#SDCC17: The Horrors of Day 3 (July 22) Include Stranger Things, Channel Zero: No End House, My Friend Dahmer, Lucifer, The X-Files: Cold Cases, The Originals, Ghost Wars, Kaiju, and More! - Dread Central
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#SDCC17: The Horrors of Day 3 (July 22) Include Stranger Things, Channel Zero: No End House, My Friend Dahmer, Lucifer, The X-Files: Cold Cases, The Originals, Ghost Wars, Kaiju, and More!

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We’re back with more panel info for the upcoming 2017 San Diego Comic-Con… up now is Day 3 (Saturday, July 22nd), which is pretty light overall on the big-name horror projects but is home to the likes of “Stranger Things,” The CW’s “The Originals” and “Riverdale”; “Lucifer”; a chat with Furiosa/the Atomic Blonde herself, Charlize Theron; My Friend Dahmer, The X-Files: Cold Cases with David Duchovny; a look at Contemporary Horror; “Midnight, Texas”; and “Westworld.”

You’ll also find Syfy’s “Channel Zero: No End House,” “Ghost Wars,” “Blood Drive,” “Wynonna Earp,” “The Magicians,” “The Expanse,” “Krypton,” and “Happy!” (it’s obviously a huge day for the network); Diamond Select Toys; Skybound, Image, Archie, Dark Horse, Crunchyroll, Top Cow, BOOM!, and Kodansha Comics; Capcom; and comic icons Robert Kirkman and Todd McFarlane “in conversation” (something I really hope I can squeeze into my schedule), all topped off by the annual Masquerade party and our buddies at Troma!

Since there are so few true horror events happening on Saturday, we’ve included some others that fall more in the sci-fi and general interest categories and/or have ties to the genre. So get your spreadsheets out, dig in, and click here for the full Saturday rundown if this isn’t enough for you. Several panels are offsite at the San Diego Central Library so if you need a break from the crowds, this might be a good day to meander over there for some stimulating Kaiju and Game of Thrones discussions.

10:00am
Skybound Entertainment: Comics and Creators
Skybound Entertainment editor Jon Moisan discusses Skybound’s latest comics slate with some of their top creators, including Sean Mackiewicz (Skybound Entertainment editorial director, Gasolina), Donny Cates (Redneck, God Country), Chris Pasetto (Kill the Minotaur), Christian Cantamessa (Kill the Minotaur), and Brandon Thomas (Horizon).
Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 29AB

10:00am
Inside the Writers’ Room: From Script to Screen and Beyond
If writers’ rooms were like superhero teams, then this lineup would be the Justice League and The Avengers, here to offer an all-star insider’s look at your favorite TV series. The scribes behind some of today’s hottest genre shows share their candid thoughts on how to write, re-write, and actually produce the series you love (and sometimes loathe) in a special supersized session moderated by Sony Pictures Television’s executive senior VP of current programming and development, Chris Parnell. Find out the deep dark secrets (and low-calorie snacks) of the writers’ room-and what happens after your script hits the stage, why editing is considered the final rewrite, and what the alphabet soup of SVOD and OTT mean for the future of the medium you love. The lineup this year includes Ryan Condal (Colony), Gabrielle Stanton (Time After Time, The Flash), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, The Middleman, Lost), Ashley E. Miller (Black Sails, Fringe, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Jose Molina (Agent Carter, The Tick, Firefly), Amy Berg (Counterpart, Da Vinci’s Demons, Eureka), Dave Rogers (director, The Mindy Project, The Office), and Mark A. Altman (The Librarians, Castle, Agent X).
Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am – 11:30am
Room 24ABC

10:30am
Diamond Select Toys: Minimates!
President Chuck Terceira and painter Brian Felgar discuss the origins of and what’s next for DST’s long-running Minimates mini-figure line-currently celebrating 15 years-and Vinimates. Previews of toys from Thor: Ragnarok, Justice League, The Defenders, The Dark Tower, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Aliens, Predator, and more. There will be a Q&A with prizes for the best questions, moderated by Zach Oat (ToyFare magazine).
Saturday July 22, 2017 10:30am – 11:30am
Room 8

11:00am
Riverdale Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Following the shocking first season finale, join Archie and the gang as they dive into the secrets that continue to loom over what once looked like a quiet, sleepy town. The circumstances surrounding Fred’s shooting kick off the mystery of season 2. Based on the characters from Archie Comics and produced by Berlanti Productions (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) in association with Warner Bros. Television, this one-hour drama is a bold, subversive take on the surreality of small-town life. See a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars and producers. Riverdale ‘s season 2 premiere airs Wednesday, October 11, at 9/8c on The CW, Riverdale: The Complete First Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 15.
Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am – 11:45am
Ballroom 20

11:00am
25 Years of Top Cow Productions
Top Cow Founder Marc Silvestri and president Matt Hawkins share their favorite moments from the early days, discuss the current state of affairs, provide tips for the 2017 Top Cow Talent Hunt, and cover series relaunch announcements and new series teases. Panelists include Top Cow’s talented writers, artists, staff, and maybe a special guest or two. All attendees will receive a special limited-edition comic.
Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 9

11:00am
Costume Design for Screen
Costume Designers Guild members Ann Foley (costume designer, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Kim Adams (costume designer, Stranger Things, Halt and Catch Fire), Ivy Thaide (assistant costume designer, How to Get Away with Murder, The Mindy Project), Jill O’Hanneson (costume designer, Preacher), Kiersten Ronning (costume designer, Supergirl), Marlene Stewart (costume designer, Oblivion, Tropic Thunder), Ruth Carter (costume designer, Black Panther, Serenity), and Samantha Kuester (costume designer, Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return) talk about the process of designing costumes for screen. The designers will also answer questions from the audience.
Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 23ABC

11:30am
Kodansha Comics: Akira, Sailor Moon, Battle Angel Alita, and More!
The global manga publisher Kodansha Comics is here with exciting new series and new editions of classics, including Akira, Sailor Moon, The Ghost in the Shell, and Battle Angel Alita, with a special appearance by Eisner-nominated Princess Jellyfish editor Yuki Sukemune. Enjoy a rare opportunity to speak with someone involved in the Japanese manga production process, as well as editors and localizers for your favorite manga, including Fairy Tail, Noragami, and Attack on Titan, plus free books and promo items!
Saturday July 22, 2017 11:30am – 12:30pm
Room 8

11:30am
Warner Archive’s Monsters From Hell
Warner Archive Collection (WAC), Trailers From Hell and Famous Monsters of Filmland join forces to spotlight some of the most beloved (and sometimes overlooked) monster/dinosaur films of the past 70 years. Revel in WAC’s high-definition remastering of cult classics ranging from When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, The Valley of Gwangi, Demon Seed, and From Hell It Came to soon-to-be-released on Blu-ray surprises. Trailers From Hell film guru Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider, Tales of Halloween) joins WAC podcasters Matthew Patterson and D. W. Ferranti to delve deep into insights, stories, and peeks behind the scenes of these fan favorites. Gary Miereanu moderates the proceedings.
Saturday July 22, 2017 11:30am – 12:30pm
Room 5AB

11:30am
Warner Bros. Pictures Presentation
A sneak peek at some of the studio’s upcoming highly anticipated releases (click here for more of WB’s plans, including an Annabelle: Creation screening and the IT-themed Cinematic VR Experience).
Saturday July 22, 2017 11:30am – 1:30pm
Hall H

12:00pm
LICENSED! Overstreet Looks at Licensed Comics
From Rom to Captain Action, from Star Trek to Stargate Universe, and from Buffy and 24 to Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash, licensed comics have long been an important part of the tapestry of the comics industry. The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide welcomes Chris Ryall (Rom), James Kuhoric (Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash), Mark L. Haynes (Stargate Universe), Ed Catto (Captain Action), and Overstreet’s J. C. Vaughn (Stargate Atlantis).
Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 9

12:00pm
Salvation: Exclusive Sneak Peek and Panel Discussion
If you had only 186 days to live, what would you do? How far would you go to save the world? CBS’s newest summer event series Salvation is a suspense thriller that centers on an MIT grad student and a tech superstar who make a staggering discovery-that an asteroid is just six months away from colliding with Earth. Join series stars Santiago Cabrera (Big Little Lies), Jennifer Finnigan (Tyrant), Charlie Rowe (Red Band Society), Ian Anthony Dale (Hawaii Five-0), and executive producers Liz Kruger (Extant) and Craig Shapiro (Extant) for an exclusive sneak peek of the first season, followed by a moderated discussion.
Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 7AB

12:00pm
The Originals Special Video Presentation and Q&A
The Originals returns for a fifth season with more supernatural intrigue, romance, and bloodshed in The Big Easy. Join executive producer Julie Plec and series stars for a special video presentation followed by a Q&A. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with My So-Called Company, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television, and CBS Television Studios, The Originals will air midseason on The CW. The Originals: The Complete Fourth Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 29.
Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

12:00pm
Women on the Dark Side
Not all female artists/creators are about unicorns and glittery vampires and silly pseudo-bondage. Some women create truly dark and challenging art and content with just a touch of humor and whimsy. Whether it’s comic books, novels, or art, these are the women who are creating content that connects with our deeper, darker side. Featuring Susan Lee (Wraith of Love, Shadow of the Knight), Megan Hutchison (Rockstars), Madeleine Holly-Rosing (Boston Metaphysical Society), and Maria Alexander (Mr. Wicker, Snowed). Moderated by Barbra Dillon (Fanbase Press).
Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 28DE

12:30pm
BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours
There’s a comic at BOOM! Studios for everyone from longtime fans to brand-new readers, and this is the panel to discover your favorite new series! BOOM! Studios editors and creators explore the diverse imprints of BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia with the exclusive previews, news, and the information you need to discover your next obsession. Featuring Matt Gagnon (BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief), John Allison (Giant Days), Ryan Parrott (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), Carly Usdin (Hi-Fi Fight Club), David F. Walker (War for the Planet of the Apes), and more. Moderated by Filip Sablik (BOOM! Studios president of publishing and marketing).
Saturday July 22, 2017 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Room 24ABC

12:30pm
Westworld: Beyond Frontier Law
The fantastic yet twisted world created in the HBO hit Westworld presents numerous legal questions and conundrums. Join the all-star posse of Ninth Circuit Justice John B. Owens, co-creator and executive producer (and Harvard Law graduate) Lisa Joy, Professor Betsy Rosenblatt, and other legal minds as they discuss the top legal questions posed in the groundbreaking show, from what corporate duties have been breached by Dr. Ford and the rest of the staff, to managing the park’s liability obligations, to the “human” rights of robots (or absence thereof), to just who owns the intellectual property created by the robot Hosts. (This program is approved for one credit of California MCLE.)
Saturday July 22, 2017 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Room 5AB

1:00pm
Archie Comics Forever: Riverdale and Beyond
Celebrate the new era of Archie Comics with news and announcements about your favorite Archie titles and The CW’s hit Riverdale TV show. Featuring Jon Goldwater, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Mike Pellerito, Alex Segura, Dan Parent, Jesse Goldwater, and others.
Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 4

1:00pm
The Character of Music: Music for Popular TV
Can’t get that certain song or tune out of your head that you heard on TV? Learn how music is added to your favorite TV shows and how it is an essential character in storytelling. Composers Dave Porter (Breaking Bad, Preacher), Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein (Stranger Things), and Eskmo (13 Reasons Why) and music supervisors Maggie Phillips (Legion, Fargo) and Thomas Golubi? (The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul) discuss how they create and place music in their programs, how they discover talent, and what their experiences have been working on some of the most popular series on television. Moderated by Chandler Poling of White Bear PR.
Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 9

1:00pm
The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast: The Resurgence of the Kaiju Film Genre
With the success of Kong: Skull Island, the buzz around Legendary’s MonsterVerse grew over night. Film buffs and kaiju fans have both Pacific Rim, and Godzilla sequels, along with the grand finale of King Kong vs. Godzilla to look forward to. Jessica Tseang and Chris Eaton (hosts of The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast) discuss with Mitsuki Koga (actor Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., Kamen Rider Ketaros), Steve Ryfle (author of Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, from Godzilla to Kurosawa), Chris Mowry (writer of IDW’s Godzilla), Mark Jaramillo (curator of Godzilla vs. Wolfman, producer Kaiju Gaiden), and other very special surprise guests, on how Legendary’s new films have reawakened a love for giant monsters, and how their career was impacted by TOHO. Exclusive footage of Godzilla vs. Wolfman will be shown followed by an Q&A.
Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

1:00pm
The Official Image Comics Panel
What’s new at Image Comics? What’s going on in the comics industry? How do you break into comics? Come listen to Ed Brubaker (Kill or Be Killed), Tini Howard (Magdalena), Donny Cates (God Country), Sina Grace (Nothing Lasts Forever), and Nicola Scott (Black Magick) discuss their work, the industry, and even more in this packed panel.
Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 7AB

1:00pm
Women Rocking Hollywood: Female Directors Changing the Faces of Film and Television
Wonder Woman broke all records in Hollywood for a film helmed by a female director. Now what? While there’s still a long way to go before women, who make up 51% of the population, are represented proportionately behind the camera, shows like Jessica Jones, Queen Sugar, and The Leftovers are making a huge difference by committing to the inclusion of female directors. This panel focuses on the incredibly talented, successful women who are expanding opportunities for women in film, who have made noise and are winning awards with their work on both the big and small screens. Scheduled to appear: Kirsten Schaffer (executive director, Women in Film LA), Tina Mabry (writer/producer/director, Queen Sugar, Queen of the South), Rosemary Rodriguez (director, Jessica Jones, Sneaky Pete, The Good Wife), Lesli Linka Glatter (director/producer, Homeland ; director, The Walking Dead, The Leftovers), Victoria Mahoney (director, Queen Sugar, Gypsy, American Crime), Angela Robinson (writer/director, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, True Blood), and Gina Prince-Bythewood (writer/director, Love & Basketball, Beyond the Lights). Moderated by Leslie Combemale (Cinema Siren).
Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 23ABC

1:15pm
Krypton Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet, Krypton follows Superman’s grandfather (Cameron Cuffe of The Halcyon, Florence Foster Jenkins)-whose House of El was ostracized and shamed-as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos. Based on DC characters, Krypton is from Warner Horizon Scripted Television and is executive produced by David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Dark Knight trilogy) through his Phantom Four banner. Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow) will serve as executive producer and showrunner. Krypton, based on characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, published by DC, will debut in 2018 on SYFY.
Saturday July 22, 2017 1:15pm – 1:45pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

1:30pm
Do You Have What It Takes To Be a Star?
These panelists will tell the true stories of the worst moments in their professional careers and how they overcame them. From vicious feuds to absolute mortification, these actors bare it all. Would you be able to pick yourself up and keep going? Featuring Claudia Christian (Babylon 5, Atlantis), Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost), Andrea Thompson (NYPD Blue, Babylon 5), Lisa Wilcox (A Nightmare on Elm Street 4), Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica, Imposters), Eddie McClintock (Warehouse 13, Bones), and Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5, Night of The Living Dead).
Saturday July 22, 2017 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

1:50pm
Lucifer Special Video Presentation and Q&A
The climactic events of the Lucifer season finale left us wondering where in the world is Lucifer and how did he get his wings back? Join the series stars and executive producers Joe Henderson (White Collar) and Ildy Modrovich (CSI: Miami) for a special video presentation and Q&A where they’ll discuss the sizzling second season and what’s in store for Lucifer in season 3. From Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television and based upon characters created by Neal Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg for Vertigo from DC Entertainment, Lucifer returns for its third season this fall, airing Mondays 8/7c on FOX. Lucifer: The Complete Second Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 22.
Saturday July 22, 2017 1:50pm – 2:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

2:00pm
Entertainment Weekly’s Women Who Kick Ass: Icon Edition with Charlize Theron
Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road. Cipher in The Fate of the Furious. Ravenna in Snow White and the Huntsman. Meredith Vickers in Prometheus. Aeon Flux. For more than a decade, Oscar winner Charlize Theron has embodied strength, power, searing intelligence, and steely determination on screen. Now, as she prepares to beat the hell out of sinister forces in her new movie Atomic Blonde, EW sits down for no-holds-barred conversation with a woman who defies the rules-and creates her own.
Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm – 2:45pm
Hall H

2:00pm
The Science of Rick and Morty
Nerdist’s Kyle Hill (Because Science, MythBusters: The Search) and special guests open up a portal to the Rickstaverse to rise above and focus on the science behind everything from portal guns to screaming suns. Q&A session burp to follow.
Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 7AB

2:00pm
World Mythology in Contemporary Fantasy
Xenophobes beware. (And if you know what “xenophobes” means, please keep reading.) There are worlds of diverse gods, djinn, daemons, Ghabali, manticores, sylphs, yowies-and oh, yeah, Baba Yaga-to learn about. And you can find them all in the pages of books. Join Reneé Ahdieh (Flame in the Mist) in conversation with Ilona Andrews (Wildfire), Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone), Traci Chee (The Speaker), S. A. Chakraborty (The City of Brass), and Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina) to learn about the monsters that roam the Earth and how world mythology provides the building blocks of contemporary storytelling.
Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 9

2:00pm
World of Capcom
Moderator Tim Turi (Capcom) hosts a panel filled with Capcom team members to present the company’s latest and greatest video games. Capcom has been creating popular games for over three decades, and this panel is the place for fans of all ages to check out the new games they can look forward to.
Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 25ABC

2:30pm
Star Trek: Discovery
Over 50 years ago, the world was first introduced to what would quickly become a cultural phenomenon. It was a television series that inspired developments in science and technology, broke social barriers, and transported viewers around the globe to new adventures and uncharted frontiers. This fall, Star Trek: Discovery follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms while learning that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. The series will feature a new ship and new characters while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. Join members of the cast alongside the creative minds behind the new series for a conversation and introduction to Star Trek: Discovery. The newest edition of the Star Trek franchise will premiere in the U.S. on CBS All Access this fall, following a broadcast premiere on the CBS Television Network.
Saturday July 22, 2017 2:30pm – 3:15pm
Ballroom 20

2:30pm
IDW Entertainment and Syfy: Wynonna Earp
Cast and creators of the breakout SYFY series Wynonna Earp Melanie Scrofano, Tim Rozon, Shamier Anderson, Domonique Provost-Chalkley, Katherine Barrell, Varun Saranga, and Tamara Duarte along with showrunner Emily Andras and comic creator Beau Smith reveal behind-the-scenes antics, show off exclusive footage, and answer your biggest questions about season 2!
Saturday July 22, 2017 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Room 5AB

2:45pm
Happy!
Based on the New York Times bestselling graphic novel from Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson, Happy! follows Nick Sax, an intoxicated, corrupt cop-turned-hitman whose life is changed forever by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue winged horse named “Happy.” The cast and creators of SYFY’s highly anticipated new show premiere a first look at the series and discuss what fans can expect from the TV adaption.
Saturday July 22, 2017 2:45pm – 3:45pm
Room 6BCF

3:00pm
Dark Horse Manga
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the manga industry in North America-an industry born from the love of comics fans and comics publishers for the work of Japanese creators. Dark Horse was one of the manga pioneers in the 1980s and continues to publish Japanese titles ranging from Danganronpa, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Unofficial Hatsune Mix to I Am a Hero, Lone Wolf and Cub, and Berserk. Join Carl Horn (editor), Michael Gombos (director of international publishing and licensing), and Megan Walker (assistant editor) for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse.
Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 7AB

3:00pm
Living in the Future
Daily life in the 21st Century can often feel like living in the future, as we relax with our pocket supercomputers in our self-driving vehicles, etc. But there’s no dearth of imagination among these panelists, who will share their future visions of our planet and others, humans, robots, and more. Take a tour as Christopher Rice (Ramses the Damned) guides readers into the visions of Cindy Pon (Want), Daniel H. Wilson (The Clockwork Dynasty), Karin Tidbeck (Amatka), Daniel Price (The Song of the Orphans), Elizabeth Briggs (Future Threat), and Rob Reid (After On).
Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 23ABC

3:00pm
Marvel: Black Eyed Peas’ Masters of the Sun
From the mind of will.i.am comes this retro futuristic b-boy zombie thriller. Fusing together the unlikeliest of genres with ease, Masters of the Sun mixes LA gang culture, b-boy-ism, and Egyptology to tell the heroic tale of a hip-hop group from East LA who must battle an ancient god that’s turning black drug dealers and gangsters into zombies. Join will.i.am, Taboo, and apl.de.ap from the Black Eyed Peas to discuss the MOTS experience and the future of delivering immersive content.
Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 6A

3:00pm
Monster Hunter
Get a behind-the-scenes look at Capcom’s newest action RPG game, Monster Hunter: World! Fresh off the announcement at E3 2017, this panel features the latest and greatest directly from the Capcom staff and development team members. This new entry in the popular Monster Hunter series is coming globally to PS4 and Xbox One in early 2018 with a PC release to follow.
Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 25ABC

3:00pm
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return
Following a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, the new season of MST3K is now a Netflix Original Series. What was it like to bring the show back, and what’s next for MST3K? Creator Joel Hodgson and cast members Felicia Day, Jonah Ray, Hampton Yount, and Rebecca Hanson take you behind the scenes.
Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

3:00pm
Netflix’s Stranger Things
Netflix invites you to join the cast and creators of the pop culture phenomenon Stranger Things, who are coming to San Diego Comic-Con for the first time! Attendees will be the first to view never-before-seen footage from the second season of the series, which picks up in the chaotic aftermath of Will Beyer’s return to a world that will never be the same. The cast and creators will answer all of your questions about the show and their journey into season 2.
Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Hall H

3:30pm
Robert Kirkman and Todd McFarlane in Conversation
Todd McFarlane, the creator of Spawn, and Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead, sit down for an intimate one-on-one chat. These two titans have forever changed the comics industry in addition to breaking new ground in everything from toys to television to film. What tips do they have for their fellow creators? How did they rise so high? They’ll discuss these topics and more.
Saturday July 22, 2017 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Room 6DE

3:30pm
Insight Comics: Focusing on Content and Creators
In early 2017, Insight Editions launched Insight Comics, a dynamic new imprint dedicated to publishing original and licensed graphic novels. These beautifully illustrated stories run the gamut from tales of post-apocalyptic horror and sci-fi survival to epic fantasy battles, supernatural adventures, and thrilling detective mysteries for people of all ages. Meet the editors and creators behind the brand, get a glimpse of what the team has planned for the rest of 2017 and beyond, and learn why Insight Comics is the preeminent home for creators. Panelists include Mark Irwin (editor), Katie Kubert (editor), Nilah Magruder (M.F.K.), Richard Hamilton (Scoop), Jean Dufaux (Djinn), Arianna Irwin (The Comet), Tom Sniegoski (Atomic Frenchie), and Frank Tieri (comic book writer).
Saturday July 22, 2017 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Room 24ABC

4:00pm
The Magicians
Don’t miss your chance to get an inside look at SYFY’s breakout series. The stakes have never been higher after a powerful season 2 finale left the world without magic. Join the cast and creators as they look back on last season and provide a glimpse into what’s in store for Quentin and his friends.
Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm – 4:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

4:00pm
A Song of Ice and Fire: Game of Thrones Fan Discussion
Amin Javadi (A Podcast of Ice and Fire, Bastards of Kingsgrave podcast), Kyle Maddock (A Podcast of Ice and Fire, AfterBuzz TV), and Tara Lynne (The Geekiary, Ice and Fire Convention) discuss major and minor fan theories, compare the books to the television show, and take part in a general Q&A.
Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

4:00pm
Midnight, Texas Series Premiere
Universal Television presents NBC’s new supernatural thriller Midnight, Texas ! Welcome to a place where being normal is strange and only outsiders fit in. Based on the bestselling book series by Charlaine Harris (author of the novels that inspired True Blood), comes a journey into a remote Texas town where nothing is what it seems. Home to a vampire, a witch, an angel and a hitwoman, Midnight is a mysterious safe haven for those who are different-a perfect place for anyone looking to hide from the outside world. That is, until the arrival of a powerful psychic and the murder of one of their own. As the town members fight off outside pressures from ever-suspicious cops, deadly biker gangs, and their own dangerous pasts, they band together and form an unlikely but strong family. Join your fellow “Midnighters” for a special screening of the premiere episode along with an exclusive sneak peek and a Q&A session with the cast and producers: François Arnaud (The Borgias), Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black), Parisa Fitz-Henley (Luke Cage), Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries), Jason Lewis (Sex and the City), Peter Mensah (True Blood), Sarah Ramos (Parenthood), Yul Vazquez, (Bloodline), executive producers Monica Owusu-Breen (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and David Janollari (Six Feet Under), and author Charlaine Harris.
Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm – 5:15pm
Room 6BCF

4:15pm
Westworld Panel and Q&A Session
HBO’s Westworld concluded its critically acclaimed first season in December and is currently saddling up for season 2. The series-created, executive produced, and written by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy -is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Cast panelists include Ben Barnes as Logan, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal as Armistice, Ed Harris as the Man in Black, Luke Hemsworth as Stubbs, James Marsden as Teddy, Thandie Newton as Maeve, Simon Quarterman as Lee Sizemore, Rodrigo Santoro as Hector, Angela Sarafyan as Clementine, Jimmi Simpson as William, Tessa Thompson as Charlotte Hale, Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores, Shannon Woodward as Elsie, and Jeffrey Wright as Bernard/Arnold. The panel will be moderated by internationally renowned vocal artist/beatboxer/musician/comedian Reggie Watts.
Saturday July 22, 2017 4:15pm – 5:15pm
Hall H

4:30pm
From Acclaimed Graphic Novel to Daring New Film: My Friend Dahmer
Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Derf Backderf, My Friend Dahmer is the eerie and electrifying new film written and directed by Marc Meyers, with Disney star Ross Lynch in a revelatory performance as Jeffrey Dahmer. Before Dahmer became one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, he was a shy kid, a teenage alcoholic, and a goofball who never quite fit in with his classmates. This is the haunting, sad, funny, true, origin story of Dahmer in high school. Moderated by Abraham Riesman (staff culture writer at New York Magazine and Vulture), Lynch, Backderf, and Meyers will discuss the joys and challenges of adapting this cult favorite for the big screen and the fascination with this infamous real-life figure. Attendees will also be treated to the first public teaser of the film exclusively at San Diego Comic-Con.
Saturday July 22, 2017 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

5:00pm
The Expanse
The cast and creators of SYFY’s critically acclaimed series are back to discuss last season’s most shocking moments and give an inside look at what to expect from season 3. Based on the Hugo-nominated book series by James S. Corey, The Expanse takes place hundreds of years in the future after humans have colonized the solar system.
Saturday July 22, 2017 5:00pm – 5:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

5:30pm
TV Guide Magazine’s Fan Favorites
The official magazine of TV returns to San Diego for its annual all-star panel. Moderated by senior writer Damian Holbrook, stars from TV’s hottest shows offer a lively discussion filled with behind-the-scenes scoop. Panelists include cast members from American Gods, The Magicians, Shadowhunters, iZombie, and more!
Saturday July 22, 2017 5:30pm – 6:15pm
Room 6BCF

5:30pm
Introducing Ghost Wars
Catch an exclusive first glimpse of the highly anticipated new psychological horror series coming this fall to SYFY and Netflix. Meet stars Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, Daredevil), Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy), Avan Jogia (Tut), Kandyse McClure (Battlestar Galactica, Hemlock Grove), and Meat Loaf Aday (Fight Club) along with creator/showrunner Simon Barry (Continuum), writer/executive producer Dennis Heaton (Motive), and executive producer Chad Oakes (Fargo, Van Helsing) in a Q&A moderated by executive producer Michael Frislev (Fargo, Van Helsing).
Saturday July 22, 2017 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Room 6A

6:00pm
Bold Voice of Contemporary Horror
Love The Witch? The Invitation? The Babadook? It Follows? You’re Next? The Greasy Strangler? The Autopsy of Jane Doe? Some of the most knowledgeable and influential voices in horror today discuss the state of indie horror film and give a sneak peek at the best to come this year, with exclusive footage from Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca standouts. This is the place to come to find out which upcoming horror flicks should be on your must-see list. Panelists include Elijah Wood (Spectrevision), Mette Marie Kongsved (XYZ Films), Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson (The Endless—Tribeca 2017 premiere, Spring), Mickey Keating (Psychopaths—Tribeca 2017 premiere, Darling), Marianna Palka (Bitch—Sundance 2017 premiere), and more. Moderated by Jen Yamato of the LA Times.
Saturday July 22, 2017 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 23ABC

6:45pm
The X-Files: A Conversation Between David Duchovny and Dirk Maggs
Liquefying aliens. Hissing creatures. Humming spacecraft. This is the otherworldly soundscape of The X-Files: Cold Cases – an Audible original drama that reunites David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, and a cast of familiar voices from the iconic series. Duchovny and Cold Cases producer Dirk Maggs talk about revisiting the rich, sonic tapestry of the X-Files universe, what it means to tell more of Mulder and Scully’s story, and how fans can join the duo’s investigations and experience them like never before by putting on a pair of headphones. Fans may even find out what’s canon and what’s not.
Saturday July 22, 2017 6:45pm – 7:45pm
Room 6A

7:30pm
Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars
Just in time for the 20th anniversary of the original Starship Troopers (1997), fans will experience the next chapter in the cult franchise with the all-new, CG-animated movie, Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars. Written by Ed Neumeier, who crafted the screenplay for the original Starship Troopers, Traitor of Mars serves as a direct storyline sequel to the live-action, 1997 movie. Fans will hear directly from filmmakers, including director Shinji Aramaki, co-director Masaru Matsumoto, and producer Joseph Chou, and franchise star Casper Van Dien as they debut never-before-seen footage and discuss the return of iconic fan-favorite characters Johnny Rico and Dizzy Flores, all ahead of the film’s fall release. The panel will be moderated by Stephen Kramer Glickman (comedian/actor).
Saturday July 22, 2017 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Room 7AB

8:00pm
Channel Zero: No End House Screening
Be the first to see the premiere of the second season of this critically acclaimed SYFY series months before it airs! Inspired by Brian Russell’s Creepypasta tale, Channel Zero: No-End House is the story of a group of friends who enter a bizarre house of horrors that consists of a series of increasingly disturbing rooms.
Saturday July 22, 2017 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

8:00pm
Crunchyroll Industry Panel
Hear about all the latest and greatest anime and manga coming out of Crunchyroll straight from the source. A special gift for all who attend.
Saturday July 22, 2017 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Room 25ABC

8:00pm
The Many Mutations of Monster Comics
When you hear “monster comics,” you might envision a 1950s Dracula or Wolfman biting a screaming woman in a negligee. Monsters have mutated since then and they’re weirder and funnier than ever! Moderator Mike Levine (The Onion) asks artists Shing Yin Khor (Beyond Press), Kory Bing (Skin Deep), Daniel and Dawna Davis (Steam Crow), Danny Lacy (Adult Swim), and Rebecca Hicks (Little Vampires) about their uniquely 21st century takes on supernatural creatures of the beyond! Find out what’s hiding in their closets.
Saturday July 22, 2017 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Room 23ABC

8:30pm
10 Points to Slytherin: Why Good Fans Love Evil Characters
It’s time to get in touch with your dark side! Forget those boring heroes-fandom loves striking and iconic villains. Loki, Harley Quinn, Darth Vader-with their fascinating backstories, dangerous aesthetics, and devil-may-care attitudes, it’s easy to see why many fans self-identify with the bad guys. But what does it say about you when you proudly claim allegiance to Slytherin House, the 501st Legion, or the Agents of Hydra? This interactive panel will explore fan fascination with fictional antagonists with TV writer Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica), New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti (Blood Brothers series, The Dark Protectors series), writer and producer Christine Boylan (Once Upon a Time, Castle), comics writer Erica Schultz (Charmed, Swords of Sorrow), and writer and editor Kendall Ashley (Nerdist, Geek & Sundry). Moderated by podcast host Adron Buske (Nerd for a Living, Fictitious).
Saturday July 22, 2017 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Room 26AB

8:30pm
The Comic-Con International Masquerade
The Ballroom 20 stage becomes a showplace for a fun competition of creativity with impressive re-created and original design costumes crafted by our talented attendees presented before an audience of thousands. Not a dance or party but a talent show on a stage with trophies, cash prizes, and other awards for the top entries. Doors open for audience seating at 8:00, but the line for choice seating will begin hours earlier. Since the ballroom can fill up, tickets are required for seating inside and will be given out free at noon to those lined up. Any tickets that remain will be given out at the Masquerade Desk after 3:00. The Master and Mistress of Ceremonies will again be writers/artists Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio, and there’ll be special live entertainment during the Judging Intermission. Overflow seating available in the Sails Pavilion, 5AB, and 6A (tickets not required for those rooms).
Saturday July 22, 2017 8:30pm – 11:30pm
Ballroom 20

9:00pm
Troma Entertainment
Lloyd Kaufman and special guests discuss topics including the premiere of Return to Return to Nuke ‘Em High at the Cannes Film Festival and Troma’s upcoming motion picture adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
Saturday July 22, 2017 9:00pm – 10:00pm
Room 23ABC

9:30pm
Blood Drive Screening
Lube up for an exclusive look at the next episode before it’s unleashed onto the public. SYFY’s Blood Drive is a twisted, grindhouse-infected series that features the maximum amount of carnage allowed on cable television. In this race to the death, the drivers are fueled by mayhem and the cars are fueled by . . . human blood!
Saturday July 22, 2017 9:30pm – 10:30pm
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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