It’s almost that time of year again, when pop culture fans converge on San Diego, CA to share their love of superheroes, sci-fi, fantasy and horror. And as always, the entertainment industry is going to use Comic-Con as an excuse to make big announcements and reveal exciting footage. This week on the Horror News Rundown we’ve got news about what’s to come for horror television fans at Comic-Con 2016, exciting new home video re-releases, and a whole lot more.
So let’s get this long weekend started by taking a good, long look at the future!
THE WALKING DEAD and PREACHER Do Comic-Con
AMC is heading to San Diego Comic-Con 2016 and they’re bringing their hit horror series with them. THE WALKING DEAD, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD and PREACHER are all going to have a big presence at the pop culture convention this year, with panels and “fan activations” planned throughout the weekend, according to the network’s press release.
The FEAR THE WALKING DEAD panel will take place from 12pm to 1pm PST on Friday, July 22 in Hall H, followed immediately by the WALKING DEAD panel at 1pm. The PREACHER panel will take place in Hall H at 6:30pm that evening, and feature a live, staged reading of this season’s penultimate episode.
Fans can also head over to Booth #4237 in the convention center to take photos of themselves in “Negan’s Lineup” from the recent season finale, and they can also visit Abigail, the yacht from FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, behind the convention center at the Fifth Avenue pier.
ASH VS. EVIL DEAD and AMERICAN GODS Do Comic-Con Too
But that’s not all! STARZ is also bringing its horror television lineup to Comic-Con 2016, and has just announced panels featuring the cast and crew of ASH VS. EVIL DEAD and the new Neil Gaiman adaptation AMERICAN GODS.
AMERICAN GODS will have its panel discussion on Friday, July 22 at 3:15pm in Room 6BCF, and is expected to feature the showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, author Neil Gaiman and series star Ricky Whittle. The ASH VS. EVIL DEAD panel will take place on Saturday, July 23 in Room 6A, and stars Bruce Campbell and Lucy Lawless are both expected to be in attendance.
Surprisingly, neither series is being featured in Hall H, and since the ASH VS. EVIL DEAD panel was already nightmare to get into last year, you’re going to want to get in line EXTREMELY EARLY if you want to participate in either discussion. As in, multiple hours early. Trust me on this.
Praise Be: PREACHER Gets a Second Season
The prayers of PREACHER fans have been answered: the supernatural drama, based on the award-winning comic book by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, has been picked up for another season. (Source: Variety)
The show stars Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, a small-town Texas preacher who becomes host to a supernatural entity that gives him “The Word of God,” which can force any person to do whatever Jesse tells them to do. Sadly, as we have seen on multiple occasions, The Word of God is subject to massive misinterpretation.
Some fans of the comic have been critical of the AMC series for lingering in Jesse Custer’s hometown, instead of moving quickly into the character’s globetrotting quest to find God (literally). Perhaps the second, expanded season – which will run 13 episodes – will have the time and money to give them what they want.
Can You Decode AMERICAN HORROR STORY: Season Six?
The sixth season of the popular supernatural series AMERICAN HORROR STORY has been in development for a while now, but it has also been shrouded in secrecy. Rumors emerged early on that AMERICAN HORROR STORY would possibly dramatize the infamous creepypasta SLENDER MAN, but that suggestion was eventually shot down by the showrunners. So what is season six about?
We may have a clue. Earlier this week on the AMERICAN HORROR STORY Facebook page, fans were given a series of enigmatic images. The first was just a black square. The second is the number six, formed partly out of a red question mark, and although some have postulated that the image is just a tease for the mystery of season six, others have suggested that perhaps this sigil has greater significance.
Perhaps the number six suggests that AMERICAN HORROR STORY will tackle the notion of satan worshipping cults (since the number “666” is indelibly linked to the devil). Perhaps there’s some clever interpretation we are all missing. Or perhaps – just perhaps – season six is coming and the question mark means they like it when we all take wild guesses.
The concept is bound to be announced eventually. We’ll let you know when that happens
New Release Dates for UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS and PACIFIC RIM 2
Horror fans are particularly aware of upcoming films on the horizon, so it’s important to take note when the horizon changes. This week, two of the bigger action-horror sequels laid their claim on new release dates: UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS will ring in the new year on January 3, 2017 and PACIFIC RIM 2 will make landfall on February 23, 2018. (Source: Coming Soon and Coming Soon)
Both sequels have fallen prey to production delays. UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS was originally set to debut later this year, on October 14, just in time for Halloween, before moving to the first weekend of the year (a date which has been rather kind to the horror genre lately). Meanwhile, PACIFIC RIM 2 was originally scheduled to premiere on April 7, 2017 before getting pushed back to August, then taken off of the schedule altogether before finally reemerging with a new director – DAREDEVIL showrunner Steven S. DeKnight, taking over for Guillermo Del Toro – and its new release date.
There was a time when a February release for a movie with blockbuster ambitions like PACIFIC RIM 2 would have been considered a death knell, but in recent years “blockbuster season” has turned into a year-round phenomenon, so it’s probably best not to make any assumptions.
Would You Kindly Play BIOSHOCK: THE COLLECTION?
Few video games have received the sort of critical, commercial and pop culture success as BIOSHOCK. The series, which transmogrifies selfish philosophies into sci-fi horror stories, has already spawned two great video games – BIOSHOCK and BIOSHOCK INFINITE – and also BIOSHOCK 2, but nobody’s perfect.
With those games now officially a part of the previous console generation, Irrational Games, 2K, and Blind Squirrel Games have formally announced the release of BIOSHOCK: THE COLLECTION, which offers remastered versions of all three installments, along with all of their additional and downloadable content (except for BIOSHOCK 2’s multiplayer gameplay). (Source: ComingSoon)
BIOSHOCK: THE COLLECTION will retail for $59.99 and will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on September 14, 2017. So if you haven’t played the first or third games in this series, you have no excuse now.
PAN’S LABYRINTH Complete Guillermo Del Toro’s Criterion Trilogy
Horror filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro has taken to Twitter in a very big way, using the platform to highlight his favorite storytellers and sometimes even make big announcements. Earlier this week he revealed that The Criterion Collection was finally going to release his Oscar-winning horror-fantasy masterpiece PAN’S LABYRINTH, featuring a stylish new cover by artist Becky Cloonan (GOTHAM ACADEMY).
The film marks Criterion’s third release of Guillermo Del Toro’s “art house” horror output (as opposed to the more populist HELLBOY or PACIFIC RIM, for example). Editions of his dreamy vampire drama CRONOS and his haunted boarding school story THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE have already been released by the celebrated distributor.
No exact release date for the Criterion edition of PAN’S LABYRINTH have been revealed, although Del Toro did reveal that it would be sometime this fall.
FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE SERIES and TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE Return to Home Video
Fans of 1980s horror television series have a lot to be happy about this week: FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE SERIES and TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE are both being released in their entirety on home video on September 6, 2016. (Source: Bloody-Disgusting)
FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE SERIES has no relation to the popular slasher movies, and instead tells the story of antique shop owners who track down cursed relics. TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE was an anthology series created by George A. Romero to capitalize on the success of his horror movie CREEPSHOW.
Both series lasted multiple seasons and have developed a fervent cult following in the decades that followed, but neither has had a proper home video release in years. No word yet on whether these sets will include special features, but just having all these episodes on your shelf is reason enough for many horror fans to celebrate.