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New Archie Horror Series Vampironica Is Out for Blood!

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Vampironica is a new Archie Horror series launching in March from Greg and Megan Smallwood that we first heard about back in 2015 at the SDCC, and knowing what a big fan base the series has – plus the fact that American Werewolf in London and Fright Night were big influences on the writers, we thought we’d share the latest info on what’s in store for us come spring!

Here are the details of the series, including a look at all the various covers to be had.

From the Press Release:
She’s beautiful. She’s deadly. She’s Vampironica!

Greg and Megan Smallwood are bringing a new terror to the streets of Riverdale as Veronica Lodge is bitten by a centuries-old vampire in a new Archie Horror series launching this March – VAMPIRONICA.

After being turned, will Veronica’s new-found thirst for blood turn Riverdale into a haven for the undead, or will she put an end to the vampire threat herself? The team of Greg (co-writer, artist) and Megan Smallwood (co-writer) and letterer Jack Morelli are set to turn Riverdale red in the latest twisted take on the classic Archie Comics characters.

“Fans can rest assured that we’ll be staying faithful to the core of these characters,” said co-writer Greg Smallwood. “It was very important to Megan and I that Vampironica be the same Veronica that we all know and love, only now with fangs.”

“Greg and I were both very interested in exploring the concept of a vampire Veronica without getting rid of what makes Veronica such a special character,” said co-writer Megan Smallwood. “Ironically, Vampironica humanizes Veronica in a way that only horror can. Becoming a vampire is a humbling experience for her, and she’s forced to open up and expose a little vulnerability.”

The new series will explore how Veronica adapts to her new place as one of Riverdale’s freshest members of the undead while drawing influence from classic horror films.

“I’d say that our biggest influences are American Werewolf in London and Fright Night. Both films can be quite horrific, but there’s also a lot of strong characterization and humor to them,” said Greg. “I think horror works best with a small dose of comedy for levity so we’ve used the same formula on Vampironica.”

“Veronica Lodge is not the kind of girl to join any ranks, let alone vampire ranks. True to form, Veronica instead relies on her own gut instincts,” said Megan. “They haven’t let her down in life, and they won’t let her down as she navigates the surreal world of the undead.”

VAMPIRONICA #1 launches in comic shops and on digital platforms March 14, 2018, and features variant covers by Francesco Francavilla, Audrey Mok, Djibril Morrissette-Phan, and Marguerite Sauvage.

Synopsis:
When Veronica is bitten by a centuries-old vampire, her thirst for blood threatens to turn Riverdale into a haven for the undead. Will she put an end to the vampire threat or give in to her bloodlust?

CVR A Reg: Greg Smallwood

CVR B Var: Francesco Francavilla

CVR C Var: Audrey Mok

CVR D Var: Djibril Morrissette-Phan

CVR E Var: Marguerite Sauvage

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Let’s Talk About the Future of Friday the 13th

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C.J. Graham

While we all sit around and wait for rights issues and what not to resolve so we can get another entry in the Friday the 13th series, maybe we should just keep looking ahead ourselves and asking any and everyone what they think the should lie in the future.

Well, Daily Dead agrees and recently had a talk with C.J. Gramham (Jason from Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives) about just that, and he had some interesting thoughts.

I don’t get into the politics,” Graham said. “But as an arm to a quarterback, looking at the series, I’m hoping that in the future—when they may go ahead and start shooting one, two, or three of them—they do it sequentially, utilizing the same Jason and similarities between the directors and the writers, so the scripts have some continuity.”

He continues: “I also think they should definitely rebuild the iconic image of Jason into something that nobody has ever seen because it’s ready for that consistency, similar to the Harry Potter series. There was a formula that started, they stayed with the formula, they stayed true to the formula, and look at what it’s become.”

What do you think of C.J. Graham’s ideas about the future of the Friday the 13th series? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives:

Years ago, Tommy Jarvis (Thom Mathews) killed infamous hockey-masked murderer Jason Voorhees (C.J. Graham), and the intensity of the experience has landed him in a mental institution. To end his torment and achieve a level of closure, Tommy escapes from the hospital and heads to the graveyard where Jason is buried, intending to dig up the body and cremate it. But, before this total annihilation can occur, a freak electrical accident resurrects Jason from the dead, and the terror begins anew.

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Fred Ward Joins Kevin Bacon in Tremors TV Series?

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There seems to be a lot of Tremors love floating around lately as not only do we have a new film on the way called Tremors: Cold Day in Hell, but we also have Tremors: The TV Series starring Kevin Bacon coming soon as well.

And speaking of the Kevin Bacon Tremors: The TV Series, today we have a rumor via TremorsGuide that Fred Ward will be joining in on the Graboid fun along with Bacon.

The news (rumor) comes from a tweet director Richard Clark (Outlander, Doctor Who) posted the other day where he says, “Universal shooting 8-part TV Tremors this summer with Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward! I’m begging to direct! Scripts a lot of fun.”

This is by no means anything close to confirmation that the new series will feature the return of Fred Ward, but Clark is within “the inner circle” as it were and that counts for something!

We’ll let you know as soon as we hear anything concrete on Ward’s involvement with the series but until then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Tremors: The TV Series is headed our way courtesy of Jason Blum’s Blumhouse TV and Universal Cable Prods. It’s written by Andrew Miller and stars Kevin Bacon.

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The killer Graboid worms that nearly destroyed Perfection, NV, 25 years ago are back; and the town’s only hope for survival is Valentine McKee (Bacon), who beat them once. But to do it again he’ll have to overcome age, alcohol, and a delusional hero complex.

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Rest in Peace: WWE Legend Bruno Sammartino

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11 Years. 4,040 Days total. That’s how long wrestling legend Bruno Sammartino held his two WWWF titles combined under the watchful eye of Vince McMahon, Sr. The promotion would eventually become known as the WWF and now the WWE. His first title reign of 2,803 days remains a record, and I doubt anyone will ever break it. Hell, I doubt anyone will ever even come close. It was a different time. Some would say a better time.

It is with a truly heavy heart that we report that after some recent health complications, Sammartino has passed on at age 82 at his Pittsburgh home.

Sammartino did it all in his career, from in-ring action to color commentator. In 2012 he turned to acting and appeared in John (Night of the Living Dead) Russo’s 2013 film The Mob Boss and the Soul Singer, starring alongside Chuck Corby, Quiet Storm, and Debbie Rochon.

He’ll always be known as “The Living Legend” to fans, even after his passing. His legacy will continue to live on, as will his mythos. There was no one like him, and there likely never will be again. We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to offer our sincerest of condolences to Bruno’s family, friends, and constituents.

Bless you, sir. Rest easy.

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