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#SDCC17: The Horrors of Day 1 (July 20) Include Death Note, The Exorcist, Ghostbusters, Goosebumps, The Strain, Teen Wolf, Van Helsing, Stan Against Evil, and More!

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We’re exactly two weeks out from the start of the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con (not including Preview Night, which really has nothing for the horror crowd this year), which means it’s time for us to share with you the horror (or horror-ish) events taking place on Day 1, July 20th, including our very own Miguel Rodriguez discussing podcasts, Ghostbusters, Death Note, “The Exorcist,” “The Strain,” “Z Nation,” “Castlevania,” “Stitchers,” Call of Duty zombies, “Stan Against Evil,” “Teen Wolf,” “Van Helsing,” and more, plus “Medinah,” the first ever international sci-fi/fantasy television series from the Middle East, and author R. L. Stine’s first appearance at the big show.

Yep, it’s a day for the TV crowd for sure.  Click here for the full rundown.

10:00am
Dinosaurs, Monsters, Movies and The Blues: Worlds of William Stout
Comic-Con veteran (he’s been to every single one) William Stout (Wizards, Conan the Barbarian, Pan’s Labyrinth, Walt Disney’s Dinosaur) delivers an exciting story- and picture-filled lecture on a varied career that includes comics, movie design, book illustration, movie posters, LP and CD covers, prehistoric life murals, theme park designs, Antarctica, and his passion for the blues.
Thursday July 20, 2017 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 32AB

10:15am
Ghostbusters 101: A Ghostbusters Panel of Biblical Proportions!
Join Ghostbusters co-creator Ivan Reitman and the IDW Ghostbusters brain trust of Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening, and Tom Waltz as they discuss the long-running, critically acclaimed, and fan-adored Ghostbusters franchise including everything from the classic original movies to the long-running comic book history at IDW Publishing . . . as well as future plans for major events from Ghost Corps that will add to the beloved brand’s canon, bringing the different Ghostbusters worlds together like never before! Be there . . . or be slimed!
Thursday July 20, 2017 10:15am – 11:15am
Room 6DE

11:00am
Monsters, Mutants, and Mysteries: Sights and Sounds
Hear from the creative talent behind your favorite dragons, superheroes, and cartoons. Join Impact24 PR to hear from some of the top composers, music producers, sound designers, VFX artists, and animators who will discuss the inner workings of your favorite films, TV shows, and video games. Featured projects will include Game of Thrones, Westworld, X-Men, The Mummy, Superman Returns, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, John Wick: Chapter 2, Justice League, Scooby-Doo, Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell, Cold Case, Resident Evil, Pokémon, Capcom and Konami games, BioShock, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Dante’s Inferno, As Told By Emoji, and more. These creatives will share their behind-the-scenes experiences from throughout the different stages of their unique and challenging creative processes.
Thursday July 20, 2017 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 29AB

11:30am
20th Century Fox
TBA
Thursday July 20, 2017 11:30am – 12:30pm
Hall H

11:45am
Call of Duty: WWII Nazi Zombies World Reveal
Call of Duty is returning to Comic-Con with a new, dark chapter in Call of Duty’s fan-favorite zombies co-operative mode. Get the first look at this new zombies horror experience from the team at Sledgehammer Games, as they bring their rich horror pedigree to zombies! Be the first to see the popular zombies mode in all its glory, and meet members of the zombies dev team and some of the Hollywood cast of actors who will be surviving this year’s zombies horror. Attendees will receive a limited-edition Call of Duty: WWII Nazi Zombies poster!
Thursday July 20, 2017 11:45am – 12:45pm
Room 6BCF

11:45am
Medinah: World Premiere Sneak Peek
The first-ever sci-fi/fantasy series from the Middle East! A new postapocalyptic series from the writers/producers of Saw, Piranha, Friday the 13th, and 12 Monkeys. Medinah’s heroes and foes (human and humanlike) face monsters, nightmares, and teleportation as they decide what is most important: Survival? Legacy? Love? Q&A to follow with Natasha Henstridge (Species) and Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight).
Thursday July 20, 2017 11:45am – 1:00pm
Ballroom 20

12:00pm
Behind the Scenes of Freeform’s Hit Series Stitchers
What if there were a way to insert a living consciousness into a dead person’s memories to find out their cause of death? The Freeform original series Stitchers follows Kirsten Clark, a highly intelligent and persistent computer science student with the ability to hack into the minds of the recently deceased. Recruited into a covert government agency to be “stitched” into the memories of the dead, Kirsten and the Stitchers team investigate murders and solve mysteries. Moderated by TV Guide’s Damian Holbrook, this panel will include executive producer Jeff Schechter with series stars Emma Ishta, Kyle Harris, Ritesh Rajan, and Damon Dayoub. See an exclusive clip from the next week’s episode!
Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00pm – 12:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

12:00pm
Spotlight on Jonathan Maberry
Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of novels (thrillers, science fiction, horror, fantasy), comics (for Marvel, IDW, and Dark Horse), short stories, and nonfiction, and anthology editor (Aliens: Bug Hunt, X-Files, V-Wars) talks about writing in multiple genres, working with Hollywood, breaking into comics, and making up weird stuff for a living.
Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 23ABC

1:00pm
Behind the Scenes of Freeform’s Hit Series Shadowhunters
In the summer season of Shadowhunters, the rift between the Shadowhunters and Downworlders grows larger and the team and their Downworlder friends and lovers are put in the middle of the dangerous divide. Torn between the Clave’s rules and what they feel is right, Clary, Jace, Alec, and Isabelle struggle to help forge a new beginning. Relationships will be tested, a new Shadowhunter named Sebastian has joined the fray, and the Seelie Queen will step out of the shadows. Moderated by IGN.com’s Matt Fowler, panelists include executive producers Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer, and Matt Hastings, with series stars Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Alberto Rosende, Emeraude Toubia, Matthew Daddario, Isaiah Mustafa, and Harry Shum Jr. Freeform will show an exclusive clip from an upcoming episode and give new information on season 3.
Thursday July 20, 2017 1:00pm – 1:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

1:00pm
Heroes at the Mic
The power of podcasting has made it possible to get pop culture news and interviews almost anywhere you can get a cell phone signal. Learn how this panel of top geek broadcasters built their shows, overcame obstacles, and had a grand time bringing you the scoops on comics, films, books, and gaming! Neal Hallford (Uncharted Regions) moderates a panel with Miguel Rodriguez (Horrible Imaginings Podcast), Gene Turnbow (Krypton Radio), Keith Lane (Two Gay Geeks), Kristin Naomi (LowBlow Podcast), and Jacqueline Lopez (Seven of Wine).
Thursday July 20, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm
IFC’s Stan Against Evil
John C. McGinley, Janet Varney, and executive producer Dana Gould share an exclusive sneak peek of season 2, answer fan questions, and discuss the first season of the horror comedy series that the New York Times called “a gruesome, deadpan delight.” The panel, like the show, is guaranteed to be a hell-larious good time.
Thursday July 20, 2017 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 5AB

2:00pm
Sketch-2-Screen: Wonder Woman, Pirates, and Apes
Visionary concept artist, Aaron Sims (Stranger Things, Planet of the Apes trilogy) and the ASC artist team reveal the secrets behind their character and world-building concept designs, previsualizations, and visual effects for some of the most iconic film and television franchises of a generation. Through a series of 3D models, animatics, and breakdowns, they’ll demonstrate how your favorite superheroes, villains, and monsters are brought to life (the Demogorgon, Wonder Woman, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, War for the Planet of the Apes, and more) . . . from “Sketch-2-Screen.”
Thursday July 20, 2017 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 25ABC

2:00pm
Teen Wolf
Just before the series is set to end its historic run on MTV, this panel will take a look back at where it all began. Teen Wolf cast and crew will be on hand to reminisce about how the show got started, talk through the challenges that shaped it as it grew into a beloved series, and tease the epic moments that will close out a six-year saga. Expect series regulars, surprise guests, and one last chance to say goodbye to a TV show that defied expectations at every turn.
Thursday July 20, 2017 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Hall H

2:30pm
Warhammer Comics
Take an exclusive look at what’s coming up for Titan and Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 comics line-featuring Warhammer 40,000 ongoing, Dawn of War, and Blood Bowl. Go behind the scenes of the Dawn of War III series, set within the latest Relic video game, and get the score of brand-new and riotous Blood Bowl comics based on the hit tabletop and game series. Get an exclusive preview of upcoming series Deathwatch ! Join Warhammer writer George Mann (Dark Souls, Doctor Who) and senior editor Andrew James for a jam-packed panel. Each panel attendee will receive an exclusive gift.
Thursday July 20, 2017 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Room 4

3:00pm
Van Helsing Season 2
Premiering exclusive footage from the highly anticipated new season of SYFY’s Van Helsing. Stars Kelly Overton (True Blood), Jonathan Scarfe (Hell on Wheels), Missy Peregrym (Rookie Blue), Christopher Heyerdahl (Twilight, True Blood), Paul Johansson (One Tree Hill), Aleks Paunovic (Continuum, iZombie), and Rukiya Bernard will join creator/showrunner Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men, Hell on Wheels) and executive producer Mike Frislev (Fargo, Hell on Wheels) in a Q&A moderated by executive producer Chad Oakes (Fargo, Hell on Wheels).
Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm – 3:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

3:00pm
1987: Greatest Geek Year Ever
The “We’re Getting Too Old for This S@#t” edition! This expert panel of geeksperts takes a trip 30 years back in time to that great geek year of 1987. Expect untouchable analysis and lethal quips as they look back at Predator, The Princess Bride, Lethal Weapon, The Lost Boys, RoboCop, Near Dark, Spaceballs, Hellraiser, The Untouchables, The Running Man, and many more. Panelists Mark A. Altman (St. Martin’s The Fifty-Year Mission, Tor’s Slayers & Vampires), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Charles de Lauzirika (Alien Anthology, The Martian: Extended Edition), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Jose Molina (The Tick, Agent Carter), Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), Robert Meyer Burnett (Agent Cody Banks, The Hills Run Red), and Steve Kriozere (V.I.P., NCIS, Castle) remind you that “if it bleeds, we can kill it” and that you should “never fight a land war in Asia.” Thank you for your cooperation. Plus: a 40th anniversary bonus look back at 1977.
Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 5AB

3:00pm
H. P. Lovecraft and The Steam Engines of Oz: Arcana’s Animation Slate Continues
Howard Lovecraft & The Undersea Kingdom, being released in fall 2017, features the voices of Doug Bradley, Jeffrey Combs, Christopher Plummer, and Mark Hamill. The Steam Engines of Oz, coming out this winter, features the voices of Ron Perlman and William Shatner. Get a behind-the-scenes look at this grassroots animation slate that is breaking down barriers in independent filmmaking. This interactive panel features Sean Patrick O’Reilly, world-renowned H. P. Lovecraft expert Leslie Klinger, and possibly a celebrity guest. Free DVDs, comics, plush toys, and shirts will be given away, and never-before-seen animated footage of both movies will be shown. Get your Cthulhu plush toy simply by asking questions and participating. You’ll have a R’lyeh good time!
Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 32AB

3:00pm
Robert Kirkman: In Conversation
Robert Kirkman, the creative mind behind The Walking Dead, Invincible, and Outcast, discusses his prolific body of work within comics, television, and now film with the feature adaptation of his long-running superhero comic, Invincible.
Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 6A

3:00pm
The Watcher in the Woods Reimagined
Executive producer and director Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina: The Teenage Witch) and executive producer Paula Hart (Melissa & Joey) reimagine the ’80s cult classic. Lifetime’s all-new movie stars Academy Award-winner Anjelica Huston as Mrs. Alywood, the distraught mother whose daughter Karen vanished in the English countryside over 20 years ago. Writer Scott Abbott (Queen of the Damned) and associate producer Andrew Gernhard (Wishin’ and Hoping, Stalker’s Prey) join Melissa and Paula to discuss the new twists on this classic thriller and participate in a Q&A session.
Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 7AB

3:15pm
Netflix Films: Bright and Death Note
Netflix presents a special sneak peek at David Ayer’s new action-thriller film, Bright, set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time. Stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, and Édgar Ramírez, and director David Ayer will debut exclusive footage from the film and answer audience questions. Attendees will also be treated to a first look at the new movie Death Note, based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. Cast and filmmakers from this edgy thriller will debut footage and share details of the project’s transition from fan-favorite graphic novel to film.
Thursday July 20, 2017 3:15pm – 4:30pm
Hall H

3:45pm
The Strain Screening and Q&A
The world has gone dark in the wake of a nuclear explosion and strigoi are in control. Do these heroes have what it takes to save humankind? The Strain, FX’s action-packed vampire thriller based on the bestselling books from Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, returns for its fourth and final season. Get a sneak peek at never-before-seen footage and then join showrunner/executive producer/writer Carlton Cuse, executive producer/writer Chuck Hogan, and stars Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Ruta Gedmintas, Miguel Gomez, Richard Sammel, and Max Charles as they discuss the challenges (and fun!) of bringing this post-apocalyptic world to life.
Thursday July 20, 2017 3:45pm – 4:45pm
Ballroom 20

4:00pm
Z Nation
From SYFY and the executive producer of Eureka, Z Nation is the critically acclaimed action-horror series and SYFY’s top-rated scripted series, currently in production for season 4. After a Zombie apocalypse decimates the world, a group of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the zombie virus from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab is waiting for his blood. Panelists include Kellita Smith (The First Family), D. J. Qualls (The New Guy, Road Trip), Keith Allan (Social Nightmare), and Russell Hodgkinson (Big Fish).
Thursday July 20, 2017 4:00pm – 4:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

4:00pm
Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation
Featuring award-winning animated shorts from across the globe. The festival is best known for theatrically premiering works of Tim Burton, John Lasseter (Toy Story), Bill Plympton (everything), Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo) and Nick Park (Wallace and Gromit). Focusing on pop culture and hilarious award-winning films, this screening allows the viewer to see the next generation of Hollywood superstars before anyone else. Meet Spike in person. Recommended ages 10 and up. Bonus Animation Vs Animator 2.
Thursday July 20, 2017 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 25ABC

4:00pm
VIZ Media Panel
The VIZ crew talks about some of your favorite manga titles, including Naruto, One-Punch Man, Tokyo Ghoul, Sailor Moon, and much more. They’ll also be making announcements, showing off exclusive first looks at new titles, and giving away prizes.
Thursday July 20, 2017 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 7AB

4:30pm
R. L. Stine, Creator of Goosebumps
Beware: You’re in for a scare! R. L. Stine, author of the bestselling children’s book series Goosebumps, is at Comic-Con for the first time. Come meet the man who has given you 25 years of fears.
Thursday July 20, 2017 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Room 6DE

4:30pm
American Gods: Collaboration to the Nth Degree
Scott Hampton will take the audience step by step through the process of making a comics page for the Dark Horse American Gods comic, beginning with the text from the novel by Neil Gaiman, then to script and layout from P. Craig Russell, next to lettering by Rick Parker, then to finished line art, and finally painting and digital coloring by Scott. Scott’s work on Silverheels from Pacific Comics in 1983 is regarded as the first continuing painted comic of US origin. His work includes illustrations for Batman, The Sandman, Black Widow, Hellraiser, and Star Trek, as well as Magic: The Gathering cards.
Thursday July 20, 2017 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Room 2

4:45pm
Ghosted
Be one of the first to see FOX’s highly anticipated new action-comedy Ghosted, starring Craig Robinson (The Office) and Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation). Ghosted is about the partnership between two polar opposites-a cynical skeptic and a genius “true believer”-who are recruited to investigate unexplained phenomena in Los Angeles, all while uncovering a larger mystery that could threaten the existence of the human race. Robinson and Scott are joined by Ally Walker (Sons of Anarchy) and executive producers Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten to discuss this paranormal buddy comedy coming to FOX this fall.
Thursday July 20, 2017 4:45pm – 5:45pm
Room 6BCF

5:00pm
Spotlight on Erica Henderson
Eisner Award-nominated artist Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) discusses comics, fashion, horror movies, everything you’ve been reading on Twitter, and of course, Squirrel Girl ! Panel will be moderated by John Allison (writer, Giant Days).
Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 32AB

5:30pm
Dare To Be Dynamite: Licensing Adventure
For over a decade, Dynamite Entertainment has brought the best in movies, television, and gaming to comics. Today, publisher Nick Barrucci takes the stage alongside an all-star cast of writers and artists to discuss the past, present, and future of licensed comics and graphic novels from Dynamite. A few of the titles to be discussed include James Bond, The Shadow, and Red Sonja. Moderated by Dynamite publicist Jeremy Atkins.
Thursday July 20, 2017 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Room 8

6:00pm
The Exorcist
FOX’s breakout thriller returns for a second season. Join Father Tomas (Alfonso Herrera, Sense8), Father Marcus (Ben Daniels, House of Cards), Father Bennett (Kurt Egyiawan, Skyfall), and executive producers Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four) and Sean Crouch (Numb3rs) for a special fan tribute panel including highlights and insights on the new season.
Thursday July 20, 2017 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 6BCF

7:00pm
Black Mask: Debuting Tomorrow’s Legends
With a nonstop string of breakout hits including Space Riders, BLACK, 4 Kids Walk into a Bank, Young Terrorists, Jade Street Protection Services, The Dregs, Godkiller, We Can Never Go Home, the Eisner-nominated Kim & Kim, and its most recent smash CALEXIT, Black Mask has made a name for itself as the hottest launchpad to debut new talent and as the home for some of the coolest, most provocative comics around. Join Black Mask co-founder Matteo Pizzolo (Young Terrorists, Godkiller, CALEXIT) and the creators of Kim & Kim Magdalene Visaggio, Eva Cabrera, and Claudia Aguirre; creators of BLACK Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3; creators of 4 Kids Walk into a Bank Matthew Rosenberg and Tyler Boss; and more special guests for a wide-ranging discussion of how new creators and new ideas are changing comics and how YOU can be a part of it.
Thursday July 20, 2017 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 29AB

7:00pm
DC Comics Goes Steampunk
Taking mashups to the next level, you’ll learn how to take your favorite DC Comic heroes and villains and transform them into Steampunk fan art and costumes! This panel will have everything you need to get your Aquaman to Zatanna mashups put together. Plus, all the how-to’s to get your Harleys, Jokers, and Wonder Women cosplays reinvented in epic Steampunk style. Panelists include Diana Given, Dean LeCrone, Bob Mogg, R. J. Perez; moderated by Anastasia Hunter (chair, Gaslight Steampunk Expo).
Thursday July 20, 2017 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

7:00pm
Netflix Original: Castlevania with Adi Shankar
Castlevania is one of the most popular video game franchises by Konami and Hideo Kojima. Brought to life with vivid animation through Netflix, fans will want to hear the behind-the-scenes stories from the cast and crew. Jessica Tseang (founder, Girl on Geek, Little Geek Girls) will lead a lively discussion with Adi Shankar (showrunner and executive producer of Castlevania, executive producer of Dredd), Sam Deats (director, Castlevania, Powerhouse Animation), Kevin Kolde (executive producer and showrunner for Castlevania, producer of Bee and PuppyCat, Adventure Time), and some surprise guests, with a special message from series writer Warren Ellis.
Thursday July 20, 2017 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 5AB

7:15pm
12 Monkeys
Attention, time travelers! After an exciting season of searching for, and ultimately finding, the Witness, everyone was stunned by the revelations in the finale. The executive producer and cast of this SYFY hit series look back at the show’s most talked-about moments and tease the upcoming fourth and final season. You won’t want to miss some exclusive surprises!
Thursday July 20, 2017 7:15pm – 8:15pm
Room 6BCF

8:00pm
Name That Movie Meets Frankenstein
For the fifth straight year, John Field (Inkpot Award winner) leads everyone’s favorite game show, Name That Movie! The game consists of seeing 50 different clips from 50 different sci-fi, horror, and fantasy movies. You are given a ticket with a series of numbers on it. If your ticket is chosen from the Magic Film Can, you become a contestant! Four people will be chosen. See how many movies you can name! But that’s not all. If no one on the panel can name the movie, the audience gets a chance! The winners get fabulous (almost valuable) prizes. The audience members who answer correctly get cool bonus prizes as well. Come be a part of this laugh-filled, fun-filled show.
Thursday July 20, 2017 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Room 9

8:00pm
Psychology of Cult TV Shows: Episode 4
Are you a fan of Supernatural, Westworld, Game of Thrones, or Sherlock? Do you love Daredevil, Walking Dead, Jessica Jones, or Luke Cage? If so, come join the team of mental health professionals Dr. Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy, Star Wars Psychology), Dr. Travis Langley (Doctor Who Psychology: A Madman with a Box; Star Trek Psychology: The Mental Frontier), Dr. Lynn Zubernis (Supernatural Psychology; Family Don’t End with Blood), Dr. Billy San Juan (Doctor Who Psychology, Walking Dead Psychology), and Travis Adams (Supernatural Psychology) and TV writers/producers Jose Molina (Agent Carter, Firefly), Christine Boylan (Castle, Once Upon a Time), and Deric Huges (The Flash, Beauty and the Beast) in geeking out and discussing your favorite TV shows. Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia, Star Wars Psychology) moderates.
Thursday July 20, 2017 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Room 25ABC

8:15pm
Dark Matter: Season 3
Halfway through season 3, the cast of Dark Matter will discuss exciting developments and what’s next for the intrepid crew of the Raza. Cast members Melissa O’Neil (Two), Anthony Lemke (Three), Alex Mallari Jr. (Four), Jodelle Ferland (Five), and Roger Cross (Six) and executive producer Jay Firestone will bring you all of the latest news from behind the scenes-don’t miss it!
Thursday July 20, 2017 8:15pm – 9:15pm
Room 6DE

8:30pm
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
Join the fun and sing along as the California Browncoats screen Internet sensation Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Enter the horrible costume contest and win horrible prizes in four categories: Best Dr. Horrible, Captain Hammer, Penny, and “other” character from the show. A grand prize will be awarded to one well-prepared individual for “Best in Show.” Do not bounce!
Thursday July 20, 2017 8:30pm – 10:00pm
Room 6BCF

10:00pm
Netflix Surprise Screening
Netflix will have a surprise screening of an upcoming original movie before its premiere. Stay tuned and visit the Netflix booth on the convention floor to learn more!
Thursday July 20, 2017 10:00pm – 12:00am
Horton Grand Theatre

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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.

Synopsis:
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!

Synopsis:

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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