WonderCon 2016: ‘The Conjuring 2,’ ‘Lights Out,’ ‘Walking Dead’ Attraction and More.

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Wondercon panels offer horror fans a chance to preview upcoming films and attractions.

It’s springtime and convention season is upon us. Here in Los Angeles, fans of horror, Halloween and scary things in general are likely looking towards the upcoming Days of the Dead and Monsterpalooza conventions for getting their scare on.

But comic book, sci-fi and motion-picture convention, Wondercon, which takes place this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center, has some scary things afoot as well.

On Saturday, the Warner Brothers / New Line panel will feature previews, clips and information on two of their upcoming horror films, The Conjuring 2 and Lights Out.

Director James Wan will debut footage from supernatural thriller sequel The Conjuring 2, which, like its predecessor, focuses on one of the case files of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Shot in part on the rumored to be haunted Warner Brothers Stage 4, the anticipated sequel follows the Warrens as they travel to London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.

The filmmakers of Lights OutDavid F. Sandberg and Lawrence Grey, along with cast members Maria Bello and Charlotta Losten will also debut footage from their upcoming horror film, which tells the story of a woman being terrorized by a creature that can only be seen when the lights go out.

Produced by Wan, Lights Out is a feature-length adaptation of a super creepy short film by Sandberg, and if the short film is any indicator, the feature length Lights Out is going to be one heck of a terrifying movie.

Also on hand for a panel on Saturday will be John Murdy, the creative director behind Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights. Murdy will be heading up a panel about the theme parks’ upcoming permanent The Walking Dead attraction, which, along with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, is part of Universal Studios major re-invigoration plan for the park.

Joining Murdy will be show producer Don Burgess and art director/production designer Chris Williams. The trio will offer a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at the all-new, upcoming year-round haunted maze attraction, which will have park goers navigating through a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies aka “walkers” 365 days a year.

In addition to these horror goodies, Wondercon will also feature panels on spooky shows like Damien, Orphan Black and Wayward Pinesas well as the world-premiere of the incredibly awesome sounding LEGO Scooby Doo!: Haunted Hollywood film.

As expected there will also be plenty of fantasy-geared panels for fans of Game of Thrones , Harry Potter and Tolkien, along with lots of sci-fi and comic related panels, multiple panels for creators and creatives, and a ton of artists and vendors.

Will you be going to Wondercon 2016? What are you looking forward to seeing there?


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