“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.
There is a shift in how people are viewing and enjoying genre programming. While we have seen the increase in streaming services over the years, now we are seeing original programming from services like Facebook and You Tube. “Sacred Lies,” the upcoming show premiering on Facebook Watch on July 27, was out at Comic-Con to promote the show with an escape room to take fans into the show and what it means to be part of a cult. “Sacred Lies” is based on the classic Grimm Brothers tale “The Handless Maiden” and Stephanie Oakes’ novel “The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly,” and is about a handless teen who escapes from a cult and finds herself in juvenile detention, suspected of knowing who killed her cult leader. This is a Blumhouse Television show that is executive produced by Raelle Tucker of “Supernatural” and “True Blood” fame. read more
This July 19 through July 22, 2018 is Comic-Con International in San Diego, California. Also known by its previous name as San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), this is a massive pop-culture convention with attendance in the range of 130,000 attendees annually. The convention is so well attended that it has reached capacity in the San Diego Convention Center and has been moving events to the adjacent hotels, facilities, and the Gaslamp District to create a campus-like setting. Attendees are able to enjoy not just panels and events inside the convention center, but also areas called “activations” or “off sites” that are in coordination with other companies, such as AMC and USA networks and Facebook Live. While this helps to distribute crowds, it also provides a feeling of having something special everywhere you look in the downtown San Diego area. read more
San Diego Comic Con is finally upon us, which means the big media companies are unveiling all sorts of materials on their upcoming projects to capture the public’s attention. The horror genre is getting even more attention than usual this year with an event called ScareDiego, a platform for upcoming films like It: Chapter Two and The Nun. Attendees were just treated to new exclusive footage of Warner Bros.’ The Nun. The clip hasn’t made it’s way to the web yet, but all of us sitting at home have been given just a taste in the form of new poster art! read more
CUPHEAD mania will be jumping off of the screens of game consoles and into toy store shelves everywhere soon enough! McFarlane Toys, in a press release on Tuesday July 17th, officially announced the acquisition of yet another toy license that began as a game and has quickly transcended pop-culture lore. Following in the footsteps of Five Nights at Freddy’s and Hello Neighbor, the toy and action figure super-company will begin production on Construction Sets modeled after the wildly popular game Cuphead. Spawn himself would be proud. read more
LeeAnna Vamp (SyFy’s Cosplay Melee) describes herself in her new series Ghosted with LeeAnna Vamp as “an actress, cosplayer, and model” and after interviewing her, it is also clear that she is a huge fan of horror, science fiction, and comics. In this exclusive interview from New York Comic Con 2017, Vamp spoke to Horror News Network about her origins as a cosplayer, her favorite horror films and costumes, her love for Disney, and her new adventures as a travel host/paranormal investigator. read more
Horror News Network caught up with Melanie Scrofano from “Wynonna Earp” in the press room at SDCC. We were very fortunate to hear her thoughts on pregnancy on set and her internal turmoil leading up to telling the show-runners about it. This is a show that empowers women and this is a great example of how that premise extends beyond what is on the screen.
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The “Mr. Mercedes” Panel at San Diego Comic-Con will become legendary for bringing a massive cast for a known product into a pretty small room. Hundreds, or possibly even thousands, of fans lined up to see the trailer, clips, and cast and were turned away. Those who did get into the panel got a glimpse of the new show and insights from the cast.
Comic-Con Synopsis: Jack Bender (EP/director, Lost, Under the Dome), Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful), Kelly Lynch (The L Word), Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men, The Practice), Jharrel Jerome (Moonlight), and Breeda Wool (UnREAL) discuss their new original series on AT&T Audience Network based on the bestselling Stephen King novel, which follows a demented killer who taunts a retired police detective and the crusade to bring the killer to justice before he is able to strike again. read more
Although this show will start airing the Monday after SDCC, NBC brought much of the cast and the creators of “Midnight, Texas”, as well as Charlaine Harris (author of the book the show is based on) to the convention. The entire pilot was screened and crowd feedback was generally very good. Horror fans will be interested to know that the show has many more horror elements than the advertising would indicate. Expect possessions, creatures that feast on energy, dead people, and were-animals to be regular occurrences on the series. read more
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