The 2018 Creepy Christmas Film Festival is now in full-swing with a new film premiering every day until Christmas. Previously created back in 2008, the fest is back with many new and returning filmmakers to give horror fans something to look forward to in the form of an online Advent Calendar. The original 2008 stories were inspired by a diorama that Beck Underwood had built with an imagined view into each window. This time around, the artists were given a grab-bag word to base their story on. Words usually considered sweet, such as candy cane, have now been given a sinister edge in the hands of the filmmakers. We caught up with Underwood to ask her about finding the filmmakers, what inspired the new concepts, and, of course, her feelings about the creepiness of Christmas.
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Horror News Network caught up with the cast and creators of Midnight, Texas in the press room at SDCC. See below for videos from the event.
As the sun sets on 2018 San Diego Comic-Con, we have one last group of photos to share.
Conventions do an excellent job of connecting celebrities and creators with the fans and helping them find just the right new obsession. As we see in San Diego, the more attendees at an event, the more companies and creators want to join the party. Even if you are not in San Diego, make sure to support and enjoy your local comic and pop-culture conventions. read more
Midnight, Texas returns for its second season on October 26 and fans, also lovingly called ‘Midnighters,’ were in attendance to see a sneak peak of what to expect and listen to the cast and creators discuss the show. Despite only limited shooting thus far, we are able to see that there is quite a cast of new characters. The show picks up two months after Season 1 ends and a new hotel/spa has opened and it is operated by a healer and his wife. As if that won’t cause enough new drama we also have joining the show a demon-hunting gay cowboy. There will also be new monsters that we will see but only the addition of a banshee was discussed at the panel. read more read more
You never know who you will run into on the floor of San Diego Comic-Con. Artists, creators, and celebrities can be found around every turn. See photos below for a few of the people we bumped into inside the convention center.
Scout Taylor-Compton and Bill Moseley
Troma Babe, Lloyd Kaufman, Toxie, and Dr. Chuck Tingle
AMC brought an activation to the fans of The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead at Comic-Con. Fans were able to check out the Sanctuary and Eugene’s room. If they were feeling brave they could jump in the grinder or take their chances with the zombie slide. But the focus of the promotion was a new augmented-reality, mobile game available for iOS and Android called The Walking Dead: Our World from Next Games and AMC. The game has the great tag line of “Bringing the Apocalypse to Your Neighborhood” and allows players to ‘get up and go’ on supply runs and walker-killing missions. Player can also opt for couch-mode and staying at home. A great feature is that this is world-wide, so even though our Dead storylines have limited locations, the game does not. If you want to see how Egypt is affected, you can play there and see what walkers have done to the area. See below for some photos for the activation. read more read more
The San Diego crowd at Comic-Con was treated to an appearance by Jamie Lee Curtis promoting the new Halloween movie. The crowd was thrilled to see her and excited to hear about her feelings on her character, Laurie Strode. “I am not my trauma, the narrative of my life is that I am not a victim,” Curtis says of her character, “I am going to take back the legacy of my life” and that he wrote a movie that said “I am taking back my narrative!”. When asked how she spends her Halloween, she told us that no one comes to her house to trick or treat. She said “I just sit by myself, playing the music, watching the movie, and no one comes….” She also noted that “it is mind blowing” to be at Comic-Con announcing a new movie 40 years later. read more read more
Cast and creators of Glass were at Comic-Con in the massive 6,500 seat Hall H to tell fans about the new movie. M. Night Shyamalan started off by explaining that originally Unbreakable was a weird movie for him. The campaign was avoiding mentioning super heroes because it was “too fringe”. Interesting to hear that years later when super heroes are the name of the game when it comes to box office successes. An interesting story told was that back when he had already written Split, he ran into James McAvoy at a Comic-Con party. After talking to him he thought of him for the role of Kevin Wendell Crumb. The only teaser Shyamalan would give us was that “the reason to come see the movie is the performances of the people” and “James has 21 personalities right now in the editing room.” read more read more
Many of the cast and creators were on hand at Comic-Con to screen the first episode of their new series for Hulu. The new mystery-thriller takes place in the fictional town of Castle Rock which encompasses much of the ‘Stephen King Universe’ and locations and characters within. Heavy on the drama, the new show will appeal to fans of the actors, Stephen King, and J.J. Abrams-style misdirection.
Two Stephen King’s alums are in the cast, Bill Skarsgard and Sissy Spacek, and were on the panel to discuss their roles and which King books spoke to them the most. Not surprisingly, IT and Carrie got some love from each of them. When asked about playing a woman in horror, Jane Levy noted that the horror-genre celebrates women’s strengths and is not just empowering or exploitive. read more read more
“How do you like to celebrate the holiday” was the question of the day at the Comic-Con offsite activation for the new USA television show, “The Purge.” In spectacular fashion, the show took to advertising by way of renting out an entire local store and turning it into “Purge City” where you can stock up on all of your 28th Amendment needs. Fans could “shop” for their purge needs with Purge Dollars that were given to them as they entered the activation. Sections were arranged for parties, both going out to enjoy the Purge or staying in to survive it. Friendly staff was also on hand to help you choose an appropriate item. See below for some photos of the store. read more read more