2019 New York Comic Con: What to expect at this year’s event

October 2, 2019

by Carla Hay

“Star Trek: Discovery” (Photo courtesy of CBS All Access)

The 14th annual New York Comic Con takes place October 3 to October 6 in New York City. The event is expected to draw about 250,000 people, according to ReedPOP, the company that produces the event. New York Comic Con’s main hub is at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, but there are also numerous activities taking place at several other locations in the city, including Hammerstein Ballroom, the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, the New York Public Library, the Way Station (in Brooklyn) and AMC 34th Street.

TV shows dominate the most high-profile panels and activities. New York Comic Con in 2019 also seven major exclusive TV panels: HBO’s “Watchmen,” based on the graphic-novel series; “Servant,” the Apple TV+ show from executive producer M. Night Shyamalan; the FX show “DEVS,” the first TV series from “Ex Machina” director Alex Garland; the Starz series “Outlander,” which is coming to New York Comic Con for the second year in a row; Hulu’s “Castle Rock,” which will premiere the first episode of the show’s second season; the “Star Trek” universe on CBS All Access will get a spotlight with a panel for “Star Trek: Discovery” and “Star Trek: Picard.” and a 20th anniversary panel for “Angel.”

Meanwhile,  Warner Bros. Television is having a panel for several of its shows: “Riverdale,” “Manifest,” “Roswell, New Mexico” “Batwoman” and “Harley Quinn.” There will also be a panel for the TNT series “Snowpiercer,” which is the TV version of the 2013 movie of the same name. “The Orville” will have its first New York Comic Con panel since moving from Fox to Hulu. Fans of USA Network’s  “The Purge” will get to see the first episode of the show’s second season, followed by a Q&A with the cast.

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” TV series has had a panel at New York Comic Con every year since the show debuted in 2010. The show’s 10th season (which premieres October 6, 2019) will be the first without original “Walking Dead” star Andrew Lincoln, who played “The Walking Dead” group leader Rick Grimes. Lincoln left the show in 2018, because he said he wanted to spend more time with his family. There will also be a separate panel for “The Walking Dead” universe, including the third “Walking Dead” TV series whose name is to be announced.

There are some movies due to be released in theaters that will also be showcased at the event, such as “1917,” “The King’s Man,” “Free Guy” and “The Grudge.” There will also be a panel featuring “The Lord of the Rings” hobbit actors Sean Astin and Billy Boyd, as well as a panel featuring several actresses who are the voices of Disney princesses in animated films.

Broadway shows are represented with separate panels for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” “Dear Evan Hansen” and “The Lightning Thief—The Percy Jackson Musical.” And, of course, there will be plenty of panels, exhibits and previews for comic books, video games, fantasy novels and other pop-culture attractions.

Every day during New York Comic Con, Syfy Wire on the NYCC Live Stage (at Booth 174) will have brief interviews with the talent appearing on the panels. It’s an opportunity to get an intimate, close-up look at the talent, but seating is limited. Click here for the NYCC Live Stage schedule.

And it wouldn’t be a Comic Con without cosplaying and merchandise sales. The Cosplay Central area returns for its second year at the River Pavilion of the fourth floor of the Javits Convention Center. While at Cosplay Central, cosplayers can mingle, pose for photos, use the dressing rooms and attend panel discussions. New York Comic Con also has an enormous amount of merchandise for sale for numerous types of entertainment.

ANIME FEST

(Image courtesy of Anime Fest)

As previously reported, For the second year in a row, New York Comic Con has partnered with Anime Expo to create Anime Fest, which will take place on the same days as New York Comic Con 2019 in New York City: October 3 to October 6. Anime Fest is a separate event that will be held at Hudson Mercantile. It’s a change in venue from the 2018 Anime Expo, which was held at Pier 94. The good news is that Hudson Mercantile is much closer to the Javits Convention Center than Pier 94.

AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS AND PHOTO OPS

Several stars from movies and TV shows will have individual autograph sessions and/or photo opportunities with fans. They include:

  • Tom Hiddleston (“Thor,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” “The Avengers” and the upcoming Disney+ “Loki” series) on October 3 and October 4.
  •  Paul Rudd (“Ant-Man,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Avengers: Endgame”) on October 3 and October 4.
  • Billy Dee Williams (“The Empire Strikes Back,” “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”) on October 3, October 4 and October 5.
  • Amy Acker (“The Gifted,” “Person of Interest,” “Angel”) on October 4, October 5 and October 6.
  • Benedict Wong (“Doctor Strange,” “Deadly Class”) on October 3, October 4 and October 5.
  • Billy Boyd (“The Lord of the Rings” movie series) on October 4, October 5 and October 6.
  • Anika Noni Rose (“The Princess and the Frog”) on October 4, October 5, and October 6.
  • James Marsden (“Angel,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) on October 3, October 4, October 5, and October 6.
  • Charisma Carpenter (“Angel,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) on October 3, October 4, October 5, and October 6.
  • Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek” original series) on October 3, October 4, October 5, and October 6.
  • Christopher Eccleston (“Doctor Who,” “The Leftovers”) on October 3 and October 4.
  • Tom Kenny (“SpongeBob SquarePants”) on October 3, October 4, October 5, and October 6.

TELEVISION AND WEB SERIES PANELS

“The Purge”

October 3, 2019, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Hammerstein Ballroom

Based on the popular film franchise, USA Network’s “The Purge” is back! In Season 2 of the hit anthology series, we will finally discover what happens the other 364 days of the year, which will leave you asking: does what happens on Purge night really stay on Purge night? Don’t miss the premiere screening of the first episode from the new season, followed by an exclusive Q&A with the executive producers (including creator James DeMonaco, Krystal Houghton Ziv and James Roland) and stars Derek Luke, Paola Nuñez, Joel Allen and Rochelle Aytes.

“RWBY Volume 7”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPc7OLVc_Yk

October 3, 2019, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Hammerstein Ballroom

The cast and crew of “RWBY” return to New York Comic Con with an early look at the upcoming Volume 7, world premiere reveals, news, and more!

“Servant”

October 3, 2019, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Hammerstein Ballroom

An exclusive event with master storyteller M. Night Shyamalan as he introduces Servant, a new psychological thriller series coming to Apple TV+. “Servant” follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home. Please join M. Night Shyamalan, Tony Basgallop, and the cast including Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, Nell Tiger Free, and Rupert Grint.

“Big Mouth”

October 3, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Main Stage 1-D – Javits Center

Get comfortable being uncomfortable with your favorite puberty-driven animated series “Big Mouth”! Join Nick Kroll and cast, along with executive producers as they take on NYCC with hilarious clips and commentary from the highly-anticipated third season. Filled with complicated friendships, hormone monsters, musical numbers, and everything in between, “Big Mouth” is bringing its most heartwarming and raunchy moments to Comic-Con with a super-sized panel not to be missed.

“Marvel’s Runaways”

October 4, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

“Marvel’s Runaways” is headed back to Madison Square Garden with an action-packed panel you won’t want to miss! Be the first to experience the premiere episode of the highly-anticipated third season with the stars and creative forces of Marvel’s Runaways. After the exclusive screening, join Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television, along with the cast and executive producers, to discuss what’s to come in Season 3. All episodes of Marvel’s Runaways Season 3 drop on December 13, 2019, only on Hulu.

“Watchmen”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-33JCGEGzwU

October 4, 2019, 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM

Main Stage 1-D – Javits Center

Set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, HBO’s upcoming series “Watchmen” embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name while breaking new ground of its own. From the co-creator of “The Leftovers,” Damon Lindelof’s new series is set in contemporary 2019 where roughly 30 years have passed since the original “Watchmen” story. Please join producers Lindelof, Nicole Kassell, series stars Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Hong Chau for an exclusive sneak peek of the first episode of the HBO series followed by a panel discussion.

“The Walking Dead” Universe

October 5, 2019, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

“The Walking Dead”

The Walking Dead is a story that started 10 years ago with one man trying to find his family. That family grew and gradually communities took shape. They fought and survived, thrived and gave birth to a new generation. Season 10 picks up a few months from where we left off, with the collected communities still dealing with the after effects of Alpha and the Whisperers horrific display of power, reluctantly respecting the new borderlines being imposed on them, all while organizing themselves into a militia-style fight force, preparing for a battle that may be unavoidable. The Whisperers are a threat unlike any they have ever faced, and the very idea of whether civilization can survive in a world filled with the dead hangs in the balance. The series’ milestone 10th season returns on October 6, 2019.

“TWD3”

The untitled third series in the Walking Dead Universe will focus on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse.

“Angel” 20th Anniversary Reunion

October 5, 2019, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Hammerstein Ballroom

On October 5, 1999, “Angel,” the incredible spin-off from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” debuted. On October 5, 2019, we reassemble the cast on the stage of the Hammerstein Ballroom to honor a truly groundbreaking show on its 20th Anniversary. Moderated by Clare Kramer (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”).

Amazon Prime Video: “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” and “The Expanse”

October 5, 2019, 10:45 AM – 1:30 PM

Main Stage 1D – Javits Center

Join stars and producers from Amazon Prime Video’s Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” and “The Expanse” for world premiere screenings and individual Q&A sessions on the Javits Main Stage.

“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”: Season 2 World Premiere Screening and Q&A

Join the cast of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, including John Krasinski, Noomi Rapace and Michael Kelly, for the world premiere screening of Season Two’s action-packed first episode. After tracking a potentially suspicious shipment of illegal arms in the Venezuelan jungle, CIA Officer Jack Ryan (Krasinski) heads down to South America to investigate. As Jack’s investigation threatens to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy, the President of Venezuela launches a counter-attack that hits home for Jack, leading him and his fellow operatives on a global mission spanning the United States, UK, Russia, and Venezuela to unravel the President’s nefarious plot and bring stability to a country on the brink of chaos. The second season of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan will premiere November 1, 2019, on Amazon Prime Video.

“The Expanse”: Season 4 World Premiere Screening and Q&A

“The Expanse” will host a world premiere screening of the first episode from the Amazon Prime Video series’ highly-anticipated fourth season! Season 4 marks a new chapter for the crew of the Rocinante, as they join the land rush and embark on a U.N. mission to explore the newly discovered, Earth-like planets that exist beyond the Ring Gate. The first planet to be settled, Ilus, is one rich with natural resources, but it’s also scarred by the ruins of a long dead alien civilization. While Earthers, Martians and Belters maneuver to colonize Ilus and its natural resources, tensions rise between the opposing nations, but these early explorers don’t understand the true threat of this new world and are unaware of the larger dangers that await them. Following the premiere screening, join the series stars and showrunner for an in-depth conversation and exciting updates about what fans can expect when the new season launches on Amazon Prime Video on December 13, 2019.

“Snowpiercer”

October 5, 2019, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Hammerstein Ballroom

Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, “Snowpiercer” centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a 1001 car, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out in this riveting television adaptation, produced by Tomorrow Studios, based on the acclaimed movie and graphic novel series of the same name. TBS offers a brand-new sneak peek of the highly anticipated post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller along with a panel featuring stars Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Alison Wright, Mickey Sumner, Lena Hall, Sheila Vand, Steven Ogg and EP / showrunner Graeme Manson.

“DEVS”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24Fb17q7Y8o

October 5, 2019, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Hammerstein Ballroom

From visionary screenwriter/director/filmmaker Alex Garland (“Ex Machina,” “Annihilation”) comes FX’s “DEVS,” a high-tech suspense thriller about a young software engineer who investigates the secretive development division of her employer, which she believes is behind the murder of her boyfriend. Please join Alex Garland and cast for an exclusive sneak peek and must-see conversation about this electrifying new limited series. “DEVS” premieres on FX in 2020.

“Star Trek” Universe

October 5, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Over 50 years ago, the world was first introduced to what would quickly become a cultural phenomenon for the ages. “Star Trek” broke barriers then and continues to do so now, inspiring people of all generations and walks of life with its celebration of cultural diversity, scientific exploration and the pursuit of uncharted frontiers. Today, the “Star Trek” universe continues to thrive, exploring all new missions for Starfleet. CBS All Access invites you to join Sonequa Martin-Green, cast and producers of its hit “Star Trek” series including “Star Trek: Discovery” and Sir Patrick Stewart, cast and producers from the highly anticipated “Star Trek: Picard.”

“Castle Rock”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bytPaQ5I8U

October 5, 2019, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

J.J. Abrams and Stephen King’s hit psychological horror series returns! Set in the Stephen King multiverse, “Castle Rock” combines the mythological scale and intimate storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine forestland. In season two, a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes, Stephen King’s nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock. Panelists include series stars Lizzy Caplan, Tim Robbins, Paul Sparks, Yusra Warsama, Barkhad Abdi, Matthew Alan and Elsie Fisher, along with co-creator and showrunner Dustin Thomason. Castle Rock premieres Wednesday, October 23, 2019, only on Hulu.

“Outlander”

October 5, 2019, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Join the creators and cast of the hit STARZ Original Series for a discussion on the series so far and what is to come in Season Five.

“The Walking Dead”

October 5, 2019, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

AMC Presents a special advance screening of the Season 10 premiere of “The Walking Dead.”

Warner Bros. Television: “Riverdale,” “Manifest,” “Roswell, New Mexico” “Harley Quinn,” “Batwoman”

October 6, 2019, 10:30 AM – 2:45 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

“Riverdale” Special Video Presentation and Q&A

10:30 AM–11:30 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4LHLj6Bf5E

Now that the Gargoyle King has been revealed, The Black Hood is dead and Hiram is in jail, can Archie and the gang have a normal senior year? Riverdale returns for its second appearance at New York Comic Con, to discuss the new mysteries of season four, including the shocking finale flash forward and what it means for Jughead and the others. Join us for a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars Mädchen Amick, Marisol Nichols, Mark Consuelos and Skeet Ulrich and executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. “Riverdale’s” Season 4 returns October 9, airing Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.

“Manifest” Special Video Presentation and Q&A

11:35 AM –12:05 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Issehc3pOUI

Last season’s breakout hit drama returns with more heart-pounding mystery and answers to some of last season’s biggest questions! When Montego Air Flight 828 landed safely in New York after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew and passengers were relieved. Yet in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years and their friends, families and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on. Now, faced with the impossible, they’re all given a second chance. Join the series cast and executive producer/creator Jeff Rake, as they delve even further into the mystery of Flight 828, and offer a special sneak peek at some exclusive new footage! “Manifest’s” second season will air midseason on NBC.

“Roswell, New Mexico” Special Video Presentation and Q&A

12:10 PM – 1:00 PM

Following the shocking season one finale, where Max used his powers to resurrect Rosa while not realizing that he was sacrificing his own life in the process, join “Roswell, New Mexico” as it returns for its second appearance at New York Comic Con! In season two, Liz mourns her lost love by seeking comfort in science, both earthly and extraterrestrial, as Rosa turns to Kyle to help her find her place in the unfamiliar territory of 2019. In their grief, Isobel explores potentially dangerous methods of self-defense, and Michael spirals into some old bad habits, putting his relationships with Maria and Alex at risk. Join us for a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars Jeanine Mason, Nathan Dean Parsons, Michael Vlamis, Lily Cowles and Tyler Blackburn and executive producers Carina Adly MacKenzie, Chris Hollier and Julie Plec. “Roswell, New Mexico” will return midseason on The CW.

“Harley Quinn” Screening

1:05 PM – 1:30 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS-xdZIZgII

Catch an early look at this upcoming adult animated action-comedy series coming soon to DC Universe. Harley Quinn puts everyone’s favorite Gotham villainess front and center as Harley has finally broken things off with the Joker and attempts to make it on her own as the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City. Voicing the title role of Harley Quinn, Kaley Cuoco (“The Big Bang Theory”) leads an all-star comedic voice cast which includes Lake Bell (“Bless This Mess”), Alan Tudyk (“Doom Patrol”), Tony Hale (“Veep”), Ron Funches (“Powerless”), JB Smoove (“Spider-Man: Far From Home”), Jason Alexander (“Seinfeld”), Diedrich Bader (“Veep”), Chris Meloni (“Happy!”), Jim Rash (“Community”), Wanda Sykes (“Black-ish”) and so many more.

“Batwoman” Pilot Screening and Q&A

1:35 PM – 2:45 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOGTn3TT1Mw

Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope. Join cast and producers for a screening of the pilot, followed by a Q&A. From executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl”), Caroline Dries (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Smallville”), Geoff Johns (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Titans”) and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl”). The cast includes Ruby Rose (“Orange Is the New Black,” “The Meg,” “XXX: Return of Xander Cage”), Rachel Skarsten (“Reign,” “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Lost Girl”), Meagan Tandy (“Survivor’s Remorse,” “UnREAL,” “Teen Wolf”), Nicole Kang (“You”), Camrus Johnson (“Luke Cage,” “The Sun Is Also a Star”), Elizabeth Anweis (“Twin Peaks”) and Dougray Scott (“Taken 3,” “Hitman,” “Mission: Impossible 2”). Marcos Siega (“You,” “God Friended Me,” “Blindspot”) directed the pilot, for which he also served as executive producer alongside David Nutter (“Game of Thrones,” “Arrow,” “The Flash”). “Batwoman” premieres October 6, 2019. airing Sundays at 8/7c on The CW.

In addition, Sunday’s Warner Bros. Television Block will also include exclusive footage into the upcoming seasons of “Black Lightning” (returning Monday, October 7, 2019, at 9/8c on The CW), “Katy Keene” (premieres midseason on The CW), “Legacies” (returning Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 9/8c on The CW) and “Prodigal Son” (Mondays at 9/8c on Fox), as well as the current second season of Titans (now streaming on DC Universe).

“DreamWorks’ She-Ra and the Princesses of Power”

October 6, 2019, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Main Stage 1D – Javits Center

Join cast and creators for a discussion of the hit animated series. Panelists include A.J. Michalka, Aimee Carrero, Karen Fukuhara, Krutika Mallikarjuna, Lauren Ash and Marcus Scribner.

“Batman Beyond” 20th Anniversary

October 6, 2019, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Main Stage 1D – Javits Center

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, “Batman Beyond” won two Emmy Awards and three Annie Awards as it captured the imaginations of a new generation of Batman fans, setting new standards for super hero storytelling with innovative designs, outstanding voice acting and an intriguing approach to DC’s iconic characters and stories. The series also spawned an acclaimed animated film, “Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.” Come celebrate the series’ 20th anniversary and its upcoming remastered Blu-ray box set release with key members of the Batman Beyond creative team, led by the voices of Batman & Terry McGinnis – Kevin Conroy (“Batman: The Animated Series”) and Will Friedle (“Boy Meets World,” “Kim Possible”). “Batman Beyond: The Complete Series Deluxe Limited Edition” box set arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting October 15, 2019 and in a stunning Blu-ray box set on October 29, 2019.

“The Orville”

October 6, 2019, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Main Stage 1D – Javits Center

Emmy-nominated series “The Orville” is back for season 3 and heading to New York! Join the dynamic crew of the U.S.S. Orville: Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, Jessica Szohr, J Lee, Mark Jackson & Chad L. Coleman and Executive Producers David A. Goodman, Jon Cassar & Brannon Braga to celebrate the show and learn about its exciting, new adventures on Hulu!

In addition, these TV shows or web series will be showcased with panels at New York Comic Con this year:

  • “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”
  • “The Banana Splits Movie”
  • “Castlevania”
  • “Charmed”
  • “Creepshow”
  • “Daybreak”
  • “Dragon Ball Super”
  • “The Dragon Prince”
  • “Emergence”
  • “Evil”
  • “For All Mankind”
  • “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”
  • “Impractical Jokers”
  • “Impulse”
  • “The Last Kids on Earth”
  • “Lincoln”
  • “Lost in Space”
  • “Nancy Drew”
  • “neXt”
  • “Pandora”
  • “Primal”
  • “Reprisal”
  • “Resident Alien”
  • “Robot Chicken”
  • “Seis Manos”
  • “Steven Universe”
  • “Tell Me a Story”
  • “Wonder Woman: Bloodline”
  • “Wynonna Earp”

MOVIE PANELS

“1917”

AMC 34th Street

October 3, 2019, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Sam Mendes, the Academy Award-winning director of “Skyfall,” “Spectre” and “American Beauty,” legendary Academy Award winning cinematographer Roger Deakins and more take you behind the scenes of their thrilling new epic, “1917,” about two young British soldiers on an impossible mission, in a race against time, to cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack.

“The King’s Man” and “Free Guy”

October 3, 2019, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Main Stage 1-D – Javits Center

20th Century Fox will be at New York Comic Con with Criminal Masterminds, British Intelligence Agents, Despondent Bank Tellers & Biker Girls for An Insider’s Look at “The King’s Man” and “Free Guy.” This panel will introduce both films and feature exclusive conversations with the cast and filmmakers. “The King’s Man” is Matthew Vaughn’s origin story of Britain’s very first independent intelligence agency hitting theaters in February 2020. “Free Guy” is an adventure-comedy directed by Shawn Levy starring Ryan Reynolds as a forlorn bank teller who discovers he is a background character in an open world video game, in theaters in July 2020.

“The Grudge” (2020)

October 3, 2019, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Main Stage 1-D – Javits Center

Sony Pictures presents “The Grudge,” a reimagining of the horror classic. Appearing in person: producer Sam Raimi and cast members Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye, Nicolas Pesce and Andrea Riseborough.

“Murder in the Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JImsHFVztGI

October 3, 2019, 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM

Room 1A21 – Javits Center

Join us to celebrate the theatrical release of “Murder in the Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story”! Based off the 2012 photojournal of the same name, the documentary contains over fifty interviews with various metal stalwarts, (including Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament and Death Angel), telling its tall tales through a mix of first-person interviews, animation and narration by comedian Brian Posehn. In addition to never-before-seen clips, we’ll talk with our headbanging panelists about metal music’s influence within today’s comic con culture. NO BALLADS!!!

*All panel descriptions are courtesy of New York Comic Con.

2018 Halloween Horror Nights: The Horrors of Blumhouse has mazes for ‘Happy Death Day,’ ‘The First Purge,’ ‘Unfriended,’ ‘Truth or Dare’

August 20, 2018

Horrors of Blumhouse
(Photo courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort)

The following is a press release from Universal Studios Hollywood:

“The Horrors of Blumhouse” makes an encore performance at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights, bringing leading producer of horror Jason Blum’s blockbusters to life in all-new mazes at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, beginning Friday, September 14.

Partnering with the creative minds at Blumhouse Productions (Get Out, Insidious, Split), Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort will unleash a series of Blum’s most terrifying films at the nation’s most intense and immersive Halloween events.

(Photo courtesy of Universal Studios Hollywood)

At Universal Studios Hollywood, “The Horrors of Blumhouse: Chapter Two” maze takes guests on a terrifying journey that begins at the entrance to a dilapidated movie theatre, where a compilation of horror films play out in real life. In Blumhouse’s “Truth or Dare,” guests will succumb to an ancient curse that has been unleashed by a group of unsuspecting college students….forcing them to play a game where the stakes are life and death. In “Unfriended,” guests become pawns to a supernatural entity that has invaded a chat room. Drawing inspiration from Blumhouse Productions’ infamous opening title sequence, the final feature will lure guests into a creepy old house to answer desperate cries of help…only to discover that they have actually entered a paranormal world where real-life nightmares threaten to trap them forever in misery.

At Universal Orlando Resort, “The Horrors of Blumhouse” maze will bring guests face-to-face with the most gruesome scenes from the déjà vu thriller “Happy Death Day,” as well as from “The First Purge,” the newly released prequel to “The Purge” series. In “Happy Death Day,” guests will be transported to the film’s college town, where they will be forced to relive the last day of a student’s life over and over again…until she breaks the murderous cycle. Then, in “The First Purge,” guests will run for their lives as menacing citizens from the film hunt them as part of the first barbaric government experiment where all crime is declared legal for 12 hours.

Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 25 years, guests from around the world have visited Halloween Horror Nights to become victims inside their own horror film. Multiple movie-quality mazes based on iconic horror television shows, films and original stories come to life season after season. And, the streets of each park’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing scare-actors lunge from every darkened corner.

For more information about Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com. Additional details about the events will be revealed soon. All tickets and vacation packages are now on sale.

 

2018 Comic-Con International: USA Network presents ‘The Purge’ panel and activation

July 10, 2018

The following is a press release from USA Network:

USA Network is coming to San Diego Comic-Con this year with an immersive activation and panel for the eagerly awaited television series “The Purge.” Based on the worldwide phenomenon film franchise, the series will debut on USA on Tuesday, September 4 at 10/9c. “The First Purge” is now in theaters.

On Thursday, July 19, USA will open the doors of America’s first “Purge City” store, an immersive experience in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp District, to the public. Transporting fans into the world of “The Purge,” “Purge City” is a tongue-in-cheek, one-stop shop for the perfect Purge Night, where friendly “Purge City” staff help visitors browse the aisles for items from emergency candles to masks to energy drinks – to help citizens stay safe and awake for the 12 hours of annual lawlessness.

Shoppers can also enjoy Purge photo opportunities and browse an area dedicated to the political rise of the New Founding Fathers of America, from the first Purge experiment on Staten Island to subsequent annual Purge Nights. “Purge City” will be open for business at 215 Tony Gwynn Drive – from Thursday, July 19 through Saturday, July 21 from 11 AM until 7 PM and Sunday, July 22 from 11 AM until 4 PM.

On Saturday, July 21 from 5:15-6:15 PM (Room 6BCF at the San Diego Convention Center), producer Jason Blum and the creators of the blockbuster film franchise will come together for a special panel that gives an exclusive inside look into how they’re expanding “The Purge’s” universe into television. Cast members from both the hit new feature film “The First Purge” – currently in theaters – and the upcoming television series will also be on hand to offer their own perspectives on the world.

Panelists include Blum (“Get Out,” “Split”), founder of Blumhouse Productions and producer of “The Purge” film franchise and the all-new series; premiere episode director Anthony Hemingway (“Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.”); franchise creator James DeMonaco, executive producer of “The Purge” films and “The Purge” series; “The First Purge” star Lex Scott Davis (“SuperFly”); film franchise and “The Purge” series producer Brad Fuller (“A Quiet Place,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”); “The Purge” series showrunner Tom Kelly; and “The Purge” series stars Amanda Warren, Gabriel Chavarria and Fiona Dourif. Moderated by Ryan Turek from Shock Waves Podcast.

About “The Purge” Series:

Simulcast Premiere on USA Network and SYFY on Tuesday, 9/4 at 10/9c

Based on the hit movie franchise from Blumhouse Productions, “The Purge” revolves around a 12-hour period when all crime, including murder, is legal. Set in an altered America ruled by a totalitarian political party, the series follows several seemingly unrelated characters living in a small city. As the clock winds down, each character is forced to reckon with their past as they discover how far they will go to survive the night. “The Purge” is written and executive produced by the film franchise creator James DeMonaco and led by Jason Blum. Additionally, the entire team behind the blockbuster franchise ?are on board to executive produce: Michael Bay with Brad Fuller and Andrew Form under the Platinum Dunes banner and Sébastien K. Lemercier. Thomas Kelly serves as executive producer/showrunner of the series. Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R) -winner Anthony Hemingway will direct and executive produce the premiere episode.

About USA Network

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2017 Halloween Horror Nights: ‘The Horrors of Blumhouse’ mazes added at Universal Studios Hollywood and Orlando

August 29, 2017

The following is a press release from Halloween Horror Nights:

Jason Blum, one of today’s most prolific producers of contemporary horror films, brings his signature movies to life in the uniquely distinctive “The Horrors of Blumhouse” maze at this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” event at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, beginning Friday, September 15.

Based on “The Purge,” “Sinister” and “Insidious” franchises, as well as the upcoming thriller “Happy Death Day,” Blumhouse Productions (“Split,” “Get Out,” “Whiplash “), is teaming with the creative minds behind the nation’s most intense and immersive Halloween event to unleash three twisted Blumhouse films in one bone-chilling experience at each Halloween destination.

At Universal Studios Hollywood, legions of terrified guests will come face-to-face with the most iconic and unnerving moments from the blockbuster “The Purge” franchise, “Sinistermovies and soon-to-be released “Happy Death Day.” In The Purge, guests will attempt to survive the night as they are immersed in the film’s depraved world, where all crime is declared legal as part of the government’s annually sanctioned 12-hour Purge. In what can be described as a living trailer for “Happy Death Day,” guests will experience a deja-vu scenario as they are forced to relive the last day of their lives over and over again in an attempt to escape a masked killer. The final nightmare will unmask itself in Sinister, where guests will encounter an ancient pagan deity who is determined to trap them in the sordid shadow world of the dead…for all eternity.

“It’s a privilege to collaborate with Jason Blum and his team at Blumhouse Productions to create ‘The Horrors of Blumhouse,’” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.” “The decisive, inventive way in which he interprets underlying issues plaguing today’s society into his films provides us with a plethora of content to create truly captivating, one-of-a-kind modern horror experiences for our guests.”

Upon entering “The Horrors of Blumhouse” maze at Universal Orlando Resort, guests will attempt to survive three of the most menacing anthologies in the Blumhouse assemblage. First, guests will face the horror of becoming stars in the next home murder movie of the menacing demon Bughuul, from the infamous “Sinister” franchise. Then, they’ll run for their lives to escape the gang of bloodthirsty home invaders from the first installment of “The Purge” saga. Finally, guests will be thrust into the Further from the “Insidious” legend, where they’ll come face-to-face with the paralyzing Lipstick-Face Demon from Chapter 1 and witness Dr. Elise Rainier’s own personal hauntings from her nightmarish childhood in a first-look at “Insidious: Chapter 4” – in theaters January 5, 2018.

“We’re thrilled to bring the terrifying vision of Jason Blum and the Blumhouse Productions team to life on an even grander scale at Halloween Horror Nights 2017,” said Charles Gray, Show Director for Creative Development, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort. “He is the modern voice of horror, whose films run the gamut of intense, in-your-face terror – and this year, we’re taking our guests deeper into the horrific world of Blumhouse than ever before.”

“We are so excited to expand our collaboration with the terrific creative team at ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ this year,” commented Blum. “With ‘The Horrors of Blumhouse’ maze, people will be able to fully immerse themselves into the cinematic worlds of our most terrifying films – with bone-chilling results.”

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 20 years, guests from around the world have visited Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood and Orlando to become victims inside their own horror film. The streets of each coast’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing “scare-actors” lunge from every darkened corner. Multiple movie-quality haunted houses are erected throughout the event, based on everything from iconic slasher films to hit horror television series to haunting original stories.

Additional details about Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” will be revealed soon. For more information about Halloween Horror Nights at either Universal Studios Hollywood or Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

2017 Halloween Horror Nights: ‘Trick ‘r Treat,’ ‘The Purge,’ ‘Invasion!,’ ‘Altars of Horror’ announced for Universal Studios Orlando

August 17, 2017

Halloween Horror Nights 2017
Halloween Horror Nights 2017(Photo courtesy of NBCUniversal)

The following is a press release from Universal Studios:

Beginning September 15, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights will bring unimaginable horrors to life in five spine-chilling “scare zones” filled with menacing scareactors that stalk guests’ as their prey.

This year, these horrifying street experiences will live within a collection of the most unearthly and macabre terrors called The Festival of the Deadliest. From the depths where nightmares are born, this horrifying “scare zone” is an ancient tradition filled with hellish wonders that are hard to resist and impossible to escape. This ghastly collection of madmen and monsters from beyond the veil have joined together to revel in firelight and create the ultimate afterlife of fright. And this is just the beginning.

Once guests enter this hallowed celebration of blood and bone, their nightmares will never end as they’ll attempt to survive two unique “scare zones” based on two celebrated horror films – iconic Halloween film Trick ‘r Treat and popular film franchise The Purge – as well as two additional original “scare zones” reaped from the twisted minds of Universal Orlando’s Entertainment Team. Joining these horrific street experiences are nine disturbingly real haunted houses and two outrageous live shows – creating the ultimate Halloween event that no soul can survive.

•    Trick ‘r Treat: Inspired by the iconic horror film from Legendary Pictures and directed by Michael Dougherty, guests will be thrust into the traditions of Halloween with an authentic showcase to celebrate the haunted holiday. Surrounded by jack-o’-lanterns and door steps awaiting trick-or-treaters, the infamous Sam will be lurking in the shadows to strictly enforce the rules of Halloween – and those who disobey will pay the price…
•    The Purge: An American tradition returns to the streets of Halloween Horror Nights with the annual Purge set to commence. This gory “scare zone” will feature the return of fan-favorite characters from the film saga and the notorious victim auction whose bidders want nothing more than to exercise their right to Purge.
•    INVASION!: Guests will become the grotesque human experiments of fearless alien scientists who continue to plan the preeminent destruction of planet Earth.
•    Altars of Horror: Guests will come face-to-face with some of the most horrifying characters found in this year’s assemblage of haunted mazes – based on iconic horror films and terrifying hit TV shows.

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights will also feature two incredible live shows. This year, Academy of the Villains returns for a second consecutive year with an all-new show, ACADEMY OF VILLAINS: AFTERLIFE – incorporating fearsome elements from this year’s Festival of the Deadliest “scare zone.” Plus, after 26 years of Excellent Halloween Adventures, Bill and Ted are bringing their Farewell Tour to Halloween Horror Nights.

Additional details on this year’s event will be announced soon. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando.

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