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#SDCC14: American Horror Story: Freak Show's Scary New Villain and More Character DetailsOverall “American Horror Story: Coven” was a bit lacking, but with word coming out of the show’s SDCC panel that its successor, “Freak Show,” will be home to a new villain who rivals Season 1’s Rubber Man, “Asylum’s” Bloody Face, and “Coven’s” Minotaur, color us curious.

We don’t know the big bad’s name yet, but John Carroll Lynch (pictured; Shutter Island, Fargo, “Carnivale”) is playing him, and exec producer Tim Minear promises “he will scare the shit out of you.”

Minear says “Freak Show” is “not like the first three seasons,” dubbing it “Douglas Sirk meets Zodiac.” Coincidentally (or not, you never know with “AHS”) Lynch appeared in David Fincher’s Zodiac.

Several of the other cast members’ full character names were revealed during the Saturday evening event: Emma Roberts is Maggie; Sarah Paulson is Siamese twins Bette and Dot Tattler; Michael Chiklis is Wendell del Toredo; Angela Bassett is Wendell’s wife, Desiere Duprée; Kathy Bates is Effil Darling, Wendell’s ex-wife; Evan Peters is Wendell and Effil’s son, Jimmy Darling; and Jessica Lange is Elsa Mars, who runs the Jupiter, Florida, set “Freak Show.”

The only other tidbit of info about the upcoming season is how Paulson’s two-headed transformation, her favorite of all the “AHS” roles she’s played, is accomplished. “It feels very organic to me, and I love her,” she told the crowd, emphasizing that there’s no prosthetic involved. The process is done off-screen and “in a way that’s never been done before in a sense that no person has played a person with two heads… people have done it with another actress, [but] this is a new thing,” Paulson said. It takes around 22 people working together to create each of her shots.

Below you’ll find a photo of the group tweeted by Emma Roberts just before the panel began.

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” begins in October.

For more info visit the “AHS: Freak Show” Facebook page, check out “AHS: Freak Show” on Tumblr, and follow @AHSFreakShow_ on Twitter along with “American Horror Story” on FX.

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Video: The Shape of Water Q&A with Guillermo del Toro and Doug Jones at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre

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This past weekend at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA betwixt a double screening of The Shape of Water and the classic The Creature from the Black Lagoon, the former’s director Guillermo del Toro (and star Doug Jones) sat down to discuss the latter’s influence on the film, Gill-man sex, “one sock movies,” his career in the genre, and more with moderator Jonah Ray, and we were there to film a portion of it.

Our sincere thanks to American Cinematheque general manager Dennis Bartok for extending the invitation.

For more Cinematheque screenings, visit the official website here.

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Michael C. Hall Buried in Stephen King’s Pet Sematary

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Now here’s an audio book we can REALLY get behind! Entertainment Weekly is reporting that former “Dexter” star Michael C. Hall will be narrating the first ever unabridged recording of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. Sometime’s audio is better!

Readers have been asking for this audiobook for a very long time,” Stephen King said in a statement. “I know the listening experience will be worth the wait with Michael as narrator.

We’re thrilled to finally bring Pet Sematary to King’s audiobook fans,” Simon & Schuster Audio president and publisher Chris Lynch added. “Michael C. Hall is a perfect match for this timeless story, which has long deserved an unabridged production.

The unabridged audiobook of Pet Sematary will be released by Simon & Schuster Audio on March 27. Speaking of Hall… you know he would make a pretty friggin’ good casting choice to play Victor Pascow in the upcoming Pet Sematary remake. Just sayin’.

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Saw-inspired Game Play With Me Sets a Trap on Steam

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Saw fans have a lot to be happy about right now. In addition to Jigsaw being teased for Dead by Daylight, a new Saw-themed game called Play With Me has launched on Steam, and although it’s not officially connected with the franchise in any way, developer Airem promised that they created a videogame which looks and plays as though it were made by Jigsaw himself. As you can tell from the trailer and screenshots, the production values and overall quality of Play With Me appear to be considerably higher than most other indie horror games released on Steam, and you’ll probably be very happy to see that Airem took the time and effort to create stylized hand drawn environments rather than using purchased assets from the Unity Store.

The killer behind the sinister traps in Play With Me is known as the Illusion, with the player taking control of investigative journalist Robert Hawk as he tries to fight his way through a series of sick and twisted obstacles created by the lunatic. The voice acting in the trailer was a little cheesy, although we see at 1:09 that the player will be tasked with using a kitchen knife to cut open a dead body (presumably to retrieve an item hidden in the cadaver’s stomach), which is not an image you’ll be forgetting anytime soon.

IQ Publishing are offering a 15% discount off Play With Me for those who purchase the game before January 24, so Saw fans might want to mark that deadline in their calendars and purchase it from Steam before the time is up. After all, it can’t be worse than Konami’s awful official Saw videogames.

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