Fresh off the Slab Weekly Horror News: ‘The Walking Dead’ Companion Series, ’31’, ‘Leatherface’ and more!

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Apologies for missing last week all, but there is a ton of news coming our way from all things horror! News from The Walking Dead spinoff to casting details for a variety of films, it’s an amazing time to be a horror fan! Take a look below and let me know, what are you looking forward to see this year? Any predictions as to the best and worst horror films of the year?

The Walking Dead Companion Series

Well, it looks like we won’t have to wait 7 months for some more of the zombie goodness that is The Walking Dead. And we will have two full seasons of the spinoff. AMC announced that the untitled companion series has been signed off for two seasons and will be hitting television screens this summer.

The first still from the series has been released as well and you can see it here:

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Walking Dead creator and producer of the new show Robert Kirkman says

We feel empowered by this two-season commitment, a serious show of faith from our network partner AMC. I personally take it as a sign that they believe, like we do, that we’ve accomplished our goal of developing something original that can pay tribute to the original show and expand the world I created while at the same time having something new to say with this story. I’m very grateful that we now have the opportunity to tell this amazing story and show the fans that we really haven’t scratched the surface yet when it comes to The Walking Dead.

Casting Update for Rob Zombie’s 31

One thing you have to say about Rob Zombie. Once he casts you in one of McDowell31his films, he looks to keep you around to pop up in more movies after that. That’s a fairly unique approach as compared to a lot of director’s today. This casting update sticks with that trend.

After finishing up the first day of shooting, Zombie announced on social media the most recent actor to be cast. Malcolm McDowell has joined the cast as Father Murder, the owner of Murder World (where the movie is set).

Film synopsis:

Five random people are kidnapped on the five days leading up to Halloween and held hostage in a place called Murder World. While trapped inside this man-made Hell they must fight to survive playing the most violent game known to man… a game called 31.

McDowell joins Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs as “Panda,” Lords of Salem’s Judy Geeson as “Sister Dragon,”The Devil’s Rejects’ EG Daily as “Sex-Head,” Daniel Roebuck as “Pastor Victor” David Ury as “Scizo-Head” and Torsten Voges as “Death-Head.”

Leatherface

It looks like we have another casting update; this time in the shape of a potential adolescent Leatherface. James Bloor will portray the young version of the legendary killer.

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Or will he?

Earlier this week, it was announced that Sam Strike was portraying the icon. The Wrap has now revealed that the prequel will be the story of three young psychopaths, one of which grows up to become Leatherface.

Angela Bettis has also joined the cast as the Sawyer family matriarch.

From Dusk Till Dawn

imagesLet’s face it. I love Danny Trejo and I am more than excited that he will be joining the cast in Season 2 of From Dusk Till Dawn. He has been cast as “The Regulator” who is a terrifying agent of evil. Briana Evigan (Step Up 2) also joined the cast as Sonja – an American expatriate working as a tattoo artist.

The two will be joining the returning cast which is made up of D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation); Zane Holtz (Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower); Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera, “Sons of Anarchy”); Eiza González (“Lola: Érase Una Vez”); Wilmer Valderrama (“That ’70s Show”); Madison Davenport (Noah, “Shameless”); and Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, Ender’s Game).

Mortal Kombat X

To commemorate Friday the 13th (which we’ve had two excellent months of), Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios have confirmed that Jason Voorhees will be joining the Mortal Kombat X Kombat Pack. The pass will provide fans with Mortal Kombat X downloadable content which will include access to four playable characters still in development, including horror icon Jason Voorhees.

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Mortal Kombat X will be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC on April 14.

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