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#SDCC17: The Horrors of Day 4 (July 23) Include Supernatural, Mr. Mercedes, Buffy, Alien/Predator, Image Comics, Diamond Select Toys, and More

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Two weeks from now we’ll be embarking on the final day of the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con, and since Sundays are typically geared toward the younger crowd, there’s not a lot of horror activities scheduled. But with the always entertaining “Supernatural” panel kicking things off in the hallowed Hall H on July 23rd, you should still find plenty of reasons to rise early and head down to the Convention Center.

Here are the horror (and horror-ish/kid-friendly) highlights, which include the aforementioned “Supernatural”; “Mr. Mercedes”; the Alien/Predator extended universe; a new oral history celebrating the 20th Anniversary of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”; Emily the Strange; updates from Image Comics and Diamond Select Toys; the world premiere of LEGO Scooby-Doo! Blowout Beach Bash; and a look at “Monsters, Mayhem, Magic, and Machines for the Next Generation” plus the winners of this year’s Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival. You can also join the Carrie Fisher/Princess Leia Star Wars Fan Club tribute.

It’s the lightest day yet so you should be able to finish up any shopping you weren’t able to get to on the prior days. Want to see the whole Sunday lineup? Click here for the full rundown.

10:00am
Emily the Strange Panel Experience
Emily the Strange creator Rob Reger, illustrator Buzz Parker, and special guest the Strangers present their annual Emily the Strange Panel Experience! Along with a unique Emily the Strange her-story lesson, the panelists will discuss the animated feature film in development with Amazon Studios and the final chapter of the all-ages Dark Horse comic book series Emily and the Strangers. They’ll also provide a sneak peek of new artwork from The Art of Emily the Strange: Volume 2 Odds and Ends. Rob and Buzz will discuss their creative process of collaborating for over 13 years and talk about how it all started, Audience participation will be encouraged with plenty of rewards for being strange . Oh, yeah, and bring your Q’s for some A’s . . . Be there! Or get lost!
Sunday July 23, 2017 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 32AB

10:00am
Princess Leia Star Wars Fan Club Tribute Presentation
Join your fellow Star Wars fans for a special tribute in honor of the extraordinary actress Carrie Fisher. Best known for her role as Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars universe, Carrie’s larger-than-life personality both on and off screen was destined to carve a special place in the hearts of Star Wars fans of all ages. Hear from fellow fans as they share personal stories of how Carrie Fisher inspired them, touched their lives, and will live in everyone’s hearts-always! Hosted by the Star Wars Fan Clubs: Rebel Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, R2 Builders, and 501st Legion.
Sunday July 23, 2017 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 6DE

10:00am
CCI–IFF Awards Presentation
The films have been shown-now it’s time to award the recipients of the 2017 Comic-Con Independent Film Festival with their trophies and recognition! Comic-Con’s Adam Neese talks to this year’s trio of judges, filmmaker Steve Desmond (writer/director/producer of last year’s CCI-IFF Judges’ Choice award selection, Monsters), Tamiko Brownlee (stunt performer, actress, motion capture actor, fight coordinator, Halo 5: Guardians, True Blood), and cult horror movie favorite Ted Raimi (Spider-Man film series, Ash vs. Evil Dead), about the films and presents prizes and trophies to the winners.
Sunday July 23, 2017 10:00am – 11:55am
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

10:30am
Supernatural
Series stars and executive producers answer questions about the shocking events in last season’s intense two-part finale and preview what’s in store for lucky season 13. Fans will also be treated to an exclusive video presentation featuring series highlights of your favorite guys from Kansas and maybe a surprise or two! The 13th season of Supernatural will return to Thursdays this fall in its new 8/7c time slot on The CW. The series is produced by Kripke Enterprises Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Sunday July 23, 2017 10:30am – 11:30am
Hall H

10:30am
World Premiere of LEGO Scooby-Doo! Blowout Beach Bash
Mystery, Inc. heads to Blowout Beach for a real swinging beach party, but when the Ghost Pirates threaten to crush the good vibes, it’s up to Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma to get the party back on track and save the day! Be among the first to see this all-new LEGO/Scooby-Doo movie, then stay for a fun-filled panel featuring actors Matthew Lillard (Twin Peaks, The Bridge) and Grey Griffin (The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy), the voices of Shaggy and Daphne respectively, alongside producer Rick Morales and director Ethan Spaulding. TV Guide Magazine senior writer Damian Holbrook will moderate the hijinks. LEGO Scooby-Doo! Blowout Beach Bash will be available on July 25, 2017 on DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Sunday July 23, 2017 10:30am – 12:00pm
Room 6BCF

11:00am
Fantasy, Diversity, and Inspiring One Another
Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom, and Wonder Woman: Warbringer), Michael Dante DiMartino (Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, and Rebel Genius), and Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone) talk about fantasy across all mediums, diversity in literature and on the screen, and their inspirations for their works. All three creators will discuss their upcoming projects: The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo, Warrior Genius and The Legend of Korra comics by Michael DiMartino, and Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone (both the trilogy and the forthcoming movie adaptation, which has been optioned by Fox 2000). Moderated by Kurt Mattila, film director and editor of such films as Tron: The Next Day and Lies & Alibis. Kurt’s love for filmmaking is rivaled only by his passion for comic books, which he channels through his superhero podcast, The Big Pull.
Sunday July 23, 2017 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 32AB

11:00am
Monsters, Mayhem, Magic, and Machines for the Next Generation
Classics like Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Harry Potter, E.T., and Ghostbusters continue to find fans year after year in their original and updated iterations. Author panelists explore more tales to entice readers of every age-from fantastical stories of colliding worlds to horrifying tomes of haunted houses and beyond-and discuss how the creators were influenced by the classics. With Armand Baltazar (Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic), Madeleine Roux (House of Furies), Marie Lu (Warcross), Marissa Meyer (Renegades), Amanda Foody (Daughter of the Burning City), and Christina Henry (Lost Boy), led by Cecil Castellucci (Shade the Changing Girl).
Sunday July 23, 2017 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 28DE

12:00pm
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Two Decades with Feeling A 20th Anniversary Celebration
The authors of the upcoming oral history Slayers & Vampires from Tor Books about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman (co-authors of The Fifty-Year Mission) reopen the Hellmouth and look back at the secret history of the slayer who saved the world a lot, in honor of the show’s 20th anniversary. They will also look at what the future might hold for slayage in the 21st century and revisit the underappreciated genius of Angel and the Buffys that never were, featuring some surprise guests.
Sunday July 23, 2017 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 7AB

12:00pm
Spotlight on Shannon Hale and Dean Hale
Celebrate the incredible work of the bestselling and award-winning husband and wife team of Shannon Hale and Dean Hale. Shannon has written for kids and adults including the acclaimed graphic novel memoir Real Friends, the Newbery Honor recipient Princess Academy, and Austenland, which was made into a major motion picture. Together, the Hales have co-authored the bestselling Princess in Black chapter book series, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl middle-grade novel, the Eisner-nominated Rapunzel’s Revenge graphic novel and its companion, Calamity Jack, and the upcoming middle-grade novel Monster High/Ever After High: The Legend of Shadow High.
Sunday July 23, 2017 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 4

12:00pm
The Future Is Bleak
All stories require an element of conflict, but some authors see a darker vision than others when they gaze into the future. Panelists Alex R. Kahler (Runebinder), Scott Westerfeld (Spill Zone), Cory Doctorow (Walkaway), Annalee Newitz (Autonomous), and Scott Reintgen (Nyxia) serve as guides to poisoned presents, alternative timeline apocalypses, near and far future dystopias, and other not-so-cheery scenarios with Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy).
Sunday July 23, 2017 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 25ABC

12:00pm
CCI–IFF Award Winners Showcase (Winners and Times TBA)
The films have been shown-now it’s time to award the recipients of the 2017 Comic-Con Independent Film Festival with their trophies and recognition! Comic-Con’sAdam Neese talks to this year’s trio of judges, filmmaker Steve Desmond (writer/director/producer of last year’s CCI-IFF Judges’ Choice award selection, Monsters), Tamiko Brownlee (stunt performer, actress, motion capture actor, fight coordinator, Halo 5: Guardians, True Blood), and cult horror movie favorite Ted Raimi (Spider-Man film series, Ash vs. Evil Dead), about the films and presents prizes and trophies to the winners.
Sunday July 23, 2017 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

1:00pm
Bizarre States
Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News and Mothership) and Andrew Bowser (creative producer/host) take on the weird, wacky, and wonderful world of the paranormal, true crime, occult, and just plain odd. Topics run the gamut from strange news á la “Weird of the Week” to the ongoing feline saga in “Bowser’s Backyard.” Join in as they pull back the curtain on the supernatural, all while they mercilessly make fun of each other.
Sunday July 23, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 6A

1:00pm
Browncoats Meeting Room
Calling all Big Damn Heroes! Come join fellow Firefly fans as the California Browncoats share news of the ‘verse. Wear a cunning hat. Who knows what could happen? There’s no better way to share your love for Firefly, and it’s a lot more practical than starting a fight in an Alliance-friendly bar on U-day.
Sunday July 23, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

1:00pm
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: BBC America Official Panel
Join stars Elijah Wood (Todd Brontzman), Samuel Barnett (Dirk Gently), Hannah Marks (Amanda Brontzman), Jade Eshete (Farah Black), Fiona Dourif (Bart), Mpho Koaho (Ken), and new to season two, Alan Tudyk (Mr. Priest) and Tyler Labine (Sherlock Hobbs) when they descend on Hall H with writer and executive producer Max Landis (Bright) and showrunner Robert Cooper (Stargate Atlantis). Moderated by Kevin Smith, the panel will chat with fans about how everything was connected in season one and provide an exclusive sneak peek at season two. Inspired by Douglas Adams’ (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Doctor Who) acclaimed novel and from the studio of The Walking Dead, WIRED says the BBCA original series “has all the makings of a new cult favorite” and the Hollywood Reporter says it’s “a fun, absurdist story that will have loads of weird twists and turns.” Season one is available to binge on BBCAmerica.com, BBC America App, and On Demand from July 1-31. Season two premieries this fall on BBC AMERICA.
Sunday July 23, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Hall H

1:00pm
What’s Hot in Young Adult Fiction!
Strong protagonists, engrossing romance, humor, action, and deeper questions of identity-that’s what’s hot! Join in for this popular annual Q&A session and chat about the newest titles and trends in YA fiction. Moderated by Nathan Bransford (How To Write a Novel) and featuring Jennifer Armentrout (The Problem with Forever), S. Jae-Jones (Wintersong), Lish McBride (Pyromantic), Brendan Reichs (Nemesis), Beth Revis (Star Wars: Rebel Rising), Jason Reynolds (Long Way Down), Megan Whalen Turner (Thick as Thieves), Kiersten White (And I Darken), and Nicola Yoon (Everything, Everything).
Sunday July 23, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 29AB

1:30pm
Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes
Jack Bender (EP/director, Lost, Under the Dome), Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful), Kelly Lynch (The L Word), Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men, The Practice), and Breeda Wool (UnREAL) discuss their new original series on AT&T Audience Network based on the bestselling Stephen King novel, which follows a demented killer who taunts a retired police detective and the crusade to bring the killer to justice before he is able to strike again.
Sunday July 23, 2017 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Room 8

1:45pm
Image Comics: Your New Favorite Series
What’s your favorite book from Image Comics? Are you ready to meet your next favorite series? Drop in on this panel and listen to Cullen Bunn (Regression), Jim Mahfood (Grrl Scouts), Grace Ellis (Moonstruck), and Shae Beagle (Moonstruck) tell you about their new projects, discuss creating, and recommend favorite comics of their own.
Sunday July 23, 2017 1:45pm – 2:45pm
Room 5AB

2:00pm
Doctor Who: BBC America Official Panel
BBC America’s Doctor Who returns to San Diego Comic-Con for the final Hall H panel with star Peter Capaldi. Fans will have an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special—the final episode starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and written by Emmy Award-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat. Join Peter Capaldi (the Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Michelle Gomez (Missy), writer and actor Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), and showrunner Steven Moffat (Sherlock) for a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick that will celebrate Christmas in July and share one last look back at their time with the iconic global hit series with fans. Watch the entire critically acclaimed new season of Doctor Who now on BBCAmerica.com, BBC America App, and On Demand.
Sunday July 23, 2017 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Hall H

2:00pm
Hanna-Barbera 60th Anniversary
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment salutes the 60th anniversary of legendary Hanna-Barbera Studios with a panel led by artists and writers who worked side by side with the cartoon icons. Join Alan Burnett (The Smurfs), Spike Brandt (Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz), Tony Cervone (Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery), author and animation historian Jerry Beck, and some surprise guests for a look inside the making of The Flintstones, Jonny Quest, The Jetsons, Magilla Gorilla, Hong Kong Phooey, Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines, The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, Top Cat, Wacky Races, The Yogi Bear Show, and more.
Sunday July 23, 2017 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 7AB

2:00pm
Niko and the Sword of Light
Niko and the Sword of Light is based on the motion graphic comic by Imaginism Studios, Inc. (the studio behind character and concept designs for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Men in Black 3) and Studio NX (The Carrot and Rabbit Show, Tree Fu Tom). Executive produced by Rob Hoegee (Generator Rex, League of Super Evil, Storm Hawks, Teen Titans) and animated by Titmouse (Motorcity, Metalocalpyse, Turbo FAST, Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja), Niko and the Sword of Light follows 10-year-old Niko, who is the last of his kind in a strange, fantastical world. He must embark on an epic quest to defeat the darkness and bring the light back to his land. Armed with his magic sword, brave Niko journeys to the Cursed Volcano, making new friends and powerful foes along the way, all while uncovering secrets about his mysterious past. Moderator Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) is joined by the show’s voice talent Kari Wahlgren (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness), Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad!), and Jim Cummings (Shrek), along with Rob Hoegee, Imaginism’s Bobby Chiu, and Studio NX’s Jim Bryson for a special screening of a brand new episode and audience Q&A.
Sunday July 23, 2017 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 24ABC

3:00pm
Diamond Select Toys: Select Figures and More!
President Chuck Terceira, sculptor Jean St. Jean, Gentle Giant’s Adam Van Wickler, and painter Jason Wires discuss DST’s Select action figures, statues, and busts. See previews of toys from Thor: Ragnarok, Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Dark Tower, Ghostbusters, Pacific Rim: Uprising, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Gotham, The Defenders, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, and more! Q&A with prizes, moderated by Zach Oat (ToyFare magazine).
Sunday July 23, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 24ABC

3:00pm
NOTORIUM: Title Announcement with Creator Terry Crews
Making his creative debut in the comic book arena, actor/creator Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Expendables series) presents his new sci-fi miniseries NOTORIUM through studio AHR Visions, LLC. Crews and the creative team will discuss the comic, plans for the property, and the need for expanding reflective diversity within the comics and entertainment multimedia platform.
Sunday July 23, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 6DE

3:00pm
Super Asian America
With live-action versions of Death Note and Ghost in the Shell, Hollywood keeps mining Asian culture for inspiration-while sidelining Asian people. At the same time, series like Into the Badlands and Master of None demonstrate how successful shows with Asian leads can be. The state of Super Asian America in 2017 is assessed by panelists Will Choi (Asian AF), Deric Hughes (The Flash), Angela Kang (The Walking Dead), C. B. Lee (Not Your Sidekick), Lewis Tan (Iron Fist), and Dr. Nancy Yuen (Reel Inequality). Moderated by Racebending.com’s Michael Le.
Sunday July 23, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 29AB

3:00pm
Women Creators Breaking Stereotypes
From Jane Eyre and Little Women to The Hunger Games, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Wonder Woman, female heroes have spurred many discussions. What have creators fought for in the past for their female title characters, and what key ingredients do creators pour into their female leads today? Hear from Genese Davis (The Holder’s Dominion), Michele Wells (DC Comics), Trina Robbins (writer and herstorian), Erin Reynolds (Nevermind), and Leah Hoyer (Telltale Games) as they share their processes for creating female heroes, what they think about when creating a female lead or collaborating on female superheroes, and what they foresee happening to female stereotypes in the future.
Sunday July 23, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 32AB

3:15pm
Buffy Musical: “Once More with Feeling,” an Interactive Whedon Musical
Time to end this show with a bang! The powers that be behind Whedonopolis and Fandom Charities present an interactive screening of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode “Once More with Feeling” as Comic-Con’s big closing event! Many say this is the finest, funniest, most ingenious episode ever to come out of the Buffyverse. But remember, the best part of the show is up to you! This episode was made for talkin’-back, and singing, and shouting, and dancing in the aisles, with or without your dry cleaning! Audience participation: It isn’t just for Rocky Horror and mob riots anymore!
Sunday July 23, 2017 3:15pm – 4:45pm
Room 6BCF

3:45pm
Alien-Predator Extended Universe: The Stories Continue
Editors/authors Jonathan Maberry (Joe Ledger, Aliens: Bug Hunt) and Bryan Thomas Schmidt (Predator: If It Bleeds, The X-Files: Secret Agenda’ s “Border Time”) discuss the expanded universe literature past, present, and future, including their anthologies Aliens: Bug Hunt and Predator: If It Bleeds, with author contributors and New York Times bestsellers Alan Dean Foster, Scott Sigler, and Seanan McGuire. Moderated by Steve Saffel (Titan Books).
Sunday July 23, 2017 3:45pm – 4:45pm
Room 5AB

4:00pm
Moving Beyond the “Strong Female Character”
One-dimensionality is so late-’90s; fans need well-written, fully-developed women in their media. Join Sam Maggs (Wonder Women), Amy S. Foster (The Rift: Uprising), Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die), Jody Houser (Faith, Orphan Black), Jen Bartel (Jem and the Holograms), Alicia Lutes (Nerdist), and Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Red Sonja) as they chat about their favorite lady characters, what could be improved, and how creators can make those changes.
Sunday July 23, 2017 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 32AB

Stay tuned for our full 2017 SDCC coverage in the coming days and weeks!

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SOMA Sailing to Xbox One on December 1

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SOMA (review) will be heading to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of a new safe mode, and we have all the details you need right here!

SOMA Coming to Xbox One with New “Safe Mode”
There’s no need to be concerned. You are always safe…

Isolated, submerged in the ocean’s darkness, chaos has overtaken the halls of PATHOS-II, and the boundaries of humanity strained beyond repair. From Frictional Games, creators of the critically acclaimed Amnesia series, SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of Safe Mode.

Safe Mode introduces an optional new way to play SOMA in the Xbox One and PC releases. Protected from the hostile creatures below, let yourself sink into the mystery and atmosphere of PATHOS-II as you uncover the truth and determine the fate of the station.

SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st and is available to pre-order now. Safe Mode will launch simultaneously as a free update for PC and will be available for PS4 at a later date.

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Thelma Is Fantastic and Now You Can Watch the Opening Scene

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One of this year’s most beautiful and subdued horror films is Joachim Trier’s Thelma (review), which opens in Los Angeles tonight. To give you a bit of what the film is like, The Orchard have released the opening scene, which shows a man and his daughter hunting in the bleak Norwegian winter. When they come across a young deer, the true intentions of this trip become apparent…

Having seen Thelma, I can tell you that it’s truly something special. It’s a slow burn, to be certain, but it plays out gorgeously, resulting in a film that has yet to leave my mind.

Related Story: Exclusive Interview with Thelma’s Joachim Trier

Locations and tickets for Thelma can be found here.

Synopsis:
Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

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Award-Winning The Child Remains Playing Tomorrow at the Blood in the Snow Festival

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The award-winning supernatural thriller The Child Remains, which has been on the festival circuit, is returning to Canada to play tomorrow night at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival in Toronto. Tickets for the screening, which is at 9:30pm, can be found at the festival’s website.

The film has won awards in festivals across Canada as well as Best Foreign Feature at the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival in London, UK.

Described as The Shining meets Rosemary’s Baby meets The Orphanage, the film stars Suzanne Clément, Allan Hawco, Shelley Thompson, and Geza Kovacs. Directed and written by Michael Melski, who co-produced the film alongside Craig Cameron and David Miller, The Child Remains is aiming for a Canadian theatrical release in Spring 2018 and a US theatrical release in October 2018.

Synopsis:
An expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror when they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where unwanted infants and young mothers were murdered. Inspired by the true story of the infamous ‘Butterbox Babies’ and their macabre chapter in Canadian history, The Child Remains is a twisting supernatural thriller that emphasizes story and suspense over shock and gore.

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