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Dearly Defensive Dexter: The Showrunners Discuss the Final SeasonWhile I wasn’t thrilled with the final season of “Dexter” on the whole, I loved the finale. It ranks just behind “The Sopranos” and “The Shield” for me in terms of shows that brought their stories to an effective close.

The real oddity behind “Dexter” is that I’m not sure how they did it, considering the blasé episodes that preceded it.

But here’s the thing. A recent Entertainment Weekly interview with “Dexter” showrunner Scott Buck and producer Sara Colleton feels more than a little disingenuous when it comes to addressing fan criticisms of this final season. Here’s a snip of the EW story that came online yesterday. Click the link at the bottom of the page for the whole thing.

EW: In a way, Deb sort of gets what she’s wanted for most of the season.

BUCK: That’s true in a way. There’s one point where she wanted exactly that. But she makes a turn two thirds through the season. Things are looking up for her. She was seeing a possibility for happiness. The death she may have wanted at one point was the last thing she wants right now.

The problem with this isn’t where Deb ended up. That was a perfect fate for the character who meant so much to Dexter throughout the years. The problem is that the season started off so great with Deb’s hatred of Dexter growing astronomically, only to have it magically cured in Episode 5 (the worst episode in the series). The fact that she went from self-loathing drug addict back to old Deb in the span of a single episode wasn’t just unbelievable. It was insulting.

EW: Some fans were disappointed by this season. Were you happy with the episodes leading up to the finale?

BUCK: Even if i don’t write an episode, I’m still in charge. I take full responsibility. We all work cohesively as a team. If people think the final episode stood out, it’s probably because it’s been sitting in my mind for so long. It’s a difficult question to answer.

COLLETON: I think some episodes worked better than others. But as a whole the Deb and Vogel story lines worked, and we wanted to change it up and have the big bad hide in plain sight. Darri Ingolfsson, who plays Saxon, he’s fabulous once you realize [he’s the brain surgeon]. The scene where he comes to Dexter’s apartment is a wonderful scene. I try not to read any of the blogs because then I become paralyzed. If they knew how much we agonized internally about everything… if we then tried to factor in an assortment of opinions, it would dilute the process.

I think these responses are the epitome of insincere. There are definitely moments in those first 11 episodes I enjoy, and I believe that’s a testament to the actors more than anything else. Because honestly, this season was a convoluted nightmare. From the Brain Surgeon twist to the inclusion of Dexter’s short-lived apprentice and even the political pressure hounding Miami Metro because of that kid. Nothing congealed in the way it should’ve. Deb’s aforementioned magical cure, Hannah moping around the house with absolutely nothing to do (a real shame, since she was a great addition to the series last season), and even the Vogel character, who represented an interesting idea whose ultimate inclusion amounted to very little.

EW: One point of contention was some of the supporting story lines. Like, why spend time with Masuka and his daughter and Quinn taking the sergeant’s exam in the final season?

BUCK: We wanted to give some indication of where these characters were going. We wanted to give them all a bit of resolution toward the end. Masuka was a very small story; it took up a small amount of screen time. This is probably the most sexist character most of us have ever seen, and for him to have his first honest relationship with a woman and have that be his daughter felt interesting. As for as Quinn, we’re trying to spend time with characters that have been with us for a long time and we’re never going to see again.

And yet, none of this stuff had any bearing on the final episode. That makes it filler. The reason why the final episode works so well compared to the rest of the season is that it is focused. Suddenly, none of that other crap matters.

Which makes it a tragedy that they even had to bother in the first place.

When I published my “Dexter” discussion a few weeks ago, I received an anonymous email from someone that told me the behind-the-scenes strife on “Dexter” has been outrageous for several years. Creative freedom was stifled and the show was, quite obviously, kept running simply because it remained a lucrative cash cow. This jibes with other things I was told quite recently.

As a fan of the show, even through its murkiest moments, I find that sad to hear though it is the nature of the business. I remain surprised that “Remember the Monsters?” was an effective sendoff and feel like time will be kind to that finale, if not the season.

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Dario Argento Is Coming To HorrorCon UK 2018



Hold your machetes, wipe your tears and pick your jaw up from the floor because the one and only Italian master of the horror film, Dario Argento will be making a rare visit to the UK to take part in HorrorCon UK. The greatest Horror convention in England is now in its 4th year and getting Argento to appear is a real coup. Argento who is perhaps one of the greatest ever horror director’s to get behind a lens will be appearing over the weekend of May 19th-20th to meet with fans and join in a Q and A session and there will even be a chance to get a photo with him.

HorrorCon UK will be pulling out all of the stops as the guests don’t stop there. Also scheduled to appear will be the legendary David Warner who has starred in everything from The Omen to Waxwork. Warner was supposed to make an appearance last year but sadly had to pull out at the 11th hour due to filming commitments.

The one and only Jeff Combs who is most famous amongst horror fans as playing Herbert West in the 1985 classic Re-Animator will be making an appearance and it is always an honor to share his company. In fact it will be a somewhat Re-Animator reunion as Barbara Crampton will also be at HorrorCon UK, marking her first ever European convention appearance!

The legendary Dee Wallace who is a bona fide scream queen with a resume that includes The Howling, The Hills Have Eyes, Cujo and The Lords of Salem and let’s not forget she survived the Critters so no messin’ with this gal is also here and she will be warmly welcomed that’s for sure.  Other guests include Claudio Simonetti the legendary performer, basically if you have a giallo movie in your collection- which we know you do- then you have heard Simonetti’s incredible work. He has worked closely with Argento and other Italian masters such as Lucio Fulci and Umberto Lenzi. The icing on the cake is that Simonetti will also perform some of his original movie scores on the day.

Billy Wirth who played Dwayne as part of the gang of vampires in one of the greatest 80s horror movies ever in The Lost Boys will also be here, just make sure you don’t get bitten by him! Rounding up the guests will be Graham Humphrey’s a man who needs no introduction but will get one anyway. Humphrey’ s artistic talent knows no boundaries and he has been behind the iconic UK VHS artwork from The Evil Dead to A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Apart from the guests will be the various traders selling everything from replica props, t-shirts, rare memorabilia, movies, magazines and model kits. Hosts will include Ben Wilkinson, Tony Earnshaw, Darrell Buxton and the majestic Bunny Galore! Simply put if you’re a horror fan and can get to the UK for this May you cannot miss the event of the year!

HorrorCon UK takes place the weekend of May 19th-2oth at Magna Science Adventure Center in Sheffield, England

You can purchase tickets and photo ops right here.


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Paul Tremblay’s Novel The Cabin at the End of the World Gets Feature Adaptation



A tremendous book ― thought-provoking and terrifying, with tension that winds up like a chain. The Cabin at the End of the World is Tremblay’s personal best. It’s that good.” — Stephen King

Author Paul Tremblay already has a feature film adaptation of his novel A Head Full Of Ghosts coming our way with Robert Downey Jr.’ producing and Oz Perkins (The Blackcoat’s Daughter) writing and directing.

And today we have word via Deadline that feature film rights to Tremblay’s novel The Cabin at the End of the World have been acquired by FilmNation.

Steve Desmond and Michael Sherman will pen the script. The screenwriting team just sold their spec script, Harry’s All Night Hamburgers to Warner Bros. in a bidding war and their screenplay, Orb, made the 2016 Black List and topped off the 2016 Blood List.

Have you read Paul Trembly’s The Cabin at the End of the World? Are you excited about a big screen adaptation? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!


The psychological horror and suspense novel centers on a vacationing family terrorized by four strangers who claim to be either attempting to bring about or trying to avert the apocalypse.


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When Will World War Z 2 Begin Filming?



Supposedly the upcoming David Fincher World War Z sequel was rumored to begin shooting this fall, but now that doesn’t seem to be happening.

The Playlist reports that the script for World War Z 2 – written by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Peaky Blinders, Taboo) and Dennis Kelly (Utopia) – is still in development and apparently not ready quite yet. Add to that, Brad Pitt‘s schedule may be an issue as he’s shooting Tarantino‘s new movie soon.

While some location scouting has taken place in Bilbao, Spain, Sweden, Texas and other spots around the world, evidently Fincher will be taking on the second season of Netflick’s Mindhunter first.

Are you upset to know that World War Z 2 might still be a ways off? Hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!


When former U.N. investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family get stuck in urban gridlock, he senses that it’s no ordinary traffic jam. His suspicions are confirmed when, suddenly, the city erupts into chaos. A lethal virus, spread through a single bite, is turning healthy people into something vicious, unthinking and feral. As the pandemic threatens to consume humanity, Gerry leads a worldwide search to find the source of the infection and, with luck, a way to halt its spread.


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