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Chilling NYCC Horror Panels You Won't Want to Miss This Weekend

Exclusive screenings, genre deep-dives, Q&As, and more!

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New York Comic Con—the beloved younger (and smaller) sibling of the massive San Diego Comic Con—is an annual haven for geeks, super fans, and collectors. But it's not just brimming with science fiction and fantasy. This year, the convention is being held at the Javits' Center from October 6th to October 9th, and there's a very healthy lineup of horror content to foam at the mouth over.

From comics to books to TV and movies—and even to broadway!—those of us who are drawn to the dark and disturbing will be sure to get our fill. Check out these must-see panels for any horror fan!

NYCC, Thursday

Heavy Metal State of the Union—3:00 PM to 4:00 PM in Room 408

Heavy Metal has been the premiere home for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror for 45 years. From the world's greatest illustrated magazine to comics to the legendary animated film. But what's next? Join some of the biggest names at HM as they discuss the future of the legendary brand.

Featuring Blake Northcott, Tommy Coriale, Matthew Medney, Kris Longo, and Joseph Illidge.

One of Us is Lying—5:00 PM  to 6:00 PM in Room 401

Panel with the cast and showrunner to discuss where we left off in season one and tease season two, which will exclusively drop on Peacock on Oct. 20 2022.

Garbage Pail Kids: A Gross Out Update—5:15 PM to 6:15 PM in Room 1B03

Gross has never been so tasty! Join the team behind The Garbage Pail Kids Cookbook and the Garbage Pail Kids books, Goosebumps creator R.L. Stine, chef Elisabeth Weinberg, author and producer Matt Stine, and celebrated illustrator Joe Simko as they reveal the gory details and behind-the-scenes stories of creating these repulsive projects, sure to appeal to every generation of Garbage Pail Kids fans.

 Moderated by ABRAMS Editorial Director Charles Kochman.

Significant Other World Premiere Screening & Panel—6:30 PM to 8:30 PM in Room 401

Panel with the cast and creators of the high-concept thriller Significant Other. Starring Jake Lacy (White Lotus) and Maika Monroe (It Follows) with directors/writers Dan Berk and Robert Olsen (Villains; Body).

Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches—7:00 PM to 8:00 PM on the Main Stage*

Based on Lives of the Mayfair Witches, the best-selling Anne Rice trilogy, Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches is a new contemporary gothic romance series with a propulsive mystery set in a decaying mansion in New Orleans’ Garden District. Join the EPs and cast as they discuss the creative process and bringing these characters from page to screen, as well as share some behind-the-scenes anecdotes from filming in New Orleans. Plus, we will reveal an exclusive asset from the series, which will be debuting in early 2023.

*This panel requires a reservation which, as of this writing, is still available. If no reservations are available, a small stand-by line will be set up on the day of the panel.

Netflix Presents: The Midnight Club—7:30 PM to 9:00 PM in Room 405

Want to hear a scary story? As the clock ticks down to midnight for the launch of The Midnight Club on Netflix, you can be among the first to see the World Premiere at New York Comic Con. Following the screening, join series creator Mike Flanagan, and special guests, for what promises to be a thrilling panel.

NYCC, Friday

Exclusive Author Panel: The Rise of Queer Horror—11:15 AM to 12:15 PM in Room 1B03

Queer horror is on the rise in a BIG way and we are HERE for it! Explore a new era of queer horror for readers with authors who explore identity and the queer experience break their LGBTQIA+ characters away from the past damaging stereotypes and emerge as proud fierce multidimensional characters…while scaring the hell out of you, of course. Featuring debut authors that are ushering in a new era of queer horror for teens and adults: Kayla Cottingham (My Dearest Darkest) Vincent Tirado (Burn Down Rise Up) and Katrina Monroe (They Drown our Daughters).

Turn Out The Lights! With The Ghost Brothers—10:45 AM to 11:45 AM in Room 401

As the first and only black paranormal investigators Dalen Spratt, Juwan Mass, and Marcus Harvey are seeking the truth in the spiritual realm, and with multiple TV series plus a podcast, the trio has a lot to share from their supernatural haunts and jaunts. The Brothers will give fans exclusive intel on the new season of their hit discovery+ series Ghost Brothers: Lights Out, their wildest ghost hunts, and what their paranormal work means to them. Fans in the room will also receive an exclusive giveaway. Come venture into the unknown with Ghost Brothers!

Also featuring Karama Horne aka theblerdgurl.

Playbill presents Beetlejuice On Broadway Panel—12:15 PM to 1:15 PM in Room 401

Big musical comedy is alive—or should we say, undead—on Broadway! Based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved film, Beetlejuice tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose whole life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and a demon with a thing for stripes. With an irreverent book, an astonishing set, and a score that’s out of this Netherworld, Beetlejuice is “A FEAST FOR THE EYES AND SOUL!” (Entertainment Weekly). Trust us—this panel is sure to raise your spirits!

Chucky Season 2: Cast Conversation and Exclusive Sneak Peek—2:30 PM to 3:30 PM on the Empire Stage*

Your friend ’till the end is back with a vengeance, ready to add new and returning favorites to his kill list! Chucky creator Don Mancini is joined by series cast members Jennifer Tilly (Tiffany Valentine), Zackary Arthur (Jake Wheeler), and other surprise guests to answer your burning questions and give you an exclusive sneak peek of the new season’s second episode before it airs on October 12th. Chucky airs Wednesdays at 9PM on USA & SYFY.

*This panel requires a reservation which, as of this writing, is no longer available. However, a small stand-by line will be set up on the day of the panel.

Scary books for the ages: A conversation with R.L. Stine and James Howe—2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Room 1C03

Goosebumps! Bunnicula! The brilliant minds of R.L. Stine and James Howe have created spooky books and characters that have been beloved by readers of all ages! There’s no better way to celebrate the Halloween season than by joining an amazing conversation between two legends—bringing both the scares and the laughs.

Lifelong fan Liberty Hardy (Book Riot senior contributing editor) will facilitate the exchange.

Leaning in to the Witchy—5:15 PM to 6:15 PM in Room 1B03

Enjoy a tasty brew of witchcraft, magic, and practitioners conjured up by Celestine Martin (Witchful Thinking), Andy Mientus (Fraternity), Susan Dennard (The Luminaries), Scarlett St. Clair (When Stars Come Out) and Jenna Evans Welch (Spells for Lost Things), with Liberty Hardy (Book Riot Senior Contributing Editor) stirring the conversational pot.

Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! Screening—4:45 PM to 6:45 PM in Room 401

Don your Halloween costume, and celebrate the spooky season with Scooby and the Mystery Inc. crew! Join us for an exclusive Scoobtober treat (no tricks, we promise)—the premiere screening of the all-new animated adventure, Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! Enjoy games, goodies, giveaways, and more!

Reginald The Vampire: Exclusive Screening and Conversation—4:30 PM to 5:30 PM in Room 405

Sink your teeth into SYFY’s newest series Reginald the Vampire! Join star and co-EP, Jacob Batalon, in a moderated conversation with fellow cast and creators, Em Haine, Savannah Basley, Harley Peyton, and Jeremiah Chechik. And catch an exclusive, extended sneak peek of the series’ second episode before it airs on October 12th.

Teen Wolf: The Movie & Wolf Pack—6:00 PM to 7:00 PM on the Main Stage*

The wolves return to Comic Con with Teen Wolf: The Movie and Wolf Pack creator Jeff Davis joining back-to-back conversations with the film and series’ casts to discuss the upcoming movie and tease what to anticipate from the new series.

*This panel requires a reservation which, as of this writing, is no longer available. However, a small stand-by line will be set up on the day of the panel.

Inside the World of The School For Good and Evil—6:00 PM to 7:00 PM in Room 406.2

Soman Chainani's worldwide bestselling The School for Good and Evil book series becomes a Netflix feature film on October 19! Best friends Sophie and Agatha find themselves on opposing sides of an epic battle when they’re swept away into an enchanted school where aspiring heroes and villains are trained to protect the balance between Good and Evil. Author and executive producer Soman Chainani and actor Kit Young will give an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the series that started it all!

Violent Night: Exclusive Screening Event—7:15 PM to 9:15 PM on the Empire Stage*

NYCC attendees will be the first audience in the world to see Violent Night, the new coal-dark holiday thriller from 87North, the bare-knuckle producers of Nobody, John Wick, Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2. and razor-edged director Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow franchise). When a team of mercenaries breaks into a wealthy family compound on Christmas Eve, taking everyone inside hostage, the team isn’t prepared for a surprise combatant: Santa Claus (David Harbour, Black Widow, Stranger Things series) is on the grounds, and he’s about to show why this Nick is no saint.

Please note Violent Night is rated R.

*This panel requires a reservation which, as of this writing, is still available. If no reservations are available, a small stand-by line will be set up on the day of the panel.

Let the Right One In: Special Screening of the new SHOWTIME series, followed by Q&A with cast & creators—8:00 PM to 9:30 PM in Room 405

Starring Oscar® nominee Demián Bichir (A Better Life) and rising star Madison Taylor Baez, Let the Right One In centers on Mark Kane (Bichir) and his daughter Eleanor Kane (Baez) whose lives were changed forever 10 years earlier when she was turned into a vampire. Locked in at age 12, perhaps forever, Eleanor lives a closed-in life, able to go out only at night, while her father does his best to provide her with the human blood she needs to stay alive. The series also stars Tony winner Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls, Power), Grace Gummer (Mr. Robot), Kevin Carroll (Snowfall), Ian Foreman (Merry Wish-Mas), Jacob Buster (Colony) and Nick Stahl (Fear the Walking Dead). With these emotionally charged and terrifying ingredients as a starting point, Let the Right One In will upend genre expectations, turning a naturalistic lens on human frailty, strength and compassion.

The Medium is the Monster: Comics Culture and Creatures—9:45 PM to 10:45 PM in Room 1B03

The idea of the monster is one of the first technologies. The monstrous gives form to our fears anxieties and darkest nightmares. This panel of experts will explore the mechanics of the monstrous the technologies of terror and how various cultures give shape to the devils that plague every society on the planet. So beyond the run of the mill vampire werewolf or bogeyman how does the sociopolitical climate create monsters? How do various cultures utilize the monster and how do they manifest themselves in the pages of modern comics?

Featuring Micheline Hess, John Jennings, and Greg Anderson Elysee.

NYCC, Saturday

Goosebumps with R.L. Stine: 30 Years of Fear—12:45 PM to 1:45 PM in Room 401

Author R.L. Stine looks back on 30 years of Goosebumps in this exclusive spotlight panel. Hear the story behind the story of the chapter book series that became a global phenomenon. And see the art of Goosebumps with series cover artist Tim Jacobus as R.L. looks back on a career of scaring children.

Source Point Press: The Future of Horror Comics!—12:00 PM to 1:00 PM in Room 406.2

The connection between horror and comics goes back to the earliest days of both mediums, and in 2023 Source Point Press is celebrating the future of horror comics! Get sneak peeks and exclusive announcements from SPP about our upcoming horror movie adaptations with SkibaVision, what’s next for the Monstrous and Haunted High-Ons Universes, and more surprise announcements along with a special exclusive for all attendees… so join us, horror fans!

Featuring Dirk Manning, Dr. Christy Blanch, Drena Jo, Garrett Gunn, and Josh Werner.

Spooks, Shivers, and Shrieks: Horror—2:15 PM to 3:15 PM in Room 1B03

Do you dare investigate these stories of werewolves, darkest desires, ghosts by the sea, Southern ghosts, and terrifying urban legends, guaranteed to raise a chill down your spine? Huddle together for safety with Princess Weekes (The MarySue) and Rachel Harrison (Such Sharp Teeth), Eric LaRocca (Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke), Clay McLeod Chapman (Ghost Eaters), Katrina Monroe (They Drown our Daughters), and Vincent Tirado (Burn Down, Rise Up).

Growing up: Family, Friendships, Gender Identity and Queerness in YA Horror/Thriller/Dark Fantasy—2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Room 1C03

Sara Farizan (Dead Flip), Ryan La Sala (The Honeys), Danielle Valentine (How to Survive Your Murder), and Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman (All of Our Demise) have all written YA novels that touch on the deeper themes behind dark fantasy, horror, and thrillers including outgrowing childhood friendships, discovering queer and gender identity, summer camp, and family relationships. All of the titles also contain classic horror themes (the final girl, summer camp secrets, Halloween setting, battles to the death) but turn them on their head in some way.

The Walking Dead—5:00 PM to 6:00 PM on the Main Stage*

Cast and creatives of the flagship series The Walking Dead discuss the highly anticipated last episodes of the decade-long apocalyptic drama. Celebrate the monumental journey of this beloved series and characters as we follow their arcs in the recently launched final eight episodes of this epic final season on AMC and AMC+. Plus, a look at what is to come for the upcoming final episodes.

*This panel requires a reservation which, as of this writing, is no longer available. However, a small stand-by line will be set up the day of the panel.

Jamie Lee Curtis: Tribute to 45 years of Halloween and Laurie Strode, Moderated by Drew Barrymore—6:15 PM to 7:00 PM on the Empire Stage*

In Halloween Ends (in theaters and streaming exclusively on Peacock Oct 14), icon Jamie Lee Curtis returns for the last time as Laurie Strode, horror’s first “final girl” and the role that launched Curtis’ career.

Now, in this exclusive NYCC panel, moderated by fellow film icon Drew Barrymore, host and executive producer of The Drew Barrymore Show, the legendary Curtis discusses Laurie’s journey and her own from 1978’s Halloween to Laurie’s last stand against Michael Myers in this October’s Halloween Ends.

Join us for an intimate, funny, and fearless conversation with an artist who, for more than four decades, has shattered the rules (and the record books) and has reshaped horror forever as she says goodbye to one of the most beloved and revered characters in cinema history.

*This panel requires a reservation which, as of this writing, is no longer available. However, a small stand-by line will be set up the day of the panel.

Netflix Presents: Wednesday—7:45 PM to 8:45 PM on the Empire Stage*

Darkness descends on New York Comic Con in the form of the iconic Wednesday Addams. Join the cast of Netflix’s upcoming sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery series Wednesday, including breakout star Jenna Ortega, Luis Guzmán and showrunners Alfred Gough and Miles Millar and more for an action-packed panel that promises many creepy and kooky surprises!

*This panel requires a reservation which, as of this writing, is no longer available. However, a small stand-by line will be set up the day of the panel.

NYCC, Sunday

The Thing vs. E.T.: 40 Years of Aliens We Love and Fear—10:45 AM to 11:45 AM in Room 406.3

From a cute candy-loving extraterrestrial that defined a wave of Spielberg films to the camouflaged Carpenter creation that stoked paranoia, both films opened within two weeks of one another and each had an otherworldly impact on pop culture. But which reigns supreme? Moderated by Aaron Sagers, TV personality and host of Den of Geek's Talking Strange series.

The Winchesters Pilot Screening and Q&A—2:00 PM to 3:15 PM on the Empire Stage*

Before Sam and Dean, there were their parents, John and Mary. Told from the perspective of narrator Dean Winchester, the Supernatural prequel series is the epic, untold love story of how John Winchester and Mary Campbell met, fell in love, and started a demon-hunting family on their own. Join members of the cast and producers for a screening of the pilot, followed by a Q&A. The Winchesters is from executive producers Robbie Thompson (Supernatural, Cursed), Jensen Ackles (Supernatural, The Boys), Danneel Ackles (Supernatural), and David H. Goodman (Once Upon a Time, Fringe). The cast includes Meg Donnelly (American Housewife, Z-O-M-B-I-E-S), Drake Rodger (The In Between), Nida Khurshid (For the People), Jonathan “JoJo” Fleites, Demetria Kinney (Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, Motherland: Fort Salem), Bianca Kajlich (Dawson’s Creek, Legacies) and Jensen Ackles (Supernatural, The Boys). Glen Winter (Arrow, Doom Patrol, Titans) directed the pilot, for which he also served as executive producer. The Winchesters premieres October 11, airing Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW, and is produced by Chaos Machine Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Studios.

*This panel requires a reservation which, as of this writing, is no longer available. However, a small stand-by line will be set up the day of the panel.