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San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Dexter Panel Highlights; Watch the First Two Minutes of Season 7!The “Dexter” Comic-Con panel just ended, and while, per usual, not a lot was revealed about the upcoming Season 7, we did get a peek at the first two minutes of the season opener and a few other choice tidbits to share. Read on for the details – if you don’t mind a few spoilers.

First a “Dexter” fan art contest was revealed. Visit dexterfanart.com for more details on that.

Next the new “Dexter 2: The Game” was mentioned (find out more about that here), and then we saw a sneak peek of the first episode of “Dexter Early Cuts: All in the Family” in which Dexter is stalking someone who ritualistically kills on New Year’s Eve. Good stuff!

Finally we got to the meat of the panel with a quick video recap of Season 6, which led right into the reason we were all there: the first look at Season 7.



Then the panel started with stars Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter, guest star Yvonne Strahovski, showrunner Scott Buck, and producer Wendy West.

All they would tell us about Yvonne’s character, Hannah McKay, is that she’s a woman of mystery with a dark past who helps Dexter with an investigation into an old murder.

What about Deb? Does she finally “know” what’s up now? Jennifer Carpenter said no, she’s taking it one step at a time – one forward, ten back.

What about Dexter becoming more human? Hall said he is learning the darker side of human nature – manipulative, paranoid, self-centered. That was followed by a funny moment when Hall was asked by a fan how he’s like Dexter – he turned to Jennifer Carpenter and asked, “You want to answer that?”

If the theme of Season 6 was spirituality, what about Season 7? Buck said it’s the simplest of all – What are the consequences of love?

Hall was asked if he can explain the appeal of the character to so many people. He said it appeals to people in a lot of different ways, but mostly he thinks it’s that we all have a shadow side we have to hide and manage.

What about Harry (James Remar, who unfortunately wasn’t there)? We’ll see Harry as usual in Season 7 and also in flashbacks to when Dex and Deb were young.

How will Deb evolve this season? Carpenter said she feels lost with no compass. The tables have turned – Dexter is moving with certainty now, and she’s trapped in her own fucking head.

And Dex’s relationship with Harrison? As Harrison becomes more perceptive, the situation becomes dicier. Dexter has to face what he’s trying to pull off as a parent.

Finally, what was Dexter’s most satisfying kill? As expected, Hall said the biggest prize was Trinity. But they’re like his children – he loves them all!

The new season begins September 30th on Showtime. For more in the meantime be sure to visit “Dexter” on Facebook, and follow “Dexter” on Twitter.

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Dexter Panel Highlights; Watch the First Two Minutes of Season 7!

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Dexter Panel Highlights; Watch the First Two Minutes of Season 7!

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Dexter Panel Highlights; Watch the First Two Minutes of Season 7!

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Dexter Panel Highlights; Watch the First Two Minutes of Season 7!

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Dexter Panel Highlights; Watch the First Two Minutes of Season 7!

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Desolation Review: Campers + Lunatic = Simplicity, But Not Always a Better Product

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DesolationStarring Jaimi Page, Alyshia Ochse, Toby Nichols

Directed by Sam Patton


I’m usually all in when it comes to a psycho in the woods flick, but there was just something about Sam Patton’s Desolation that seemed a bit distant for me…distance…desolation – I’m sure there’s a connection in there somewhere. Either that or I’m suffering from a minor case of sleep-deprivation. Either way, make sure you’ve got your backpack stuffed, cause we’re hitting the timber-lands for this one.

The film focuses on mother and son tandem Abby and Sam, and the tragic notion that Abby’s love and father to her son, has passed away. The absence has been a crippling one, and Abby’s idea of closure is to take her adolescent offspring to the woods where her husband used to love to run and scatter his ashes as a memorial tribute. Abby invites her best friend Jenn along as emotional support, and together all three are planning on making this trip a fitting and dedicatory experience…until the mystery man shows up. Looking like a member of the Ted Kaczynski clan (The Unabomber himself), this creepy fellow seems content to simply watch the threesome, and when he ultimately decides to close the distance, it’ll be a jaunt in the forest that this close-knit group will never forget.

So there you have it – doesn’t beg a long, descriptive, bled-out dissertation – Patton tosses all of his cards on the table in plain view for the audience to scan at their leisure. While the tension is palpable at times, it’s the equivalent of watching someone stumble towards the edge of a cliff, and NEVER tumble over…for a long time – you literally watch them do the drunken two-step near the lip for what seems like an eternity. What I’m getting at is that the movie has the bells and whistles to give white-knucklers something to get amped about, yet it never all seems to come into complete focus, or allow itself to spread out in such a way that you can feel satisfied after the credits roll. If I may harp on the performance-aspect for a few, it basically broke down this way for me: both Abby and Jenn’s characters were well-displayed, making you feel as if you really were watching long-time besties at play. Sam’s character was a bit tough to swallow, as he was the sadder-than-sad kid due to his father’s absence, but JEEZ this kid was a friggin malcontented little jerk – all I can say is “role well-played, young man.”

As we get to our leading transient, kook, outsider – whatever you want to call him: he simply shaved down into a hum-drum personality – no sizzle here, folks. Truly a disappointment for someone who was hoping for an enigmatic nutbag to terrorize our not-so-merry band of backpackers – oh well, Santa isn’t always listening, I guess. Simplicity has its place and time when displaying the picture-perfect lunatic, and before everyone gets a wild hair across their ass because of what I’m saying, all this is was the wish to have THIS PARTICULAR psycho be a bit more colorful – I can still appreciate face-biters like Hannibal Lecter and those of the restrained lunacy set. Overall, Desolation is one of those films that had all the pieces meticulously set in place, like a house of cards…until that drunk friend stumbled into the table, sending everything crumbling down. A one-timer if you can’t find anything else readily available to watch.

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New 78/52 Clip Showers Off

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To celebrate the UK DVD release of the Psycho doc 78/52, we have a brand spanking new clip for you cats to go crazy over. Watch it quick; you don’t want to keep Mother waiting!

The flick, from director Alexandre O. Phillipe, features interviews with Walter Murch, Peter Bogdanovich, Guillermo del Toro, Jamie Lee Curtis, Osgood Perkins, Danny Elfman, Eli Roth, Elijah Wood, Bret Easton Ellis, Marli Renfro – body double for Janet Leigh in Psycho, Karyn Kusama, Neil Marshall, Richard Stanley, and many more.

An unprecedented look at the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, the ‘Man behind the Curtain’, and the screen murder that profoundly changed the course of world cinema, 78/52 references the number of set-ups (78) and the number of cuts (52) in the shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. One entire week out of the four weeks scheduled to shoot Psycho — a full quarter of the film’s production schedule — was dedicated to the infamous shower scene.

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Joel David Moore to Write and Direct the Remake of Hit Korean Film Hide and Seek

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Joel David Moore is an actor we all know from his roles in James Cameron’s Avatar and Adam Green’s original Hatchet film. But did you know he also co-directed Adam Green’s psychological thriller Spiral? Well, he did and now the man is stepping back behind the camera for CJ Entertainment’s upcoming remake of the 2013 Korean Movie Hide and Seek.

Moore will write an adapted feature English-language screenplay for Hide and Seek in addition to directing the film. The original Korean version was written and directed by Huh Jung.

“Hide and Seek is a sharp, sophisticated thriller that created a lasting imprint on me,” said Joel David Moore. “I wanted to explore what could happen if we retold this story to an American audience, using the tools from the original story. We found a rich and complex world, relevant to our current race, class and power struggles we’re seeing here in America. I’m excited to partner with CJ Entertainment, perfect partners on this journey.”

CJ Entertainment is developing, financing and producing the film.

We’ll let you know when we hear more!

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Based on a phenomenon that actually happens, the film centers on a man searching for his long-lost brother stumbles upon a secret world of squatters living in the homes of unsuspecting tenants – a revelation that becomes all the more menacing when his home becomes the next target.

Hide and Seek is a social horror-thriller that builds upon themes related to the widening gap between the upper 1% and the lower class. As the population in urban areas balloon and real estate prices skyrocket, lower-income segments of society are finding themselves continually getting pushed out. This film explores the question of “what if” when those left marginalized decide to take matters, and homes, into their own hands.

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