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It’s not official yet, but thanks to some words from David Morrissey, the actor playing the dreaded Governor in Season 3 of “The Walking Dead”, we can be fairly confident the series is heading to this year’s SDCC. Now if only the powers-that-be would put them in Hall H!

During a recent chat with TV Guide Magazine, the actor was asked what he’s most looking forward to about joining “The Walking Dead” and said, “It’s the right show at the right time. My family will be joining me in Atlanta. I’ve known Andrew Lincoln [Rick] from around London; we have mutual friends. And I get to go to Comic-Con.

Be sure to hit up that link for a bit more from Morrissey on how’s he’s preparing for the role.

Now, switching gears a bit, here’s a Q&A with “The Walking Dead” Season 3 Location Manager Mike Riley about what makes the South well suited for horror and where he’d go if the world ended.

Q&A with The Walking Dead Location Manager Mike Riley

Q: What’s been the most challenging location to secure for “The Walking Dead” thus far?

A: The problem we’ve run into is our writers are in Los Angeles, and they’re sitting inside a building somewhere making this stuff up, and a lot of what they write may not be physically possible to do in the area of the state that we’re in.

Q: Can you think of a specific example?

A: There was an upcoming script where the writer wanted this river where it was dangerous to ford. Well, that doesn’t exist here.

Q: Does the principle work in reverse, where you find unexpected locations near where you’re filming?

A: During the first season…when [the cast] found themselves at the quarry, you assume they went out of town. Well, it just so happens that quarry was 15 minutes from our stages where we were based for the first season, which was in Atlanta. It was a place I knew about from when I was a kid.

Q: The water looks pretty picturesque. Did you used to swim there?

A: My father had a business that dealt with industrial equipment, and I used to work for him in the summers delivering mechanical parts to different customers. That’s how I remembered the quarry. I didn’t go swimming there. We had a swimming hole closer to my house that we used.

Q: You’ve been the location manager for several films set in the South: O, Brother Where Art Thou, Sweet Home Alabama… What does that part of the country offer that’s unique?

A: The South has a mystique about it. It’s sort of a foreign country to a lot of people. [Laughs] They’ve been shooting films here for a long time, going back to Deliverance back in the early ’70s. And a result of that is that they built a very extensive crew base, support, vendors, and all sorts of equipment… But it also has to do with the scripts. I can’t tell you how often I get a call where someone says, “Can I shoot Atlanta for L.A.?” and I go, “No.” [Laughs]

Q: You could maybe shoot the traffic…

A: Yeah, if you need a tight shot of a bunch of people sitting on the freeway.

Q: As someone who finds ideal locations professionally: Where would you go in the event of a zombie apocalypse?

A: I’m kind of with T-Dog and the rest of them when they say let’s go to the coast. I’d rather be down at the beach than in the city or maybe up in the mountains where you could build a fortress. But a prison sounds like as good a place as any. It seems like you could be pretty secure there.

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Freddy’s Greatest Hits Vinyl Re-issue Is a Must-Own

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Strange Disc Records has just announced that it will be releasing “Freddy’s Greatest Hits – The Elm Street Group” on vinyl starting this Wednesday with pre-orders expected to ship in January 2018.

Not only that but Mondo announced they will be releasing an exclusive variant pressed on “Freddy Sweater” striped vinyl. This LP from Mondo is limited to 400 and will cost you $25.

For those who might not know, “Freddy’s Greatest Hits” was originally released in 1987. The record contains nine tracks (covers, originals, and instrumentals) with Robert Englund doing the voice of Freddy over the top.

I don’t know about you but this has just made my list of must-own items. But I’d prefer an original copy. That said an original copy is probably hundreds of buck on eBay as opposed to this version for a mere $25 bucks. Not bad.

You can check out the full track listing and a sample song below. Then make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’ll be snagging a copy in the comments below!

Track Listing

1. “Do The Freddy”
Freddy and the Dreamers cover, as well as a parody.
The lyrics were changed to fit Freddy Krueger persona and elements

2. “Obsession”
original song

3. “Wooly Bully”
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs cover.
Freddy (Robert Englund) provides the opening lyrics.

4. “Don’t Sleep”
original song

5. “In The Midnight Hour”
Wilson Pickett cover

6. “All I Have To Do Is Dream”
Everly Brothers cover

7. “Dance or Else”
original song

8. “Down in the Broiler Room”
original song

9. “Elm Street Dreams”
original song

Pre-orders begin Wednesday, November 22.

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That is One Gigantic Steampunk Squid…

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Perhaps one of the greatest sci-fi adventures novels ever written, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a landmark book, one that was decades ahead of its time. The story follows the crew of the Nautilus, a submarine commanded by Captain Nemo, as they venture in search of a giant sea monster. It was the basis for several film adaptations and the character of Captain Nemo played a pivotal role in the graphic novel series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

So why am I bringing this up, you ask? Because Tor Books is releasing Nemo Rising, a sequel, this Christmas! Written by C. Courtney Joyner, the story once again follows Nemo, although this book sees him a prisoner that must be pardoned by President Ulysses S. Grant in order to face an onslaught of more sea monsters.

Normally, I wouldn’t bother you all with this, but I happen to have a soft spot in my heart for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the cover art for the book is fucking epic! I’ve always been a fan of cephalopods, and I’ve found the steampunk aesthetic to be pretty fascinating. Combine them both along with giant monsters, and you damn well better believe that I’m 100% into it! Plus, it’s wrapped itself around the Nautilus, which is already a giant vessel, so now I’m wondering just how large these mechanical monstrosities are…

Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26, 2017.

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Sea monsters are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast. Enraged that his Navy is helpless against this onslaught and facing a possible World War as a result, President Ulysses S. Grant is forced to ask for assistance from the notorious Captain Nemo, in Federal prison for war crimes and scheduled for execution.

Grant returns Nemo’s submarine, the infamous Victorian Steampunk marvel Nautilus, and promises a full Presidential pardon if Nemo hunts down and destroys the source of the attacks. Accompanied by the beautiful niece of Grant’s chief advisor, Nemo sets off under the sea in search of answers. Unfortunately, the enemy may be closer than they realize…

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Filming On Blumhouse’s Halloween Pushed to January

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Looks like filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween from Danny McBride and David Gordon Green has been pushed back a few months.

Not a huge deal, though. Only till January.

Filming on Halloween (2018) was supposed to begin this October (natch) but now it seems the film still has some cast to fill out.

The news comes to us via a South Carolina casting agency, The Island Packet, who are still seeking extras for the new film. In fact, if you are from the South Carolina area, you can be an extra in the film. Just click the link above for more details.

I wish I lived in or around South Carolina because being in this new Halloween would be a f*cking dream come true. If you’re in the area, get on it. You owe it to the rest of us! Haha?

How excited would you be to be an extra in this new Halloween? Let us know below!

Blumhouse’s Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer and is executive produced and scored by John Carpenter.

Halloween (2018) hits theaters Oct. 19, 2018.

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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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