed “Freak Show”, and again I couldn’t get into “Hotel” or “Roanoke”.

    That’s the story of me and “American Horror Story”. Plain And simple. But what did I think of the new seventh season of the notorious horror anthology series? Let’s find out.

    Back when the seventh season of AHS was first announced (then going by the title “AHS: Election”) I was immediately intrigued by the new season because I heard it would not include any supernatural elements. Like the fourth season, “Freak Show”.

    Now I’m a fan of ghosts and weird creature-men with drills for d*cks, don’t get me wrong. But the series has thus far relied almost exclusively on horrors of the supernatural variety (other than “Freak Show”) so this major change of pace was again welcomed by this guy.

    Instead of vampires, aliens, and witches this season relied on terrors of the mind. Psychological fears and anxieties. The horrors man does to man. Deep issues.

    Oh, and clowns. Like a lot of clowns.

    But just because this new season didn’t include anything supernatural, that doesn’t mean the 11-episode season wasn’t filled with twisted visuals and horrifically disturbing acts. No, sir. This season boasted some showstoppers including S&M, gimps, and a house of horrors that wouldn’t be out of place in a Rob Zombie flick. It was all good.

    But let’s backtrack a bit here.

    Allow me to rundown the season’s plot for those who may be unaware. “AHS: Cult” tells the tale of a world post-election night. The literal dawn of Trump’s America. In one corner we have Sarah Paulson’s soccer mom, trying to fight through life with a series of crippling phobias (including clowns, holes, blood, and being a good person).

    And in the other corner, we have Evan Peter’s angry, white (blue-haired) male, looking to seize Trump’s new position of power to bring about the end of… Actually, I want this to be a spoiler-free season review, so I’m just going to say the dude’s got big plans.

    Like Manson-size plans. Let’s leave it at that.

    With these two characters established, the new season then proceeds to send them spiraling into a collision course of political sabotage, intrigue, and clown-based nope, nope, nope-ing that can only end with one – or both – of them dead as Dillinger.

    Overall “AHS: Cult” belonged end-to-end to Mr. Evan Peters. The young actor has continued to show his striking range from season to season of Ryan Murphy’s horror show and this season was no different. Peters’ turn as not only Kai, the blue-haired leader of the titular cult, but as infamous leaders such as David Koresh, Jim Jones, and Charles Manson – to name a few – owed this season.

    I can only hope he doesn’t pull a Jessica Lange and opt-out of more AHS next year.

    Speaking of top performances, “AHS: Cult ” showcases some other chilling and memorable turns with Alison Pill’s strangely vulnerable, put-upon wife character being the best next to Peters in my eyes. This actress needs to be in more films/TV!

    Along with Pill, actress Billie Lourd killed it time and time again. The “Scream Queens” breakout star and Carrie Fisher spawn was yet again a highlight in her second Ryan Murphy series. Bet she has the starring role in next season. Mark my words.

    Add to that, the season also boasts a handful of fun cameos, including John Carroll Lynch’s return as Twisty the Clown, Emma Roberts as a bitchy reporter that will do anything to end up on top, and Lena Dunham as SCUM Manifesto writer Valerie Solanas. The cameo cast killed it and I wish they would have been present for more episodes. What are you gonna do?

    On the sour side of the season, I didn’t dig Sarah Paulson’s character. At all. But I’m sure that was the point. Right? I’m still not sure. But, boy, I wouldn’t even want to be stuck in line behind her at a Starbucks for three minutes, let alone spend the better part of this season’s 11-hours with her and her whiny bullshite. Urgh.

    That said, she pulled it out by the finale. That’s all I’ll say.

    In the end, I enjoyed this season as much as – if not more – than any other of the series. “Murder House” will still no doubt go on as my favorite season of the series, but “AHS: Cult” will rank third after season one and “Freak Show”.

    While I was on the fence about the season after three episodes, the show ended up ditching Paulson’s character (and/or shifting her arch) after a lull so the episodes picked up quickly. Whenever the season turned its focus back towards Peters (in whichever incarnation he was playing at the time) the show got better and better. Every time.

    Not a bad way to spend my Tuesday night for the past 11 weeks.

    Bring on season 12.

    • American Horror Story: Cult (2018)
    3.5

    Summary

    The seventh season of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story was Evan Peters’ show all the way through. The young actor pulled out all the stops time and time again to make what may have been a lackluster supernatural-free season a winner.

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    The Axiom Review – A Stylish and Clever Slice of Independent Horror

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    Starring Hattie Smith, Zac Titus, Nicole Dambro

    Directed by Nicholas Woods


    The Axiom is an ambitious, well directed, impressively acted and stunningly shot independent horror film that has just a few, teensy little flaws holding it back from greatness (and therefore will have to settle for just being really, really good, instead).

    The first thing you realize when watching The Axiom is that this is a beautiful film. Everything is framed and shot in a lush and stylish manner, but one which is always tonally appropriate for the scene.

    The second thing you’ll notice, and keep noticing as the film plays out, is that the movie really struck gold with this cast. Not only is there a total lack of the sort of stilted and unnatural acting seen in countless other microbudget horror affairs, but the performances are genuinely fantastic across the board. The main characters are believably chill and relatably normal in the early scenes, and the acting remains just as impressive once things start getting a bit more… intense. It’s not often that an independent horror film has so many good performances that it makes it hard to pick the movie’s acting VIP, but that is undeniably the case here. Taylor Flowers delivers what is probably the showiest performance (and does it very well, indeed), but the entire cast really is quite good.

    The central premise of the film is both interesting and original, and touches upon the real life fact (given some recent attention in the ‘Missing 411’ books and documentary) that a lot more people sure seem to go missing out in the woods than seems reasonable, while simultaneously weaving all sorts of folklore, fairy tales and urban legends into the mix. It’s also clever in the way that it very naturally reveals aspects to the relationships between characters that serve to later – or sometimes retroactively – explain some of the more questionable decisions they make or attitudes they display. While that may sound like screenwriting 101, it’s surprising how many films fail to do this. The Axiom rewards the viewer’s attention in other ways as well, with many aspects of the movie that initially feel odd or unnatural receiving reasonable explanations (within the context of the movie) by the end. It’s not quite as challenging (or as rewarding) in this regard as, say, something like Session 9, but it does add a nice layer of complexity to the storytelling.

    The film’s score, by Leo Kaliski, is also quite good. There may be a moment here or there where the music hits an overly familiar beat, but overall it not only fits the movie’s tone, but does quite a bit to help set that tone as well.

    The only thing that I don’t feel the movie quite pulls off – and I’m trying to be vague here, because I feel like the less you know going into this film, the better – is some of the makeup effects work. The gore stuff is very well executed, but some of the other stuff feels like it was crafted with the intention of shooting it in a more… stylized manner. Instead, filmed as it is here, the result is sometimes less than impressive and can fail to make the impact that the movie seems to be implying that it should. And while some of what the makeup effects lack in execution is made up for with the ingenuity and creativity of their design, it’s still a bit of a shame when they don’t quite pull them off because, aside from a few niggles that I have with the writing, the effects are the only aspect of the film that occasionally fails to live up to the high level of technical proficiency that The Axiom otherwise demonstrates.

    ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS:

    • Man, the acting in this movie is really good. The dialogue may stumble once or twice, but these actors always sell it anyway.
    • Give back Mia Sara’s DNA, Hattie Smith!
    • If you’re going to put your female lead in shorts this small, I hope you’re not sensitive to viewers unleashing a nonstop parade of “Has anyone seen my pants / OH GOD WHERE ARE MY PANTS!” jokes.
    • “You just pop this here ‘Blair Witch Stick Person / Anarchy sign’ sticker up on that there windshield of yours, and them park rangers? Well – heh heh – they won’t bother you none, no sir.” Hmmmmm…
    • The film really is shot amazingly well – better than a lot of mainstream releases. Cinematographer Sten Olson has a real future ahead of him.
    • As does writer / director Nicholas Woods, for that matter. Any director who can get this level of quality out of their cast and crew on their first ever film is someone to keep an eye on.
    • “I’ll make a run for it and get help,” says the female lead, and I’m like “Yeah, let her go – she has no pants to weigh her down.”
    • The gore effects in the movie are both realized and utilized very well.
    • Welcome back to horror movies, “I’ll be right back” dialogue spoken unironically by and/or to ill-fated characters.
    • The Axiom
    4.0

    Summary

    In the end, The Axiom is a solid and entertaining flick that manages to wring a level of quality and originality out of the somewhat tired “Don’t Go in the Woods” horror subgenre not seen since 2012’s Cabin in the Woods. The cinematography and acting are hugely impressive, it features a nice, unnerving score, the premise is original and captivating, and the whole thing moves at a nice pace that helps keep the film’s flaws from dragging it down.

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