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San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Supernatural Interviews Shed Some Light on Season 8Now that the “Supernatural” panel has moved to Comic-Con’s Hall H, it’s much harder to get inside. But we didn’t have to wait in line for the goods on Season 8 – we were able to sit down and chat with the cast and crew of the show and have the answers you seek right here.

First up was executive producer Jeremy Carver, who is returning to the show as new co-showrunner (with Robert Singer) after spending the last two years on Syfy’s “Being Human” with his wife, Anna Fricke. He’ll have with him the same staff of writers and directors as last year, except Sera Gamble, whom he’s replacing. What he’s most looking forward to is telling the story in a different way.

We’ll have lots of flashbacks filling in what happened while Sam and Dean were separated for the past year or so (they will have been reunited already when the season opens). And he’s enjoying revisiting the brothers – they’ve matured and become different people.

The theme of this season is about the quest Sam and Dean embark upon. “This time it’s personal” and ties back to the earlier days of the show. The arc for the season leads into plans for future seasons as well; the mythology is “planting things.

As for his favorite “monster of the week” this year, it has something to do with vampires who enjoy boating. (Which is pretty hilarious because during the “Being Human” panel, in a totally unrelated tangent they went off on, the subject of “vampirates” came up.)

Jared Padalecki joined us next, and of course the first thing he did was show off a picture he received this morning from home of his new baby boy. Awww. He’s excited that although they’re together again at the start, Sam and Dean have individual stories this year with separate flashbacks of Dean in Purgatory and Sam walking away from the life with no guilt but then being dragged back into it.

His new love interest who’s being introduced in Episode 3 (which is directed by Jensen Ackles) has also experienced a loss, and Sam finally finds someone he can tell about his past. He comes out of the darkness a bit and approaches the job he and Dean take on at the beginning of the season as his last.

Mark Sheppard couldn’t tell us much about what’s in store for the King of Hell, but he did say this is an exciting and interesting time with the new showrunner on board. Best of all, everyone knows they can’t kill Crowley – no one would believe it anyway! The only downside to the character is we can’t have him around too much since it’s a hero show.

Misha Collins told us that the mystery of where Castiel went at the end of Season 7 is resolved fairly quickly (he first shows up again in Episode 2), and we’ll learn more via the flashbacks. He may have had his own agenda, or he may have been trying to protect Dean. When asked if we’ll see more of him this year than last, all he could say was “I hope so!

Jensen Ackles (running on no sleep, having worked until 4:30 AM and then hopping on a plane at 8:00 AM to get to San Diego in time for the 11:15 AM “Supernatural” panel) described the episode he’s directing as a bit of one-off.

As for the changes in the brothers since last year, Dean has returned with clarity and understands his purpose is to do what he does best whereas Sam wants to find Kevin and learn answers to the bigger picture. This shift in Dean gives him a purpose, and constantly reinventing the character like the writers do helps him as an actor. Speaking of the writers, the episode he’s directing was written by Eugenie Ross-Leming (who is Robert Singer’s wife) and Brad Buckner.

Next we spoke with Jim Beaver, who joked he’s planning to make “a sequel to that abominable snowman movie” (which is a reference to his numerous tweets about filming an unnamed abominable snowman movie in the mountains of British Columbia when, in fact, he was shooting “Supernatural”). We wondered if Bobby might be in Purgatory with Dean, but he only said, “That would be a lovely idea.” He doesn’t know exactly where ghosts go in the world of the show, but the powers-that-be are very good at explaining away inconsistencies so he could be anywhere.

What he enjoys about playing Bobby is “his drive to beat whatever evil is out there.” And even though everything the character has been through has been a delight to play, being vengeful was a lot of fun. As for if and when we might next see him in Season 8, all we got out of him is that “hope springs eternal!

We closed out the interviews with writer/consulting producer Ben Edlund, who’s been responsible for some of the show’s most unique and unconventional episodes, including last season’s fan favorite meta installment “The French Mistake”, which he said we could possibly see another permutation of this year. He’d like to do more absurdist throw-away episodes and maybe delve more into the angels, whom he sees as having “diseased caretaker status” over and separate from the rest of humanity.

Look for “Supernatural” to return to The CW on Wednesday, October 3rd.

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Supernatural Interviews Shed Some Light on Season 8

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Supernatural Interviews Shed Some Light on Season 8

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Supernatural Interviews Shed Some Light on Season 8

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Supernatural Interviews Shed Some Light on Season 8

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Supernatural Interviews Shed Some Light on Season 8

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Supernatural Interviews Shed Some Light on Season 8

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Supernatural Interviews Shed Some Light on Season 8

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Supernatural Interviews Shed Some Light on Season 8

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Supernatural Interviews Shed Some Light on Season 8

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Supernatural Interviews Shed Some Light on Season 8

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Supernatural Interviews Shed Some Light on Season 8

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George A. Romero’s Daughter, Tina, Wrote a Script For Queens of the Dead

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The loss last year of director George A. Romero was a huge blow to the horror community, as well as the filmmaking community at large. The passing of the man responsible for creating the modern day zombie and whose work influenced “The Walking Dead”, Dead Alive, 28 Days Later, and Jordan Peele’s Get Out was felt far and wide but we take solace knowing that his work and legacy will live on forever.

Something that brings a smile to my face is hearing that his daughter, Tina, who DJ’s under the name DJ TRx, has written a screenplay for a zombie film that is called Queens of the Dead. And yes, it’s very gay! Romero has not only written the script but also plans on directing the film herself.

Romero tells The Saunder Blog about the film, saying, “Queens of the Dead is a fusion of two huge parts of my world: zombies and Gay nightlife. It’s a tribute to my father as well as my entrée into the genre he grandfathered. I can’t say too much yet, but what I can tell you is that this film will have all the hallmarks of a George A. Romero classic: farce, politics, heroes, assholes, and most importantly, herds of silly and slow moving walkers that you can’t help but love. But I’m doing it Tina-style, and bringing the glitter, choreography, queers & queens.

Romero’s father always brought some sort of social message into his work, so to hear that she will continue that tradition is inspiring, especially since it comes on a topic that is so discussed and topical.

If you want to read more about Romero and her DJ career, click on the link above.

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Wanna See Something REALLY Scary? Local 58 Contingency Emergency Broadcast

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“Wanna see something REALLY scary?”

To horror fans who came of age in the 1980s, the line above instantly evokes memories of Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks in the opening scene from Twilight Zone: The Movie. Now, on a bi-monthly basis, I’ll be asking, “Wanna see something REALLY scary?” with the goal of shocking you with chilling footage plumbed from the darkest corners of YouTube.

As a child of the Cold War born in the 1970s and traumatized by films like The Day After and Threads, I remember immediately panicking every time an Emergency Broadcast broke into a TV show I was watching. That alarming tone made my stomach drop and in the moments before it was confirmed to be “only a test” I had already imagined a barrage of nuclear warheads bursting overhead.

My heart went out to the residents of Hawaii who, due to a false alarm, believed a missile attack was imminent this weekend. For almost 40 minutes, families scrambled into fallout shelters, bathrooms, and even storm drains, believing war had begun between the United States and North Korea. Even after the all-clear was announced and the warning revealed as a mistake, nerves were severely rattled. I can only imagine the potential long-term damage done to the psyches of Hawaii’s youngest residents.

For a taste of the pandemonium that occurred, check out an excerpt from CNN’s reporting below.

While the shock must have been unprecedented for most, a bizarre alert that accidentally aired in the late 1960s puts the Hawaii debacle to shame. What viewers of a local station saw just before the end of programming at 3 am was a message announcing the fall of the US Government, and included instructions for committing suicide rather than surrendering to enemy forces.

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The message bore the seal of The U.S. Department for the Preservation of American Dignity, included a statement from President Lyndon B. Johnson, and warned that failure to commit suicide as instructed would have consequences:

“Your local law enforcement has been ordered to ensure your compliance,” the message cautioned. “It is against the law to delay.” The final instructions remind adult viewers to put down their children and pets first while promising “There is nothing to fear.” Though the station later posted a statement ensuring viewers the message was a hoax, the potential loss of life this broadcast could have inspired is staggering. Have a look:

If the Local 58 Contingency, as it’s become known, seems too outlandish to be true, that’s because it isn’t. Though the video doesn’t include an admission of fiction, it’s written and directed by Kris Straub. If that name sounds familiar, that’s because he’s the writer of the popular creepypasta Candle Cove, recently adapted into a TV series on SyFy.

Still, the vintage look of the Local 58 Contingency, not to mention the current climate of heightened tensions between American and a rogue nuclear nation, make this video a truly terrifying viewing experience.

Got an idea for a future installment of “Wanna See Something REALLY Scary?” Hit me up on Twitter @josh_millican!

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Here’s the thing… if we had the choice between cleaning up our own house or being haunted by a vengeful spectral servant of sorts, well… just hand us a friggin’ mop, wouldja already? Still, in the case of The Housemaid, it looks like nothing is gonna stop her from sensing shivers! Dig on this new trailer.

Derek Nguyen directs the flick, which stars Kate Nhung, Jean-Michel Richaud, Kim Xuan, Svitlana Kovalenko, and Rosie Fellner. Look for IFC Midnight’s release of The Housemaid coming to select theaters, VOD, and via Digital platforms in the U.S. on February 16, 2018.

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A forbidden passion awakens vengeful spirits within a haunted mansion in this bloodcurdling, erotic tour-de-force.

Vietnam, 1953: Linh (Nhung Kate), a poor, orphaned young woman, finds employment as a housemaid in a crumbling rubber plantation presided over by the emotionally fragile French officer Sebastien Laurent (Jean-Michel Richaud). Soon, a torrid love affair develops between the two – a taboo romance that rouses the ghost of Laurent’s dead wife, who won’t rest until blood flows.

Submerged in moody Gothic atmosphere, this stylish supernatural saga confronts the dark shadows of Vietnam’s colonial past while delivering heart-stopping scares.

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