— Shawn Montgomery (@smontgomery85) July 24, 2014
Better late than never, the post I should have written a week ago: I was assigned by WWE Studios to head down to ComicCon in San Diego, CA to run tech on the panel featuring the trailer premieres for See NoEvil 2 and Leprechaun: Origins from them and Lionsgate Films. Pretty significant since we finally unveiled the new-look Leprechaun, a total 180 from the original series. I’ve spent the past year or so finishing and delivering the film in post production so I am stoked for the result. Read on for the whole experience that was ComicCon as well as the links to the juicy stuff – trailers for both films.
First day of ComicCon and we’re off to a roaring start. Press day for both films, featuring Directors Jen and Sylvia Soska, Zach Lipovsky along with cast member and scream queen Danielle Harris, actors Kai-Erik Eriksen, Glenn “Kane” Jacobs” and Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl. Journalists from magazines and websites across the spectrum were on hand for interviews and sneak peeks. Nothing major until the big creature and mask reveals at the panel, however. The trailers were going to be the big hit.
It was bound to be a long day, however. My co-workers and I were up at 4am to hit the road from Los Angeles and car pool to San Diego. We’ve been spending weeks setting up the panel, making sure the presentation of the clips and trailers were smooth and everyone was pumped and ready to promote to great entries into the horror genre. A reboot of a fan-favorite Leprechaun franchise and a sequel to a cult classic slasher is a perfect marriage for WWE Studios and Lionsgate Entertainment. In fact, during the panel, Michael Luisi, president of WWE Studios revealed a pact between the two companies that extends to 6 action-themed feature films over the coming years, the first of which, VENDETTA, which is actually directed once again by Jen and Sylvia Soska.
When it finally came time for the panel, the room was pretty packed full of WWE Fans, horror film enthusiasts and costume-wearers. We had rehearsed for days and even hours before the event but alas, I encountered a small hiccup halfway through the panel while trying to play an exclusive clip. We recovered, however, and was able to show the piece. But the big bang is the premiere of trailers for both See No Evil 2 and Leprechaun: Origins. Check them out below, the crowd at the show loved them.
The whole day wasn’t without a little fun. I was able to check out Alien Isolation, as you can see from the tweet below. I also grabbed myself a little swag, this nice little piece, you might recognize it from Pulp Fiction. All in all it was a fun, educational, nerve-wracking, exhausting experience. Not sure I could deal with the hoopla every year but it sure does bring out the best in a lot of passionate, energetic people. Plus, the behind the scenes of it all is pretty incredible. It takes a lot to put on all of the public relations for these films, video games, TV shows and books. Incredible the way people come together for shared joy of an experience.
The Walking Dead may be the biggest show on the planet (next to Game of the Thrones) but my highlight was seeing the new cape and cowl from Zack Snyder’s Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. I personally cannot wait for this one, since all signs point to using THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS story throughout the plot. My nerd-sense is tingling! I didn’t think Man of Steel disappointed, so here’s hoping the next one is cool as well.