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To kick off the week, we have an on-set interview with Doug Fick, art director of “The Walking Dead”. Check it out along with a new behind-the-scenes video from the show’s upcoming third season.

In this Q&A Fick discusses how he enhances the scare factor of his sets, why zombies are scarier than vampires, and lots more!

Q: You designed sets for “The Walking Dead” Seasons 1 and 2. How is Season 3 comparing?

A: Season 1 was pretty chaotic. We were working on a really large scale… Last year we were really just on the farm and in the forest so we weren’t building a whole lot… And then this year it’s been a huge build basically. It’s a different show altogether… I think this year has been the most challenging so far.

Q: What’s been the most fun?

A: This season has been the most fun. It’s been a great year that way. The process has occurred under two production designers. Greg Melton, who was our production designer for the first half of the first season and all of last year, began the process before we finished last year really. He started scouting and starting doing some conceptual work. And then Graham “Grace” Walker came in, and we began work in the end of January, beginning of February and began building almost immediately. So we were designing just barely ahead of the building process.

Q: You guys are building one of your main sets on a studio lot. What are the challenges to that?

A: A lot of the process was driven by sort of the realities of the site we have here at the studio, which has really banal, boxy metal buildings that are not much to look at and don’t look particularly intimidating. So we had to adjust to that reality. We couldn’t cover them completely, and kind of the way to deal with that was to treat the [set] as something that had evolved over time so that it has a part that’s really old, maybe something from the beginning of the twentieth century, and newer parts that have been built up over the years, maybe up into the ’70s and ’80s.

Doug Fick, The Walking Dead Art Director

Q: How important is trying to enhance the scare factor of the sets?

A: That was sort of a priority… So we’ve magnified the decrepitude of things. Psychologically it makes more sense since there’s a zombie apocalypse. We kind of fast-forward the decay is what it amounts to… We’ve also created sort of connective spaces like a hallway, and a boiler room in particular is probably our best set in some ways that are scary in that they have a lot of stuff in them and a lot of corners to creep around. There are just a lot of ways that camera angle and lighting can really accentuate that scariness.

Q: You guys are shooting 45 days in a small town in Georgia. That’s a lot…

A: It is, and people have been very amenable to it. And we’ve been a good thing in general for the town. We’ve brought a lot of business and we’ve been good neighbors and we try to be honest with people about what the process is going to involve.

Q: You worked on “The Vampire Diaries” so say honestly: Which are scarier? Vampires or zombies?

A: [Laughs] I think zombies are inherently [scarier] because the notion is that everyone becomes one. That you can’t escape that fate. I think the idea of losing your consciousness that way to me is a really scary thing… And I think there’s a degree of sexiness to vampires that doesn’t exist with zombies.

Q: So you guys aren’t going to try to sex up the zombies on “The Walking Dead”?

A: I think that’s where we might jump the shark.

Q: As a set designer, what would you look for to create the ultimate anti-zombie fort?

A: See, I’d put it on an island. That’d be the first thing I’d do. I think that would be the best kind of protection, although I guess they could float across.

To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit “The Walking Dead” on Facebook. For more be sure to hit up the official “The Walking Dead” page on AMCtv.com.

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Exclusive: Rocky Gray Talks Halloween Horror Anthology 10/31

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The last time we gave you guys word on the upcoming Halloween horror anthology 10/31 was to bring you the knock-out exclusive official poster, which you can peep to your left (click for a higher-res version).

The new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S and Creepshow joins an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is executive produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

The film’s stories are directed by the likes of Justin M. Seaman (The Barn), Zane Hershberger (Devilution), John William Holt (The Dooms Chapel Horror), Brett DeJager (Bonejangles) and Rocky Gray making his directing debut.

This past weekend we were able to catch up with producer-director Rocky Gray and ask him a few choice questions about the anticipated upcoming anthology film.

You can check out our quick interview below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are to check out 10/31 in the comments below!

Dread Central: How is the film coming along?

Rocky Gray: The film is now completed and we are getting the perks out to our Indiegogo backers. The backers and Death By Festival got to see the first cut of the film in October and they loved it so we’re very excited to get the film out to everyone else very soon.

DC: What can expect from this anthology?

RG: Expect to have a lot of Halloween themed fun. Each segment has its own flavor so the pacing and the look change throughout the film. With masked killers, vampires, scarecrows, tricksters and old hags there’s something for everyone.

DC: Will there be a sequel?

RG: If there was a demand for it we would make it happen!

Sounds good to us. Thanks for chatting with us, Rocky!

You can become a fan of the film on Facebook HERE.

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A Halloween treat bag of all the things that go bump in the night. From masked killers to scarecrows, witches, and tricksters. There’s a scare for everyone in this anthology of horror and the macabre from the creators of The Barn and Volumes of Blood.

Red Letter Entertainment, Inc. brings you the directorial debut from Rocky Gray (composer of The Barn, Killing Floor 2), two-time Grammy-winning musician and former drummer for Evanescence. A new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S/ and Creepshow brings an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is Executive Produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

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The Duffer Brothers Have Begun Working on Stranger Things 3

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I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of the first season of Netflix and The Duffer Brothers’ “Stranger Things” to tell you the truth. That said, I absolutely loved the second season (read our reviews HERE).

It is with this in mind that we are all looking forward to “Stranger Things 3”.

Recently Deadline reported that at Vulture Festival LA the Duffer Brothers, producer Shawn Levy, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Reiser, and Linnea Berthelsen talked about season two and teased season three.

“We are [in] very early days on season three, and we’re still figuring it out,” Ross Duffer said, before taking a beat, then adding: “I probably wasn’t supposed to say that. That’s not official; that wasn’t an official announcement — we’re just working on it, just for our own amusement… for fun!”

Whatever.

We all know at this point that there is going to be a “Stranger Things 3” and that The Duffer Brothers will one day begin working on it. Don’t worry so much, Ross Duffer.

After all, your brother already let us know that season three will begin after a time jump:

“Even if we wanted to hop into the action faster, we couldn’t,” says Matt Duffer. “Our kids are aging. We can only write and produce the show so fast. They’re going to be almost a year older by the time we start shooting season three. It provides certain challenges. You can’t start right after season two ended. It forces you to do a time jump. It’s a long way of saying that yeah, we’re going to do a time jump.”

What did you think of “Stranger Things 2”? Did you dig it more (or less) than season one? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

“Stranger Things 2” is currently streaming on Netflix.

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It’s 1984, and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana, are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down, but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

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James Cameron’s Terminator Reboot/Sequel Hires Screenwriter

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The last word we brought you guys on producer James Cameron and Deadpool-director Tim Miller’s new Terminator film was when we let you know that Paramount had set the film’s release date for July 26, 2019.

Today we have news via The Wrap that the studio is bringing in screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) to pen the movie’s script based on a story crafted by Cameron.

You may remember that Cameron and Miller created a writers room a while back to plan out an all-new trilogy of films, but while that writer’s room included David Goyer, Charles Eglee, and Josh Friedman, it seems like Ray will be the first film’s sole writer. For now.

Story details are, of course, being kept under wraps, but Cameron and Miller are treating the new movie as a direct sequel to Cameron’s T2: Judgment Day.

“This is a continuation of the story from ‘Terminator 1’ and ‘Terminator 2.’ And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream,” Cameron told THR. “Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”

We also know that Cameron plans to center the new film/trilogy around a new group of younger characters, who will eventually carry on the baton as it were.

“A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters,” Cameron said. “We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it.”

How excited are you for James Cameron’s new Terminator flick? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social mdeia!

The new Terminator film is produced by James Cameron and will be directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool). The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.

Terminator 2.5 is expected to hit July 26, 2019.

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