Last week Dread Central was on the red carpet for the upcoming Season Three premiere of “The Walking Dead,” where we had a chance to speak with many of the cast and crew in attendance about what fans can expect when the new season kicks off on AMC this Sunday, October 14th.
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While working the press line, we had the opportunity to speak with both executive producer Gale Anne Hurd and showrunner Glen Mazzara as well as several cast members including Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan and Emily Kinney. Read on to see what everyone had to say about the upcoming third season of “The Walking Dead,” their loyal fans and much more.
Andrew Lincoln (“Rick Grimes”):
On What Changes We’ll See in Rick for Season Three: The one thing that has been tossed around the writers’ room for the last few years now is, what is Rick’s breaking point? And you will find out this season. Things are going to get very dark for all of us before we even get to our mid-season break. I can’t wait to see what happens in the second half; I don’t even know yet in fact.
Gale Anne Hurd (Executive Producer):
Why “The Walking Dead” Resonates So Strongly with Fans Worldwide: First of all, we have fantastic underlying material in Robert Kirkman’s comic; it’s now in fact one of the most successful series of all time. Issue 100 sold over 350,000 issues, which is just amazing. So what I think really resonates with people is the cast of characters. Their likability and performances make it easy for viewers to put themselves in their shoes and ask, ‘What would I do in this situation? Who would I be like the most if there were zombies?’ and that’s all relatable stuff.
When you make that kind of emotional investment in a television series, you want everyone to know about it and to watch it, too, so our die-hard fans from the very beginning have been wonderful about getting people they know, maybe people who wouldn’t necessarily watch a show about zombies, interested because these are really thought-provoking stories and characters to watch each week.
Discussing the Tonal Differences for Season Three: There’s not a huge tonal change because we always take everything in the show as dead-real so that doesn’t change at all really. But the difference for Season Three is that we now have a contrast between the town of Woodbury, the Governor’s community, and our survivors. You get to see the tensions as they’re building between the two groups and see how they clash eventually. It’s going to be something pretty remarkable.
Danai Gurira (“Michonne”):
Her Thoughts on the Fan Anticipation Surrounding Michonne for Season Three: It is really cool; I love that she’s this entity in this world because it was very strange for me as an actress to step into this role that already had this huge fanbase but had never been a living character before. There is a certain level of pressure I think, but it’s also pretty amazing because the fans are so incredibly supportive of this show; they’ve been so positive about my involvement since the announcement despite not really even seeing me in action. It’s amazing.
What She Loves about Playing Such a Badass: She’s an intense chick, you know, and she’s had to do a lot of things to survive so you have to kind of live like that. That’s an intense realm to be in for a long time; that’s a lot of energy to step into and have to bring on set every single day. But I loved connecting to her intensity.
I also love that she functions from this sort of level of clarity where she always seems to know what she has to do, when she has to do it, why, how- those kinds of things. She’s not ‘wobbly’ at all; Michonne is very specific.
Glen Mazzara (Showrunner):
On Whether or Not He Faces Any Added Pressure as the Fandom Surrounding “The Walking Dead” Grows: You know what? We have such a terrific team of writers, producers, cast and crew, and one of the things I try to do as the showrunner is make this a collaborative process. I want to hear what people say and what they like and don’t like. So our internal process revolves around this idea of a continuous test audience, and nothing gets filmed until we all love it and we think that the fans would love it, too. All I can do as a filmmaker or a storyteller is make the best possible work that I can put forward.
Discussing ‘Going Darker’ for Season Three: Things get pretty dark for everyone; it’s less about the theoretical issues like ‘What does all this mean? How did it start?’ and more about ‘Hey, you’re in my way of what I want, and I’m not afraid to kill you to get it’ so things are going to get more intense. Definitely.
His Thoughts on the Hopeful Nature of a Show About the Zombie Apocalypse: This show is really about hope and always has been. To me, it’s about a group of survivors – a family that’s been forced together – and so you have to care about those characters. You, as a viewer, have to have a vested interest in wanting to see them survive this ordeal. In some episodes there are losses of course – big losses – but there’s also huge wins, and that’s essentially the human experience whether there’s zombies or not.
Chandler Riggs (“Carl”):
Discussing the Biggest Changes in Carl for Season Three: I think Carl is having to put all that stuff with Shane and Dale behind him because if he doesn’t, he’ll break down and won’t be able to live in that world anymore. So I think he’s trying to move on from that. But I do have a lot of physical scenes this time, which is cool. Last season I think we developed our characters in different ways, and for this season we all got to be a lot more physical. That was a big change to me.
I actually don’t even have a stunt double so I get to do all my stunts myself; it’s pretty awesome.
On Why Carl Is Never in the House When He’s Supposed to Be: You know, I don’t really know. I guess because he’s a normal kid and never listens (laughs); you’d think he would with zombies all around, but nope. I think it’s pretty awesome, though, that I’m my own meme and I’m on t-shirts now, too. It’s so cool. I think it’s pretty funny really.
Lauren Cohan (“Maggie”):
Maggie’s Evolution in Season Three: The place that Maggie is at in Season Three is that she is still the same young woman she was at the start of Season Two except that she’s now rising to these new challenges of life on the road and becoming a stronger woman. She’s scared, but she’s strong and wants to survive at all costs.
I’m going to have really great character stuff to do involving a lot of different characters, which is fantastic. Maggie is also getting more physical, which really excites me because I get to explore new sides of her character that I hadn’t been able to before. She definitely goes through some huge emotional challenges, too.
Emily Kinney (“Beth”):
What Fans Can Expect for Beth in Season Three: You know, once Beth went down that route (suicide) last season and decided that’s not what she wanted, she’s decided that she has a lot to live for so we see her a bit more hopeful in Season Three. Despite everything that’s happening around her, she still wants to find something to live for, and a lot of that is her family. I do get to take on some zombies, too – maybe not like you’d expect because we all have our different roles and we all play them in different ways – but I did have to deal with a lot more physicality to my role for Season Three. It was great!
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, “The Walking Dead” stars Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson, Iron E. Singleton, Emily Kinney, Melissa McBride, David Morrissey, and Danai Gurira. The series is executive produced by showruner Glen Mazzara, Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, and David Alpert with Greg Nicotero, Denise Huth, and Evan Reilly as co-executive producers.
The 16-episode Season 3 of “The Walking Dead” will air in two parts with the first eight hours kicking off October 14th and returning in February, 2013 with the final eight episodes. In the highly anticipated new season, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his fellow survivors continue to seek refuge in a desolate and post-apocalyptic world and soon discover that there are greater forces to fear than just the walking dead. The struggle to survive has never been so perilous. Season 3 also introduces new characters, including the Governor (David Morrissey) and fan favorite Michonne (Danai Gurira), along with her zombie pets.
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Class of 1999 Graduates to Blu-Ray in 2018
Coming to blu-ray in early 2018 will be Class of 1999, which was originally released in 1990 and designed to be an unofficial sci-fi sequel to 1982’s Class of 1984, which itself received a special edition blu-ray in 2015. Confused yet?
In 1982, writer-director Mark L. Lester made Class of 1984, a slightly futuristic action thriller about teachers contending with teenage gangs in an inner-city high school. Lester would go on to grace us with Commando and Firestarter before returning to the premise in 1990 to give us the very futuristic Class of 1999. This time the action takes place near the turn of the millennium when gang violence overruns inner-city high schools to the point that the government steps in and replaces the teachers with reprogrammed military-grade battle androids. The super soldier cyborg faculty revert to their militaristic ways, naturally, and rack up quite a body count as they declare war on the student body leading to teenage gangs putting aside their difference to lead an anti-robot uprising in the halls of the school.
The time is the future, and youth gang violence is so high that the areas around some schools have become “free fire zones” into which not even the police will venture. When Miles Langford (Malcolm McDowell), the principal of Kennedy High School, decides to take his school back from the gangs, robotics specialist Dr. Robert Forrest (Stacy Keach) provides “tactical education units.” These human-like androids have been programmed to teach and are supplied with weapons to handle discipline problems. These kids will get a lesson in staying alive!
Boasting a screenplay by Full Moon stalwart C. Courtney Joyner and a cast including the likes of Stacy Keach, Pam Grier, Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Kilpatrick, and Traci Lind; Class of 1999 and its unique Stand and Deliver meets The Warriors meets The Terminator premise has garnered a loyal cult following over the years. We won’t mention the sequel. Forget I even brought it up. Sequel? What sequel?
Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced Class of 1999 will be the next title getting a blu-ray release as part of their Vestron Collector’s Series in the first semester of 2018 with a fully loaded edition guaranteed to please fans and those that have yet to be educated on this enjoyable early Ninties b-movie extravaganza.
Disc extras will include:
Audio Commentary with Producer/Director Mark L. Lester
Interviews with Director/Producer Mark L. Lester and Co-Producer Eugene Mazzola
Interview with Screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner
Interviews with Special Effects Creators Eric Allard and Rick Stratton
Interview with Director of Photography Mark Irwin
Trailer & TV Spot
Optional English, English SDH, and Spanish subtitles for the main feature
Class of 1999 graduates to blu-ray on January 30th.
Buy Stuff From Eibon Press, Get More Stuff For Free
Eibon Press have announced that they’re starting Black Friday a day early and will be running their specials for almost a week, through November 28th. This year, they’re doing something a little different, a little more interesting. Rather than reduce prices on their inventory, they’re doing a deal where depending on how much you buy from their store, you’ll get a certain amount of free swag in addition to your order.
The first tier sees anyone who makes a purchase getting two double-sided mini-posters featuring art from their upcoming Bottomfeeder and Maniac and The New York Ripper series. The second tier sees anyone who spends at least $30 getting a free copy of their VHS Comics titles Laserblast plus the mini-posters. The final tier is for those who spend $50 and more and that will net the mini-posters, the #1 issue of Laserblast, and a free copy of Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell #2.
Lastly, five random people will receive an extra bonus gift, which they won’t reveal but promise that, “…you’ll love it!”
All order cans be placed via Eibon Press.
KISS Meets Army of Darkness in New Comic Miniseries!
Dynamite Entertainment just announced that they are planning to bring two of their bestselling brands together in “KISS/Army of Darkness #1”. The new comic book series will unite the rock band with none other than Ash for some Deadite ass kicking.
The series will be written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims and illustrated by Ruairi Coleman. And the debut issue of “KISS/Army of Darkness” features three art covers from Kyle Strahm, Goni Montes, and Ken Haeser.
You can find all three covers below along with quotes from the creative team. After looking through all of that make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are about this new hybrid comic series in the comments below or on social media!
“With Ash vs. The Army of Darkness, Chris and I were given kind of carte blanche to do whatever we wanted to the world of AOD, and we went for broke,” Co-writer Chad Bowers says. “We introduced some new characters and concepts, and built a legacy for Ash’s comics adventures that I’m immensely proud of, but not in a million years could I have guessed we’d get to continue that momentum with the added bonus of tossing the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band into the mix! I’ve been in the tank for KISS since I was in middle school. I remember buying the KISS tribute album, KISS My Ass for the Lemonheads (they covered Plaster Caster), which lead to me picking up Greatest Hits, and so on. But when I found out there was a KISS comic with blood in it, I signed up for life! Of course, I adore the songs (literally listening to Do You Love Me right now), but I’m just as obsessed with the way KISS transcends the music to become something of a genre themselves. It’s something I think about a lot, honestly, so no surprise, it’s a big part of our story too!”
“When it comes to Army of Darkness, I guess you could say that Ash is a bit of a gambler, but he’s nobody’s fool,” Co-writer Chris Sims says. “And since our first story was set back at Alan Shepard High, we’re looking forward to showing him some things that you can’t learn in school. Okay, okay, I’ll stop with the deep-cut lyrics now, but for real — if you thought Deadites at Homecoming and the Supernatural Military-Adjacent Response Team were taking Ash in a new direction, just wait until you see how we team him up with the Starchild, Space Ace, the Demon, and the Catman. In the grand tradition of the film, we’re tearing up the entire space-time continuum and if you think you know how weird this is gonna get… well, you sure know somethin’!”
“Having done some work for Dynamite in the past, I’ve really been wanting to get my foot in the door here for a long time so I can play in the sandbox of the amazing licenses they have,” Artist Ruairi Coleman says. “Chief among those, and high up on my bucket list, is Army of Darkness: Hail to the king, baby! So, when I was offered the job of drawing the KISS/Army of Darkness crossover, I couldn’t believe my luck! The concept is totally bonkers, but in a way, that would make complete sense in the world of Army of Darkness. Thinking about it, I’m surprised it hasn’t been done already and I’m honored (and more than a little intimidated) to be the guy who draws it.”
“After a more than 40-year career, KISS continues to be one of rock’s most celebrated bands, while Army of Darkness continues to be a staple in the comic book industry. We’re both honored to have the opportunity to work so closely with Gene and Paul to bring their world-renowned alter-egos to comics alongside our very own Ashy Slashy,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “The raging guitar chords and pyrotechnic spectacle of their stage shows could have come straight from the pages of the Necronomicon, and this epic battle between The Demon and Deadites will appeal to the hellions in all of us!”
Issue #1 will be available on digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.
The KISS/Army of Darkness miniseries event hits February 2018.
KISS is on top of the world and rocking faces until the night disciples of The Destroyer show up and the band disappears. With the tour canceled, a young Ash misses one of the most important events of his life that will change his destiny. Now the Chosen One has to get back on the right path and join the KISS ARMY OF DARKNESS!
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