RT Takes a Peek at Halloween and The Mist at Comic-Con

Dimension debuts scenes for two horror flicks.

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Dimension Films debuted scenes from Rob Zombie's remake of Halloween and the Stephen King adaptation, The Mist. The panel started off with a bang as Rob Zombie made a stirring entrance to his classic, "Dragula."

Audience members stood up to pay homage to the legendary rocker/director as he introduced Halloween cast members Tyler Mane, Scout Taylor-Compton, and Sheri Moon. Before starting their panel, they showed an exclusive clip from Halloween to the crowd. Unsurprisingly, the scene is set in a dark room lit only by the moon through the windows. Michael Myers (Mane) is dragging a dead body across the floor as the camera cuts to a hidden corner of the room where Laurie (Taylor-Compton) is seen crying and covering her mouth in fear of making any noise. As Michael is seen leaving the room, Laurie rushes to the dead body to retrieve a gun when all of a sudden (cue scary music) Michael is behind them. With gun in hand, Laurie runs to the attic and tries to hide from Michael yet again. Instead of chasing her, Michael proceeds to grab 2x4s of wood and repeatedly smash them through the ceiling. After four tries, the ceiling collapses and Laurie falls through as we cut to black and the Halloween title yet again.

During the Q&A session, Zombie said that although he wanted to retain classic elements from the 1978 original, keeping it too similar would be pointless. An aspiring filmmaker asked for advice, to which Zombie replied, "If you don't mind people telling you you suck all the time, then this is the business for you." A reference to the 15 percent Tomatometer for House of 1000 Corpses, and the 53 percent for The Devil's Rejects?

Also premiering was Stephen King's The Mist, presented by director Frank Darabont himself. The clip starts off with a group of guys peering under a slightly-raised garage door. Mist is flowing out from the darkened garage, and Chris Owen (The Shermanator from American Pie) eventually calls out with a chuckle, "Any boogeymen?" A tentacle springs from inside and grabs on to his, pull him inside. Party leader Thomas Jane clamps onto Owen, and a tense tug-of-war ensues.

Darabont is no stranger to King's work, having previously directed The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption. However, neither of these films relied on creatures or monsters as antagonists. With a November 2007 release, we'll have to wait a few months to see if Darabont can make The Mist his third Certified Fresh Stephen King adaptation.

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