Entries by Stephanie Shamblin Gray

SDCC: Ghost Wars Panel – Meat Loaf Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts

SYFY introduced their upcoming horror series “Ghost Wars” to a packed house at SDCC on Saturday evening. Joining the very full panel were stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Avan Jogia, Kandyse McClure, and Meat Loaf Aday. They were joined by creator/showrunner Simon Barry, writer/executive producer Dennis Heaton, and executive producer Chad Oakes.

The cast and creators let the audience know that “Ghost Wars” takes place in a remote Alaskan town called Port Moore. The town is very isolated, only accessible four months a year, and has a big ghost problem. Barry explained that he is a fan of horror from the 1970’s and 1980’s and is inspired by the likes of Sam Raimi and John Carpenter. This was evidenced in the trailer shown which was loaded with horror elements and tension between the characters. read more read more

SDCC: Friday Photos

Horror News Network is continuing our coverage at SDCC. The photos below are from the show floor and the nearby Petco Interactive Zone offsite. Look closely and you’ll see a shot of The Black Eyed Peas promoting their new comic “Masters of the Sun: The Zombie Chronicles.”

SDCC: Horror News Network Checks Out “Evil Dead 2: The Official Board Game”

Do you like “Evil Dead 2?” How about board games? Horror News Network caught up with Taylor Smith of Space Goat Productions on the floor of San Diego Comic-Con for a close-up overview of their upcoming game “Evil Dead 2: The Official Board Game.” This successful Kickstarter project is currently available to all as a pre-order item.

Synopsis: Board games are about to get a lot more groovy—and gory! Evil Dead 2: The Official Board Game is a tile- and miniature-based survival-horror game based on the classic film. Featuring over 40 custom figures and art depicting the terrifying and iconic characters, monsters, and locales from the film, Evil Dead 2: The Official Board Game is the tabletop experience for Evil Dead 2 fans. From 2-6 players will work together in 90–120 minute sessions to gather pages of the Ex-Mortis while trying to survive demon attacks, supernatural events, and avoid turning into evil Deadites themselves. read more read more

If You Want Creatures In Your “Training Day,” “Bright” Is For You

Netflix has come to San Diego Comic-Con and brought with them some serious star power! At the “Bright” panel, Terry Crews moderated with stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, and Édgar Ramírez, and director David Ayer.

Regarding the new original Netflix film, even though this has more of a fantasy element Ayer said “it’s about a really fucked-up LA.” The trailer and clips that were shown definitely indicate some clear associations to the current social issues happening right now. Monster racism and social injustice are a big part of the theme here. Smith also noted that this film has the “rated R grime of training day smashed with Lord of the Rings.” The clips shown and panel discussion resonated loud and clear with the SDCC Hall H crowd and this is definitely a film many will be looking forward to viewing. read more read more

Netflix Makes First SDCC Hall H Appearance With “Death Note”

Netflix has come to Comic-Con and brought with them many great things, one of which is a new original movie, “Death Note.” “Death Note” is based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. Panelists included director Adam Wingard, producers Masi Oka and Roy Lee, as well as stars Nat Wolff, Margaret Qualley, and LaKeith Stanfield.

The question was asked “how scary is Death Note?” Director Adam Wingard notes that “it has a horror tinge to it” but is not full-on horror. With his previous work on films like “You’re Next” people tend to think of him very specifically for horror. However, he let the fans know that there are a lot of different elements to this film besides horror. read more read more

SDCC 2017: The Exorcist Panel

Returning cast Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, and Kurt Egyiawan as well as executive producer Jeremy Slater were on hand for a victory lap to celebrate the renewal of “The Exorcist.” John Cho and Brianna Hildebrand, as well as new executive producer Sean Crouch, all new to Season 2 and not previously announced for the panel, were also on hand to talk a bit about the show.

An immediate question asked was “is it scarier?” and unfortunately this was not really answered very specifically, Daniels did go on to let the fans know that the show had now “exploded open in rural American” and was no longer stuck in the city setting allowing more freedom for the story. We learned also that an island off the coast of Seattle is the setting for the next tale. Intriguingly, Crouch noted that there will be a lot of nature-based horror heavily inspired by Japanese horror movies. read more read more