New York Comic Con 2012: Horror Panel Overview, EVIL DEAD, CARRIE, THE WALKING DEAD and More!

Horror fiends, behold the reviews of the sneak peeks and panel discussions of everything HORROR from NYCC. Read more to find out!

Yesterday and today I sat my butt in a surprisingly comfy chair, and listened to people talk for hours on Horror and saw many previews to movies and TV shows.

The first panel  was for Silent Hill. This is the much awaited sequel to 2006’s interpretation of the video game(s).  In attendance at this panel included Adelaide Clemens (Heather Mason), Kit Harington (Vincent), Samuel Hadida (Producer), and Michael J. Bassett (Director).  This sequel, as producer Samuel Hadida stated, came so late after because they wanted to allow enough time to pass for the daughter to grow up, who is played by Adelaide. In this installment, they decided to use the storyline of Game 3. They discussed how they researched other games, but thought the story arch of 3 was much better to tell the story they wanted to tell. they decided that in this film, they decided 3D would be better for them, as it would be able to bridge the video games and the movies better. They also claimed that it would give them a more “surrounded” feeling, as if you were actually at Silent Hill. However, they did mention that some things were changed to adapt better to the movie. They also talked about the use of CGI in the movie, and they decided that in modern-day movies, CGI is nearly impossible to avoid since filmmakers are trying to make more “fantastical” and visual movies that can’t be done with just miniatures and props. I was also able to see a preview of the movie, which was both shot and screened in 3D. They said that seen in 2D does not have the same effect as the 3D. I saw the preview in 3D and boy it looks amazing. In the preview, we see how father and daughter have tried to escape their past and keep changing their names in order to get rid of the past. However, the past catches up with them and Silent Hill wants them back. We see Heather’s struggle to remember the past and put it behind her for good.

Today was my real day of panels, and spent the entire day at the IGN theater to bring you all the first looks into what is in store for us HORROR fans! I decided to go to the IGN theater early so I could secure a spot for the most important panels: Carrie/Evil Dead and The Walking Dead panels. However, I was lucky enough to stumble upon the panel and preview for another horror/haunting movie called “The Conjuring” which is directed by James Wan (Insidious and the original Saw) . The movie is starring Patrick Wilson (who was in Insidious), Vera Faramiga (The Orphan), Lili Taylor (The Haunting), and Ron Livingston (Sex and the City). The movie is about a couple (Patrick Wilson and Vera Faramiga) who are in tune with the supernatural world and take on the task of finding out what happened in a house after a new homeowner (Lili Taylor) calls and asks for help and a few unexplained (and actually quite frightening) events occur in the new house. The scenes we saw left us wanting more horror and more…Conjuring. I am eagerly looking forward to this movie because what we saw left some people running for the door in sheer terror. And, I am not joking about that. Others screamed. I can’t wait to see this film when it comes out.

Another preview I got to catch was The Bay and that is creepy as heck. The movie is shot by 21 low-grade digital cameras (iPhones, digital camcorders, and digital cameras) and most of the cinematography was in the control of the actors. The scene we saw was about a 13 year old girl who is face timing her friend asking her what was happening to her. As she turned the camera towards herself, we see her legs and arms are covered in blisters and she’s obviously scared. We also saw another scene where a team is on a fishing boat and cuts open their catch of the day to find the fish infested with a white lice-like creature. We find out that the movie is about a quiet East Coast Bay town that is infected with these inside-t0-out flesh eating isopods that wreaking havoc on the small town. Honestly, I’m freaked out by the idea that the food we eat could make us sick in that way. Let’s say that 99% of the audience agreed with my opinion. However director Barry Levinson believed that this story needed to be told (which was actually inspired by the dirtiness of the Chesapeake Bay). This movie is not one for me, but I’m sure people who love this type of horror film, as well as the way its shot, then this is the film for you. Now I’m never going to eat fish again.

The next panel I saw that was horror related was the big ones, the Evil Dead/Carrie panels. These were EXCLUSIVE WORLD PREMIERE footage and clips and I am so happy I was able to see it.

The first half was dedicated to Carrie with stars Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz in attendance with director Kimberly Peirce and producer Kevin Misher. Unfortunately, we only got the trailer and not an extended clip. The trailer we saw was the town burning with Carrie (Chloe Grace Moretz) in the center of the town, drenched in blood. The panel then went on to discuss the difference and the challenges presented in doing a remake of the 1976 classic Carrie with Sissy Spacek. One of the obvious challenges was to create its own storyline without upstaging the original, or even disappointing its loyal fans. Kimberly Peirce said that she wanted to update and modernize Carrie, while decided to stick a bit closer to the Stephen King book. Peirce said she wanted to explore the dynamics between Carrie and her uber-religious mother  (played by Julianne Moore). The two stars said they became close during filming, and were able to put aside the joking and the fun when the cameras started to roll and Julianne needed to “abuse” Chloe. Peirce also estimated that they used about 1,000 gallons of fake blood, and also test-ran several types of blood (fire blood, thick blood, thin blood, sticky blood, runny blood, etc). Stephen King was not involved with the making of this film, but Peirce is confident that he will be happy that they stuck to the book a lot more than its original counterpart. Peirce also acknowledged the fact that the bullying aspect of the movie is at a time where there needs to be more of an awareness of the effects of bullying. She also said she specifically made sure there was a social media bullying int he movie to do just so.  I’m very excited to see more trailers and sneak peeks into this film, as I am a huge fan of the original.

And now….EVIL DEAD! This was one of the two panels I was highly anticipating (the other was The Walking Dead). I am a HUGE fan of Bruce Campbell and the Evil Dead Franchise. Like Carrie, Evil Dead fans are very loyal to the original and many were not happy to hear about the remake. However, based on the preview and extended scene I saw, they will NOT be disappointed. Attending the panel was the almighty Bruce Campbell, who served as the producer of the remake, Jane Levy (who plays a female version of Bruce’s starring role as Ash), and Fede Alvarez  (director). Bruce Campbell was quick to point out that Fede Alvarez was hand-picked by Sam Raimi himself. I am including a preview shot into the demon under the stairs (the only thing we were allowed to record or take a picture of besides the stars). The clip showed sheer terror, horror, and tons of blood. Alvarez played homage to the originals (and Bruce himself) by including iconic scenes like the tree/vine rape scene, the book of the dead, and even included Bruce’s iconic chainsaw. The images were horrific, bloody, and gory. Bruce stressed that although he loves his original role as Ash and the original films, he believes its time to pass the torch to “new, younger blood” but that “Alvarez is completely qualified and exceeded” his expectations. The movie is slated to be released in April 2013, so expect to start seeing trailers and more previews soon. This is NOT one to miss.

Last but not least, I was VERY excited to see the Walking Dead panel with Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Robert Kirkman, Chandler Riggs, Michael Rooker, David Morrisey, Danai Gurira, and producer Gale Ann Hurd. The first thing we saw was the first 2-3 minutes of the season premiere which is airing today, Sunday Oct. 14th at 9pm. The clip featured a tired and worn out looking group that included Rick, Darryl, Carol, a very pregnant Lori, Carl, T-Dog, Glen, Maggie, Beth, and Hershel. They ravage the house, first checking and killing the first zombies, and then looking for edible food. Without talking, Carl finds 2 cans of dog food and opens one, prepared to eat it and share it with his fellow hungry survivors. Rick is tired of scavenging and tosses the food away, as Darryl plucks the feathers from an owl he speared while searching for walkers. T-Dog notices more walkers outside, and before anyone can catch their breath, they quickly gather their gear and move out in their cars. We also saw the official promo for the 3rd season, which we see the introduction to The Governor (David Morriesy) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) and the subsequent new locations (The prison and Woodbury). We see that Andrea was separated from the group during the raid at Hershel’s farm and ends up in the hands of Michonne and The Governor. Robert Kirkman promised that we will see a lot of the Governor, and hopefully the TV portrayal will satisfy TWD fans, although his character is not exactly as he is portrayed in the comics. I was able to record the panel Q&A (not the footage) and will be posting the footage tomorrow. We were also told that the first episode of the new season sees more zombie kills than the ENTIRE FIRST SEASON. That’s crazy! We also see the return of Merle  Dixon. Nothing was sneak peeked about his previous whereabouts or how he got off the roof in the first season, but I’m sure our questions will get answered over the course of the 16-episode season!

Well, that about covers all the panels (I also saw a few non-horro related panels, and as a side note: if you are a fan of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, definitely grab the Blu Ray when it comes out because I saw the hour-long documentary about the history and technology of the BatMobile and I gotta say, GODDAM!

It will be featured on the combo pack, and it is definitely a must-see for Batman Fans.)   NYCC has really stepped up their exclusive material as well as their panelists and guests. I had an amazing time the past 2 days covering both the panels I needed to cover, as well as the ones I attended for fun. This was honestly my first time attending the panels at NYCC and I love getting insight into the inner-workings of movies, TV shows, the actors, and their directors/producers. Seeing sneak peeks and exclusive material isn’t a bad perk too 🙂

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