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“The Walking Dead” hit Comic-Con in full force on Friday the 13th, and while everyone was as tight-lipped as ever about the upcoming season, we came away with enough tidbits of info to ensure that we’ll be planted firmly in front of our TVs when Season 3 debuts on October 14th.

We were able to chat with all the major players – showrunner Glen Mazzara; executive producer Gale Anne Hurd; co-executive producer/special makeup effects artist Greg Nicotero; comics creator Robert Kirkman; returning stars Andrew Lincoln, Lauren Cohan, Stephen Yeun, Norman Reedus, and Laurie Holden; and newcomers Danai Gurira and David Morrissey.

Mazzara was asked what he’s most excited about in Season 3, and he answered, “The whole thing, promising they have a “great, tight story to tell.” Of course the return of Michael Rooker’s Merle was brought up and whether or not having him back might in any way diminish the intensity of Morrissey’s Governor, but Mazzara assured us there’s no comparison really between the two men. Reedus added, “Merle is a powerful, strong character, while Mazzara elaborated that all of the show’s characters are “well defined and strong.

While we had Reedus at our table, the new Merle/Daryl prequel video game from Activision was brought up, but he hasn’t started working on it yet and couldn’t shed any new light on the storyline.

Andrew Lincoln shared a bit about Rick’s evolution: “This season is a radical change… he has realized he is moving toward Shane’s uncompromising, brutal decision-making.” As a result of the events that ended Season 2, Carl and Rick will have a massive readjustment in their relationship and within the group as a whole. Carl is “more of a solider than a son.

After so many years creating zombies, we wondered how Nicotero is keeping things fresh on “The Walking Dead”, and luckily in Season 3 he doesn’t have to work too hard at it since in the prison setting there are plenty of spooky corridors to keep viewers on edge. He called it a real “House of Horrors.

As for everyone’s favorite couple – Glenn and Maggie (Yeun and Cohan) – as much as Maggie may have wanted Glenn to stay closer to home during Season 2, we can now look forward to them joining forces and going on runs together. And she won’t be clashing with the other women in the group either; they are more of a family than anything else.

Kirkman told us that this season will once again be split into two parts of eight episodes each with about the same amount of time between the two halves as we had to endure in Season 2. But the good news is he’s writing at least two of the upcoming season’s episodes: the mid-season finale (which everyone agreed is going to blow us away) and an episode in the back half.

At last we got a turn with Holden, Gurira, and Morrissey. The two women discussed the genuine love and mutual respect that grows between their two characters. Dale was a father figure for her and Shane a mentor, but after Amy died, Andrea really didn’t have anyone to turn to, but now, with Michonne, she has a true friend.

Morrissey was asked how closely the Governor of the TV series mirrors the Governor of the comics, and he said that while they do differ a bit, his portrayal is definitely “in the spirit of” the comics. And no, he hasn’t read them all, but he did read Kirkman’s Rise of the Governor, which gave him a perfect feel for the character.

And now, here’s what we know you’ve been waiting for – the full official “Comic-Con” trailer for Season 3:

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 AMC.com.

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Make a Date with The Walking Dead Season Three

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Toy Fair 2018: Funko’s Savage World Turns Horror Icons Into Masters of the Universe Characters

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What would happen if classic horror icons existed within the world of the Masters of the Universe franchise? That’s a question Funko have answered with their new ‘Savage World’ line of action figures, which depicts horror characters including Leatherface, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Pinhead as they would look had they been birthed into the world of Castle Grayskull alongside He-Man and Skeletor. Funko have given us some pretty weird shit over the years, but this is on a whole other level.

Thanks to Bloody Disgusting, Preternia, Popvinyls.com, and the Twitter account @FakeEyes22, we are able to share some images of these testosterone-fueled slasher figures, which were on display at the New York Toy Fair. There’s currently no word on when these musclebound monstrosities will be hitting stores, but I’m willing to bet that one look at the gallery below will instantly have you counting your change.

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Death Confirmed to Be Part of Bill & Ted 3

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Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal introduced the world to a version of death that has since become iconic. A dark force, the Grim Reaper is willing to give people a chance to reclaim their souls should they best it in a game. While this incarnation is truly magnificent, I believe that many people will recognize the parody version that William Sadler brought to life in Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, the 1991 sequel that saw Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves’ characters die and face the awkward spirit.

Nearly three decades later, fans of the Bill & Ted series are awaiting a third film, which has been known to be in the works for quite a while. Dubbed Bill & Ted Face the Music, it’s been written by Ed Solomon (Men in Black), who recently took to Twitter to confirm that the scythe-wielding ghoul is in the film and that he hopes William Sadler reprises the role! Solomon is also the man responsible for writing the first two films as well as the animated series “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventures” and the 1991 video game Bill & Ted’s Excellent Video Game Adventure.

At this point, it’s all just speculation as to if a third film will ever be made. However, nearly every single party involved is ready to make this a reality, so all it needs is a studio to pony up the money!


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Doug Jones Would Love to Return as Billy Butcherson in Hocus Pocus 2

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“Wench! Trollop! You buck-toothed, mop-riding, firefly from hell!”

One of my favorite horror movies as a kid was Hocus Pocus, co-written by Mick Garris (The Stand, Sleepwalkers). The film has only grown more precious in my eyes as I’ve grown up due to its utter love of all things Halloween.

If you haven’t seen it (for some reason) think of it as a combination of Rob Zombie’s Lords of Salem and Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat… but, you know, a kid’s Disney movie version.

However you choose to describe the awesomeness that is Hocus Pocus, you have to admit that the film is primed for a sequel. And recently we heard word that a TV sequel is on the way, but no one seems to be too happy about that.

Well, except Doug Jones.

For those who might not know, Doug Jones is – oh, whatever, all of you know who Doug Jones is – but you might not know that in addition to playing such iconic roles as The Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth, Abe Sapien in Hellboy, and the creature in The Shape of Water, Jones played Billy Butcherson in Hocus Pocus.

In a recent interview with Digital Spy, Jones spoke a bit about Hocus Pocus 2 and his desire to return to his much-loved role as Billy Butcherson.

“There was talk about doing a ’20 years later’ sequel that I would have been involved with,” he told the site. “I was actually approached and asked about that. I would love to reprise Billy Butcherson.”

Sweet! So does this mean the that a “20 years later” official sequel might still happen?

“It’s not off the table,” he said. “The news article that I read about this TV movie sounds like… I’m not sure if it’s a reboot or if it is that ’20 years later’ sequel. It was grey about what the storyline was. So I’m just going to keep my knees bent and be ready in case they call.”

Nice! To finish it all up, Jones then went on to say this about the original film:

“It only grows in popularity every year,” said Jones. “I did not see that coming, that 24 years later it would be more popular now than it’s ever been! That’s crazy for a movie to do!”

I agree! Hocus Pocus is one of those rare movies that almost everyone I know enjoys. Sure some people are a little hesitant to share their love of the film, but those of us who don’t care about such things as digging a cool kid’s horror movie, we share the love when and where ever we can. Case in point, if you have never seen Hocus Pocus, do so tonight! Trust me, you’ll thank us.

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After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.

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