16 Horror Movies Coming In 2019 (And 9 Possibilities)

2018 was a fantastic year for horror movies. Major studio releases A Quiet Place, Hereditary, The Nun, and Halloween were all sizable box office hits. Indie films like Ghost Stories, The Devil’s Doorway, and Welcome to Mercy found success by opening in select theaters and being available to rent on-demand simultaneously, stormingthe VOD charts. These and other films proved once again what all fans of the genre know — that horror is a format through which intelligent, artistic, and provocative stories can be told.

Because 2018 was such a strong year, 2019 will have its work cut out, if it wants to match the level of quality we’ve seen over the past twelve months. Based on the horror titles that are already slated for release, there’s absolutely a chance that we’re looking at another remarkable run of cinematic horror. What follows is a list of fifteen horror movies that are set to come out in 2019. Some are sequels or reboots of established properties, but a few are total originals. Some very recognizable stars appear in these projects.

On the flip side, we’ve also got ten horror flicks that may or may not see the light of day in 2019. A couple are completed but don’t have release dates that are set in stone, while others have merely been rumored to be emerging soon. One of them is a “maybe” because of a lawsuit. Again, they all sound promising, so hopefully we won’t have to wait long to get a look.

Here are 16 Horror Movies Coming in 2019 (and9 Possibilities).

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Spun off from The Conjuring, Annabelle and its sequel Annabelle: Creation were both very successful at the nation’s theaters. Domestically, they made $84 million and $102 million respectively. We’ll find out if lightning can strike again with the release of the third installment in July of 2019.

Annabelle 3 has what may be thescariest premise of the franchise thus far. The titular possessed doll targets Ed and Lorraine Warren’s young daughter.Spookieryet, it brings all the other haunted items in the Warren’s artifact room to life. Sounds like the perfect recipe for scares.

Released in 2016, The Boy is the story of a young woman hired to be a nanny, only to realize she’s tending to a life-sized doll with creepy capabilities. It was by no means a gargantuan hit, although it did earn $64 million worldwide, on a budget of $10 million. That was enough to warrant a sequel.

Katie Holmes has signed on to star. She and her family will encounter the mysterious doll, presumably facing terror in the process. Filming is scheduled to start in early January so, if post-production can be finished quickly enough, we might see The Boy 2 later in the year.

You probably don’t know the name Michael Chaves yet, but there’s every indication that you soon will. James Wan personally hired him to directThe Conjuring 3 after being impressed by his short film The Maiden. Before thatsequel is released, audiences will get to see Chaves’ work with his feature debut, April’sThe Curse of La Llorona.

Linda Cardellini stars in the movie, which is about a social worker whose family becomes ensnared in the supernatural after an encounter with a troubled mother. Apparently, Wan thinks that Chaves has the goods as a horror director, so it will be fun to see what he’s capable of.

Not a whole lot is known about Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell, but what we do know should be enough to raise the excitement level of horror fans. This is an official sequel to his 2005 hit The Devil’s Rejects. That movie ends somewhat ambiguously, with the audience not entirely sure whether the three main characters have survived.

Stars Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, and Sheri Moon Zombie are all back, so we can probably assume that they did. Also, Clint Howard plays a character named “Mr. Baggy Britches,” which is a selling point all by itself. There’s no firm release date yet, just a promise that it’s coming in 2019.

Stephen King’s Pet Sematary was previously made into a movie in 1989. It was a modest hit, although many of the reviews were outright pans. The upcoming remake, due in April, will attempt to be a little more faithful to the book’s tone.

Jason ClarkeplaysLouis Creed,the man who buries his family’s cat on a mysterious plot of land, only to be surprised when the feline somehow regains its life in a more aggressive form. Pet Sematary is directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, whose Starry Eyes rocked critics and audiences four years ago. Their take on the material should be compelling.

Produced for a mere $100,000, The Gallows went on to make $42 million worldwide. That kind of profit ratio is something any filmmaker would love to have. It’s therefore no shock that a sequel is on the way.

The Gallows Act II was filmed in secret, so the announcement of its existence in 2017 was a surprise. All we know about the plot is that it revolves around a young woman who is stalked by an evil spirit at the prestigious acting school where she’s studying. There’s no confirmed release date yet, but since the movie is completed, a 2019 debut is entirely plausible.

The Demonologist has a plot that sounds delightfully bonkers.Brian Krause plays a detective investigating a series of slayings. In the process, he discovers that a cult is planning to summon four King Demons to destroy the world as we know it. Only he can prevent this from happening.

Stills released from the film feature some intense-looking creatures, which should prove to be a major draw for fans of such things. The Demonologist will be one of 2019’s first entries. It debuts on all major VOD platforms on January 1.

At 1,100 pages, Stephen King’s It is such a massive novel that there was no way the story could be told in just one movie. The first half of the book was adapted into a 2017 blockbuster that grossed $700 million worldwide. It focused on the characters as children. The sequel, It: Chapter Two, will focus on them as adults.

Pennywise the clown is set to terrify a stellar cast this time. Jessica Chastain plays the grown-up Beverly, James McAvoy is Bill,James Ransone is Eddie, and Bill Hader is Richie. Bill Skarsgard, meanwhile, will reprise his star-making role as the evil clown. The film opens in September.

Right after winning the Oscar for The Shape of Water, director Guillermo Del Toro signed on to co-write and produce Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, an adaptation of Alvin Schwartz’ book series. It follows a group of teens trying to solve the mystery of why so many people in their small town are unexpectedly passing away.

Several up-and-coming young actors signed on for roles, including Michael Garza from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay and Moonrise Kingdom’s Gabriel Rush. Production on the film began in August,and CBS films will release it on August 9, 2019.

Orange Is the New Black star Taylor Schilling returns to the big screen on February 8 with The Prodigy. This paranormal chiller casts her as the mother of a young boy who has behavioral issues. She comes to believe that his actions might actually have a supernatural cause.

The really exciting thing here is that The Prodigy is the newest effort from director Nicholas McCarthy. His previous films, The Pact and At the Devil’s Door, are considered by many to be among the eeriest and most stylish indie horror flicks of the last decade.

Will 2019 be the year audiences finally catch a glimpse of Polaroid? The film, about an old Polaroid camera with fatal abilities, was originally scheduled for release on November 22, 2017. Less than a month before that date, the studio abruptly pulled it from its release slate, with no explanation.

Of course, that studio was the Weinstein Company. Itshead honcho, Harvey Weinstein, was in the midst of multiple accusations ofharassment and assault, and the studio was floundering as a result. Recent reports say Netflix has acquired the rights, and may stream Polaroid in the months ahead.

47 Meters Down was a sleeper hit in the summer of 2017. If you saw that shark-attack thriller, you know that at least one of the main characters couldn’t return for the sequel. The other one doesn’t either, as the follow-up, subtitled Uncaged,goes in a different direction.

This time, five young divers discover an underwater city. Obviously, it’s infested with sharks who are eager to snack on them. Nia Long, John Corbett, and Corinne Foxx — daughter of Jamie Foxx — star. Johannes Roberts once again takes on directing duties. The movie will be surfacing on June 28.

Oscar winner Octavia Spencer is not the first person you’d expect to star in a horror movie, yet that’s precisely what she’s doing. The actress has the lead role in Ma, a Blumhouse production directed by her longtime friend Tate Taylor, who also made The Help.

Spencer will play a woman who acts as a den mother to a group of teenagers, only to reveal some potentially troubling ulterior motives. It’s unclear when the film will hit cinemas, butBlumhouse has already staked out several 2019 weekends for unspecified releases. One of them is probably intended for Ma.

Escape rooms have become something of a phenomenon over the past few years. You pay money to get locked in a room, then have an hour to follow clues hidden within that room to get out. The aptly-titled Escape Room puts a horror spin on the idea, having six strangers try to find their way out of one filled with dangerous booby traps. If you’ve seen the trailer, you already know how freaky it looks.

True Blood’s Deborah Ann Woll and Tucker and Dale vs Evil’s Tyler Labine star in the film, which will make its way to theaters on January 4.

Grudge is a remake of 2004’s The Grudge, which wasitself aremake of a 2002 Japanese film called Ju-On: The Grudge. Director Nicolas Pescehad every intention of releasing the movie, which stars John Cho, Lin Shaye, and Andrea Riseborough, in 2019. However, a lawsuit might prevent that from happening.

Japanese producer/writer Taka Ichise filed a breach of contract suit against the production company back in July, saying he was denied a contractually-obligated producer’s credit. Depending on how long it takes for the courts to resolve this matter, Grudge could debut in time or be delayed indefinitely.

Released in 1990, Jacob’s Ladder starred Tim Robbinsas a Vietnam War veteran enduring the psychological process of “dissociation” — a separation from one’s physical and emotional reality. Although not a big hit, the power of the movieshook those who saw it, turning it into an eventual cult favorite. A new version of the story is set for release in February.

The 2019Jacob’s Ladder, starring Michael Ealy, is supposedly not a straight remake, but rather an updated take that will maintain the themes, as well as the surreal vibe.We’ll see if it can top the original in February.

Vincenzo Natali is an inventive horror director whose films include Cube and Splice. Having him tackle a story written by author Joe Hill and his famous father Stephen King sounds like a dream come true for genre fans. In the Tall Grass is about a brother and sister who wander into a large, disorienting field after believing they hear a child’s cry for help coming from within. Patrick Wilson is one of the leads.

In the Tall Grass will be a Netflix original production. The company has issued a press release saying they will debut the movie on their streaming service late in 2019.

In a perfect world, audiences would have seen New Mutants already. This horror-themed X-Men spinoff was originally supposed to come out in April 2018. The trailer was playing in theaters, and posters were hanging in lobbies. Then, a month before the scheduled release, 20th Century Fox announced it was bumping the movie back a full year-and-a-half for reshoots to make it scarier. A new character was alsoreportedly added to the story.

Only time will tell if those reshoots did the trick. We’ll find out when New Mutants finally opens on August 2.

Most horror movies try to scare the heck out of you. Others embrace outlandish premises that have a hint of self-aware humor. Crawl sounds like it’s going to fall into the latter category. Produced by Sam Raimi, the film will star The Maze Runner’s Kaya Scodelario as a young woman trying to save her father during a category 5 hurricane, only to find herself trapped in a flooding house filled with alligators.

Workon Crawl began last spring, so we don’t know for sure whether it will be ready to go in 2019 or not. Based on that central concept, it should be a wild ride whenever it turns up.

Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn has a knack for offbeat storytelling. His script for the upcoming Brightburn continues this trait by putting a dark spin on the Superman myth. Elizabeth Banks and David Denman play a couple living in a rural area. They adopt an alien infant that falls from the sky. Rather than being a hero with superpowers, though, the child has evil tendencies.

Sony obviously has a lot of confidence that Brightburn’s twist will appeal to the masses. The studio willrelease it on the lucrative Memorial Day weekend.

There are three reasons to be excited about The Turning. First, it’s from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. Second, it’s a modern take on the classic Henry James novella The Turning of the Screw. Last but not least, it has a seriously cool cast, including Blade Runner 2049’s Mackenzie Davis and Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard.

The Turning was originally supposed to be released on February 22, but Universal pulled it off the schedule a few months ago, giving its spot to How to Train Your Dragon 3. As of now, they have not announced a new date, so it’s anybody’s guess when the film will turn up.

Happy Death Day came out of nowhere in 2017. Despite having no big name stars, it grossed a whopping $122 million worldwide, against a budget of less than $5 million. Audiences were intrigued by the Groundhog Day-inspired story about a young woman whose life ends over and over again.

The sequel, Happy Death Day 2U, finds the masked killer once again forcing heroine Tree (Jessica Rothe) to repeat her final day, but also targeting everyone around her. If this follow-up can recapture the mix of horror and dark comedy that made the original so much fun, it too should be a financial success when it opens on Valentine’s Day.

Writer/director Ari Aster made a huge splash in 2018 with Hereditary, which earned rave reviews and strong box office returns. His follow-up will be called Midsommar, and has the potential to be another winner.

A lot about the movie is being kept under wraps, but we do know thestory is about a young woman (Florence Pugh) going on a trip with her boyfriend, only to encounter something frightening in a small Swedish town. A24 will release Midsommar, just as it did with Hereditary. It’s not officially on theschedule yet, but since the film is in post-production, a 2019 opening is a real possibility.

Child’s Play is a 1988 horror movie about a little boy whose new “Good Guy” doll is inhabited with the soul of a violent psychopath. It turned that doll, Chucky, into an all-time horror icon and spawned six sequels.

In 2019, Child’s Play will receive the reboot treatment. The Chucky doll is rumored to be a little more high-tech in this new version, to reflect toy-making advances since the late ’80s. Aubrey Plaza and Atlanta’s Bryan Tyree Henry will star in the movie, which is scheduled for a June release.

Comedian Jordan Peele made one of the most incisive and acclaimed horror movies of recent times with Get Out. His follow-up, entitled Us, comes out March 15.

Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke portray a couple who visit a beach house with their children and their good friend (Elisabeth Moss). The relaxing vacation comes to an abrupt halt with the arrival of some unwanted visitors. Beyond that, plot details are being kept tightly under lock and key. If it contains as many surprises as Get Out did, the less we know beforehand, the better. This will easily be one of the most-anticipated films of 2019.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 10: ‘Excited’ Michael Cudlitz …

The Walking Dead Season 10 filming isin full swing. Former cast member Michael Cudlitz recently announced that he will be directing one of the episodes of the show this week.

Cudlitz previously played the role of Abraham Ford in the zombie series. After his characters exit from the show, he got a chance to direct an episode in the previous season. The actor recently announced on Twitter that he will be heading to Atlanta to direct another episode of the series.

Could not be more excited, Cudlitz wrote in his post.

The fans of the actor and the show are equally excited, and they shared their thoughtswhile commenting on the actors tweet.

Cudlitz did not tease any details about the plot of the episode he will be directing, but there are many exciting things to look forward to on the show. After a continuous decline in the ratings, the previous season was hailed by the fans as one of the best they has seen lately, Screen Rant reported. Among the plot lines to look forward to are the secret plans of the Whisperers and the mysterious radio contact in the finale episode.

Some of the filming of The Walking Dead Season 10 has already been completed. Cudlitz is expected to be directing the third episode. More details about the plot of the episode may be released closer to the premiere date.

Meanwhile, the Twitter account of the TV series threw some shade at HBOs Game of Thrones, which will be airing the finale episode next week. In the previous episode of the popular fantasy TV series a major character Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) was seen riding off on a white horse, and the Twitter page of The Walking Dead pointed out that the lead character of its show Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) has also been riding white horses.

Former cast member Michael Cudlitz returns to direct an episode of “The Walking Dead” Season 10. Photo: The Walking Dead/Facebook

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The Walking Dead comics may have revealed Daryls TV death …

Could this be the way he dies: (Picture: Gene Page/AMC)

Norman Reedus character Daryl Dixon has been slowly but surely filling the gap left behind with the death of Nick Grimes, and he may well follow in his footsteps at least where the comics are concerned.

Viewers of the AMC show were both distraught and happy when they found out Andrew Lincoln was departing from the show, though it was renewed for a season 10.

The show waved goodbye to its main protagonist Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln, as fans saw him being whisked away by a helicopter to an unknown location.

His departure from the show, like many other instances, did not follow Robert Kirkmans The Walking Dead comics canon but it doesnt mean the show departs fully from it.

Diehard fans of the comics will quickly point out that Daryl Dixon, who rose to prominence after Grimes left, is a character that was not plucked from the comics and was instead created specifically for the TV show.

With that in mind, how can the comic set up his death in the upcoming season 10 of the show?

In issue number 191 of the Kirkman comics, Grimes was shot in the chest by Sebastian Milton, marking what was mostly likely the end of his life, Comicbook reports.

Though the AMC show has a mish-mash of original and new characters in the mix, it is likely that if Daryl were to die, it would be meeting a similar fate.

That is if Angela Kang, the series writer, dips into the source material and transposes the canon storyline on Daryl, given that Grimes is no longer in the show.

The final episode of season nine appears to have set up Daryl is an important character when the show returns, with fans suggesting his survival could mean he becomes the next leader of Hilltop adding weight to the idea that if he were to go, hed go like canon Grimes.

The Walking Dead is scheduled to return to AMC in October 2019. And is available to watch on NOW TV.

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I’ve seen all the movies, and all of them several times each, on dvd and vhs formats, and on the first three, I’ve seen all three on both vhs and dvd and own the first two on both formats. I loved the first film, and set out to see the next three. I caught one on TV and rented the others. The series started out with the best of intentions and made what I think is a very funny movie. Some of the characters were annoying, and some scenes aren’t as funny now or never were in some cases, but they made a movie where you want to see what happens next and what they throw at you, and let’s face it. Some of the movies they lampoon were just ripe for the picking. I loved the I know what you did last summer book (although, I love daughters of eve more) and I was semi-disappointed by the movie which wasn’t much like the book. Blair witch might have been a big deal then, but when you look back at it, it’s just people wandering around in the woods and fighting over losing the map. Scary movie took this and made it funny. Cindy and her friends (who feature two often annoying, sometimes less than funny African American stereotypes) do something they would rather forget they did, but someone else cannot forget it. Soon, her friends start dying off, and the mystery must be solved: who knows? The characters are mostly idiots, but the funniest one is doofy. The characters are often such terrible people, you’re kind of glad they died. This is the best movie in the series and after seeing all 5, I think the series just went down hill slowly after this, trotting out these I can’t believe it’s him/her cameos (Lindsey lohan, Charlie sheen, tori spelling) and just not being as funny as the original.

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Zombie – MTG Wiki

Zombies are animated corpses. Zombie is a characteristic race for the color black,[2] though in various blocks they have also featured in blue and in Amonkhet in white and red.

In Magic: The Gathering, zombies are unique as a creature type in that sometimes it functions as a race (Mournful Zombie) and sometimes it functions as a class (Vodalian Zombie).[3] The default race for zombies is therefore human, which was never mentioned in the type line,[4] until the embalm mechanic created Human Zombie tokens. In the case of other races, the original race is always mentioned in the type line.[5]

The first card to bear the type was Scathe Zombies in Alpha. That set also contained Zombie Master and Scavenging Ghoul which later gained the subtype Zombie, as well.[6]

Zombies are normally simply animated and have little to no connection with the soul of the deceased, though some especially powerful necromancers know how to bind the dead to their bodies to create smart zombies.

In the Shard of Alara called Esper, there exist beings who enter undeath by replacing most or all of their natural flesh with etherium, becoming undead abominations known as aether-liches. An aether-lich houses their soul in an etherium phylactery known as an Immortal Coil.[7]

In Grixis, necromancers create zombies to do their bidding or to prolong their own life. One of the major powers of the Shard, Sedris, is a zombie himself. These damned oftentimes aren’t distinguishable from the real living.[8]

Amonkhet is saturated in dark energies that cause every living creature to rise again as an undead after their death, referred to as the Curse of Wandering. The Curse of Wandering only affects flesh and ends when the undead has become skeletal. The resulting zombies are focused in black and white,[9] though some Eternals can be found in blue and red.

Zombies outside the central city Naktamun and its protective shield become vicious abominations.[10] Since the people of Amonkhet believe that the soul will exist as long as the body does, the state of rot these creatures are in is seen as a slow fading out of existence.

White Zombies (embalmed and mummified creatures) are referred to as Anointed. They comprise of all the dead within Naktamun that have not passed the five trials. They are used for manual labor, raising children and similar tasks, leaving the living to concentrate fully on achieving a more blessed afterlife. Their fate is seen as acceptable to the horror of becoming an abomination, even though their eventual afterlife will not be as glorious as the one of the Worthy.

The creation of mummies is an automated process, with embalming facilities underground processing the bodies of the slain by removing the internal organs and sealing them in wraps. While every corpse is reanimated in Amonkhet, mummies are made White aligned due to the preservation of their corpses as well as the use of cartouches. A vizier, the last one being Temmet, controlled the mummies.

The mostly blue, black, or red (or, in the case of Rhonas and Oketra, green and white respectively) Zombies of Amonkhet are eternalized creatures, known as Eternals, are the conclusion of those who pass the trials and are slain by Hazoret. They form Bolas’ lethal undead fighting force, the Dreadhorde, that has transcended their mortal capabilities. They are embalmed in layers of lazotep, a valuable blue mineral, that preserves their lifeforce as well as deeds in life. The Eternals are elite soldiers with all the skill and prowess of living soldiers, but none of the disadvantages that arise in living beings, such as emotions, hesitation, or disloyalty – and not being “living beings” lets them be deployed across planes, given a means of transportation. Bolas has personally crafted all of Amonkhet to create just such an army[11][12] The five virtues of anointed in the trials are twisted into Tactical Thought, Adaptability, Resilience, Ruthlessness and Fanaticism, virtues more to Bolas liking. Before the Hour of Devastation, they were stored in Bolass great necropolis.[13]

Not only winners of the Trials were transformed into eternals. Several of the dangerous fauna of Amonkhet, such as hippos, manticores and crocodiles, were also eternalized and served in the Dreadhorde.

As Oketra was slain, mummies began to embalm her corpse. The purpose of this was revealed in War of the Spark, where the Dreadhorde was joined by the monstrous abominations that were once the gods. They are coated in massive quantities of lazotep, allowing them to enter Ravnica and cause chaos there.

Liches are beings who have stored their life force in an object called a phylactery so that their mortal body will endure upwards of millenia in undeath.

Zombies were disturbingly common on Otaria thanks to the Cabal. These included zombified Beasts, Birds, Cats, Centaurs, Dragons, Dwarves, Giants, Goblins and Wurms. As the Mirari exerted its powerful influence over the races of Otaria, the zombies began growing additional deformed appendages (and in some cases, extra heads).[14]

The zombies raised by the Cabal in Modern Times are known as revenants.

Innistrad is a plane partially infested with Zombies.[15][16] Zombies come in two variants.[17] On one hand, there are the common shambling corpses associated with the color black, called ghouls. Reanimated by necromancers and ghoulcallers they go about making more zombies, killing the living and devouring their flesh. Even gameplaywise these Zombies are slow but overwhelming if the opponent cannot contain them, typically being powerful creatures for their cost and difficult to permanently kill (either through the undying mechanic or occasionally the ability to be recast such as on Gravecrawler) but with some kind disadvantage (coming into play tapped, unable to block etc).

The second variety are in the vein of Frankenstein’s Monster, the failed experiments of insane mages who attempted to toy with life itself, associated with the color blue. These are called skaabs, and their creators are called skaberen.[18][19] A common mechanic for them is the requirement to have creature cards in the graveyard removed, such as corpses as the base for these medical abominations. These creatures are typically very powerful but can be difficult to get into play because they need dead bodies first. This can be provided by self-milling that the mad scientists enable, such as on Deranged Assistant.

In the plane of Mirrodin, zombies are known as the nim, and inhabit the Mephidross Swamp.[20][21][22][23] The Nim are people that have become zombified by the necrogen puffed out of the smokestacks of the Mephidross Swamp.[24] In turn, the Nim vent necrogen gas themselves, as well.[25]

On the plane of Ravnica, two guilds employ zombies: the Golgari Swarm and the Cult of Rakdos.

The Golgari uses ritualistic magic to make zombies, which can deliberately be made to be mindless deadwalkers for labor purposes, or letting them keep their full faculties and abilities, like their Guildmasters Svogthir and Jarad, who were zombies themselves. Their zombies are usually imbued with plants, insects or fungi. The Erstwhile once were an important soldier faction in Ravnica. They were laid to rest in coffins in Umerilek, Mausoleum of the Erstwhile.[26] They returned as Zombie Attendants of Vraska.

They are usually made as mindless deadwalkers and servants. Unlike the Golgari’s these ones have their bodies altered with spikes, metal teeth and other torturing implants to make them more deadly.

On their arrival on Ravnica, the Eternals from Amonkhet became known as Bolas’s Dreadhorde.

While, Phyrexian Scuta has the creature type “zombie” while actually being a Phyrexian, zombies of Phyrexian origin do exist. Cards like Metathran Zombie and Vodalian Zombie represent creatures that were killed by a Phyrexian tingler. The tingler is a nasty device that resembles a spiny centipede-like insect. One end of the tingler is fashioned with small hooks used both for movement, and for carrying out its main function, which is to zombify enemy troops in the midst of battle, turning them against their allies.

The tingler zombifies by crawling into its victim’s mouth and using its hooks to literally rip out their spinal cord, effectively killing them. It will then crawl down their mouth and into the cavity once occupied by the spine and replace the spinal cord, controlling their body. This process is short and leaves the corpse mostly intact, as opposed to the long process by which Phyrexian soldiers usually are created.

The Gurmug Swamps of Tarkir are riddled with the sibsig, the wandering zombie hordes of the Sultaian amalgam of fallen soldiers from the other clans of Tarkir. The bodies of the sibsig zombies are kept well preserved through powerful necromancy, while the rest of the undead army is left to rot.

In Theros, the Noston, or Returned, are undead that escaped the plane’s Underworld, governed by the god Erebos.[27] To escape the Underworld, one must lose one’s own identity, and as such the Returned not only have no faces beyond a few holes, but also have lost their memories, both of their past lives and the capacity of holding long term memories in themselves. As such, while they are sapient and feel emotions, their existences are nothing but shadow-play, being unable to connect with other living beings and form an actual identity, forever in a state of negative emotions and empty routines.

The Returned wear golden masks: clay masks are used in Theros to frame the faces of the dead, so the elimination of these masks is a symbolic act for the return to the world of the living. Gold is the most common material in the infernal realm, so the Noston use it to craft new masks, that serve as flimsy, hollow identities. They value gold very little beyond their masks, but use currency based on the broken fragments of the clay masks, which have immense symbolic value. When not wandering alone and rejecting civilisation, the Returned go to cities called necropolises, two of which being of particular importance: the neutral Asphodel, where the Noston simply embrace their fate, and the aggressive Odunos, where the undead give in to violent emotions and perform raids on the living.

Whenever a Zendikar vampire fully drains the blood of a living creature without destroying the husk, that creature does not become a vampire. Instead, it becomes a null, a faceless zombie that is stronger and much faster than typical zombies. If nulls are left without orders, they will hunt and kill living things that they can find.[28]

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The Walking Dead season 10: Norman Reedus shares first BTS …

Daryl and Carol are still each other others ride or die in The Walking Dead season 10 (Picture: AMC)

Norman Reedus has revealed The Walking Dead season 10 has officially kicked off filming with the first photo from set.

Production began on Monday May 6 in the woods, where all sorts of terror can happen, with the 50-year-old confirming Daryl and Carol will be each others ride or die again with a touching Instagram post.

The snap shows Norman and his co-star Melissa McBrides chairs labelled with their respective characters names, with Daryls seat hosting a huge What Would Daryl Do? notebook.

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Showrunner Angela Kang spurred on hope by assuring day one was a damn great day while former Shane Walsh star Jon Berthnal urged his co-stars to get em yall.

Season nine closed with Carol and Daryl returning to Alexandra following the collapse of her marriage to King Ezekiel (Khary Payton), who managed to sneakily survive the massacre from The Whisperers despite having his head placed on a stake in the comics.

Were still waiting on confirmation for Maggies (played by Lauren Cohan) return but we do know that Michonne (Danai Gurira) will be retiring from slaying zombies at some point over the next 16 episodes.

However, Kang stressed the biggest badass of the apocalypse will be bowing out with a giant storyline.

We have seen [Michonne] go through an evolution this year. We want to continue having her reflect on the ways to handle leadership in this world, Kang told The Hollywood Reporter.

What legacy is she going to leave behind for the other leaders and for her family? Michonne started off as such an isolated individual.

Shes become someone who has had a giant impact on the other people in the Walking Dead story. Thats a story were continuing to build as we speak.

The Walking Dead is expected to return to AMC and Fox UK in 2019.

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Everyone was shocked when The Walking Dead (spoilers) killed off Carl Grimes in season 8, but things took an even more severe turn when it was revealed that Rick Grimes himself, Andrew Lincoln, wanted to leave the show.

That led to a back-bending episode of twists that concocted a situation where everyone believes Rick to be dead, blown up on a bridge, while in reality he was saved and whisked away to a new mystery group via helicopter to star in future spin-off movies.

But now the comics may be following suit. For years, Robert Kirkman has said that Rick Grimes might die someday, and now that day could finally be here.

The latest issue of The Walking Dead, #191, had Rick Grimes getting shot square in the chest. Its the most significant turn for the lengthy Commonwealth plotline in which Rick has been trying to play peacekeeper between the elites and general public of a large community. Eventually, he takes the side of the underclass, helping to remove their governor (not that Governor) from power so there isnt an all-out civil war. The problem? He does not arrest the governors son, a sniveling rich kid who sneaks into his room at night and shoots Rick in the chest.

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Fans predicted that issue #191 would have a shocking moment because its the end of the latest compendium. Compendium endings always end on something big, like Lori/Judiths deaths or the heads on pikes Whisperer moment we just saw on the show.

Some fans believe that this really might be it for Rick Grimes because the entire issue was set up as sort of a farewell to him. He gives a big, heartfelt speech to the Commonwealth culminating in the reversal of his once-famous line, saying We are NOT the walking dead as he encourages everyone to come together. Theres also an extend scene with Carl, who was trucked all the way to the Commonwealth seemingly just to be able to say goodbye to Rick.

And yet, counterpoint.

The shot, though it appears to be exactly where Ricks heart should be, does not immediately kill him, that much is clear. The last panel of the issue is Rick saying what have you done? and people generally do not talk after being shot in the heart. They are dead.

Past this, its clear from the blood spatter behind him that the bullet actually went through his chest and out the other side, and as we all know from uh, mostly TV and movies, a through and through is better than the bullet staying lodged inside somewhere. And if it didnt hit his heart, maybe it was just (just) his lung or something.

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Finally, even though I know that Kirkman has said that hes going to kill Rick Grimes someday, being shot in bed in the dark by a dumb rich kid feels like a pretty poor end for such a beloved lead after 190 issues.

A theory is that Rick could go back into a coma and wake up with another time jump further in the future to set up a new era of the comics. Or he simply recovers from a wound that is not as bad as it looks.

Or he dies, and Carl effectively becomes the lead of the comics, which the series has been building up to for quite some time. Thats possible too, though Im just not sure if I buy it.

Regardless, its a big moment for the series, possibly one of the biggest, and I have to wonder that if the show does make it this far eventually, whos going to be the one shot in Ricks place here? Daryl? Carol? The show will arrive at the Commonwealth without Rick, Maggie, Carl or Michonne, so really the entire thing may have to be rewritten.

I believe in Rick Grimes, and I dont think this will kill him. But the signs are there that this could be the end for him, so well have to wait to see how this plays out.

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The Vampires of Venice – Wikipedia

This article is about an episode of Doctor Who. For the Italian horror film, see Vampire in Venice.

“The Vampires of Venice” is the sixth episode of the fifth series of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was broadcast on 8 May 2010 on BBC One. It was written by Toby Whithouse, who previously wrote “School Reunion”, and was directed by first-time Doctor Who director Jonny Campbell.

Following from the end of “Flesh and Stone” where his companion Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) had kissed him, the alien time traveller the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) picks up Amy’s fianc Rory (Arthur Darvill) and takes the two on a romantic trip to Venice in 1580. There they are intrigued by a girls’ school whose students appear to be vampires and discover that they are really alien refugees in disguise, who plot to make Venice their new home.

The episode replaced a different script Whithouse had planned to write, and was designed to be a romantic episode that could also be a good introduction to the show. Whithouse chose the setting to be Venice, and vampires soon entered the plot as he felt they belonged in the setting. The episode was filmed in Trogir, Croatia in late 2009, with the old-fashioned village portraying Venice. The episode was seen by 7.68 million viewers in the UK and received an Appreciation Index of 86. The episode received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the comedy, production design, and acting of guests Helen McCrory and Alex Price, but thought that the plot elements were somewhat similar to a couple of other recent episodes.

The Doctor, believing Amy’s attraction to him is due to the stress from travel, gatecrashes her fianc Rory’s stag party and invites the two of them on a romantic trip to Venice in 1580. The city’s patron, Signora Rosanna Calvierri, claims that the Black Plague runs rampant outside of Venice. The Doctor says this is false and that it appears she is using the plague as an excuse to seal off the city. While investigating they encounter Guido, a boat-builder whose daughter Isabella has not contacted him since enrolling in Rosanna’s school for girls.

Amy devises a plan to place herself inside the school. Amy unlocks a gate and allow the others in, but in doing so is captured and taken to a chamber. The Doctor and Rory come to believe the women are being converted into vampires. Amy kicks at Rosanna’s side and disrupts a device that is hiding her true fishlike alien form. They begin converting Amy into one of them when Isabella, who has yet to be fully converted, frees Amy and they escape. Isabella hesitates while escaping because she can no longer tolerate direct sunlight and is pulled back inside. Isabella is later thrown into a canal by Rosanna and eaten by something that lives underwater.

The Doctor goes back inside to question Rosanna who confirms that her race is from the planet Saturnyne, and they landed on Earth after seeing “silence, and the end of all things”. The Doctor deduces that aside from Rosanna, only the males of the species survived the trip, and that Rosanna and her son Francesco must want to sink the city into the water and convert girls into “compatible girlfriends” to procreate. When the Doctor returns to Guido’s home to regroup with Amy and Rory, Rosanna sends her transformed girls to attack them. Guido blows up several kegs of gunpowder, killing him and the girls. Rosanna activates a device on a tower that begins to create the earthquakes and floods that will sink Venice. While Amy and Rory face and defeat Francesco, the Doctor climbs the tower and stops the device in time. The last female of her kind, Rosanna throws herself into the canal to be eaten.

Afterwards, Amy and the Doctor invite Rory to continue travelling with them, but as the Doctor and Rory are about to enter the TARDIS, everything falls silent.

Intending to produce his psychic paper during the episode, the Eleventh Doctor accidentally produces a library card with a photograph of the First Doctor (William Hartnell).[5]

“Actually, it was one of the most straightforward script processes I have ever had. That said, I can’t remember who was the first person to mention vampires I think, to be honest, it was probably me but it was also the fact that Venice is a very dark, macabre place, full of shadows and secrets. There’s something very clandestine about the city. And something very elegant and very Gothic. And so the idea of at least kicking the episode off with vampires seemed very fitting.”

Toby Whithouse[6]

Writer Toby Whithouse originally planned to write a different episode set in “some sort of labyrinth”, but after the idea had been developed for a while executive producers Steven Moffat and Piers Wenger thought that it was too similar to other episodes in the series, and asked him to write something else, while Whithouse’s original idea was pushed to the next series (The God Complex).[6][7] He was asked to write “a big bold romantic episode” which would also serve as a “sort of reboot episode” and a good introduction to Doctor Who.[6] Whithouse was asked to set it “anywhere in the world” that was romantic, and he chose Venice, which he called “one of my favourite places in the world”. Whithouse believed that the vampires fit into the setting.[6] Whithouse had a positive experience writing the episode, reflecting that “writing on the show is a delight and a pleasure”. As he is executive producer of Being Human, he was pleased he only had to write the episode and not worry about the other aspects of production.[6] The major plot point of “sinking Venice” was conceived as Whithouse needed to use the identity of the location and it was a very aquatic city, and Venice was “constantly fighting” enemies in its history but this time it proved to be its own worst enemy.

The opening scene, which detailed Isabella’s entrance to the school and the foreboding danger that came with it, was described as “classic” Doctor Who by Whithouse as it contained a “victim coming into a trap”. Isabella’s scream at the end of the scene originally went into the title sequence; however, director Jonny Campbell thought that the next two scenes had “soft endings” that would not work well right after each other. As a result, the title sequence was moved to after the scene of the Doctor crashing Rory’s stag party, which Whithouse described as a “fun scene” and a unique opening to the titles. Whithouse also wanted to emphasise the amount of danger the Doctor puts people in, which is pointed out by Rory in the episode. He believed that the companions over time developed the same mentality as the Doctor in running towards the danger, and so Rory was a great opportunity to question that. Whithouse also wanted a “comic thread” to “dilute” the plot and character developments. He also noted that it was difficult to capture Guido’s “tragic” character in the running time. The episode also gives a “metatexual” reference by showing a picture of the Doctor’s first incarnation on his library card. The references to “silence” in the episode are shown as flashbacks in the episode “Day of the Moon” of the next series, suggesting it was foreshadowing to the enemy of the Silence which were the focus of that episode.[9]

The script was originally too long, and as a result many sequences had to be cut, some even after they had been filmed. These included a fight scene with the Doctor and Rosanna’s steward (Simon Gregor), a longer fight sequence between Rory and Francesco, and some dialogue between the Doctor and Amy following the climax. In the original script, Amy and Rory cornered Francesco after suspecting him of killing a villager and Francesco climbed up the wall. Whithouse thought this would be a relatively easy stunt, but was told it would be too hard to accomplish and Whithouse revised it to when Francesco simply runs away. When discussing the script with Whithouse, Helen McCrory, who portrayed Rosanna, thought that she should hurt Amy at some point and it was added that she bites Amy while she is in the chamber.

The read-through of “The Vampires of Venice” took place on 23 November 2009.[5] It is the first Doctor Who episode to be directed by Campbell and the first co-produced by Patrick Schweizter.[5] The episode was filmed in the fifth production block with “Vincent and the Doctor”.[10] Due to the fact it would take time to cover up all the modern shops found in present-day Venice, the episode was filmed in the coastal town of Trogir, Croatia in late 2009.[11][12] The Venetians had actually colonised Trogir,[11] and the city bears much historical architecture, including some that was influenced by Venice. The interior of the Calvierri house was filmed at Atlantic College, Caerphilly Castle, Castell Coch, and the Town Hall of Trogir, while the Llancaich Fawr Manor, a 16th-century manor house near Cardiff, was used as Guido’s home. The production team incorporated the Calvierri crest into as many locations as possible and the art department designed a “fish gargoyle” for the tower of the Calvierri house. A church tower in Trogir was used for the climax; this scene was challenging to film because of the stunts for Smith and a stunt double. The roof of the tower was constructed in the studio and some of the scene was filmed there in front of a greenscreen.

The gondolas were filmed in the moat on Caerphilly Castle and inserted with CGI. Locals were used in the marketplace, including a woman who had passed by the filming site with her goat.[11] A small crew did go to Venice to take wide shots of the buildings that bordered the water but did not have walkways as they did in Trogir.[11] Campbell wanted to incorporate everything he loved about Venice, including church bells and narrow alleyways. Though Trogir was on the coast, it did not have internal waterways, so the production team found they could fill a square on the street below the balcony where the characters were with computer generated water and make it part of the Grand Canal. The chamber in which the girls were taken to be turned into the Saturnynians was bathed in a green light to suggest alien technology and also ease the brief glimpse of Rosanna’s true form. The cinematographer accomplished this despite the low ceilings. Parts of this scene were cut due to censorship issues for being “too scary”.

Several aspects of the episode had to be compromised due to budget constraints. The true form of the aliens could only be shown for a few seconds each as it was very expensive to do, and these shots were spread throughout the episode. In the original script a big monster rose out of the water in Isabella’s death scene, but this would have been too expensive and Moffat was forced to ask Whithouse to make it “invisible”. Many of the costumes in the episode were taken from artwork from the 15th and 16th centuries. This included veils that women wore, which were used for the vampire girls. Guido trades clothes with Rory when Rory must disguise himself as a Venetian to enter Amy into the school; this was an idea of Moffat’s which Whithouse was against as he thought Guido was a “tragic character”, but he eventually thought the sight of the character in Rory’s stag party T-shirt was funny. McCrory’s costume was designed to be similar to her alien creature to make the transition smooth. McCrory was coached to move like a fish, which she pursued diligently. Each pair of teeth for the vampires was unique and moulded to their mouths. They were hard to speak with and Alex Price’s lines were re-voiced, though he commented he got “quite good” at speaking with them.

“The Vampires of Venice” was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 8 May 2010.[13] Due to an extended episode of Over the Rainbow which was shown afterwards, the episode aired at 6:00p.m., the earliest start time for a Doctor Who episode since the series was revived in 2005.[14] Perhaps due to this, the episode received the lowest overnight figures of the series at time of broadcast: 6.17 million on BBC One and simulcast BBC HD.[15] When final consolidated ratings were calculated, it was shown that the episode had been watched by a total of 7.68 viewers, coming in fifth place on BBC One for the week.[16] The episode received an Appreciation Index of 86, considered “excellent”.[17]

“The Vampires of Venice” was released in Region 2 on DVD and Blu-ray with the preceding episodes “The Time of Angels” and “Flesh and Stone” on 5 July 2010.[18] It was then re-released as part of the Complete Fifth Series boxset on 8 November 2010.[19]

The episode received mixed reviews. Daniel Martin, writing for The Guardian on guardian.co.uk, described it as “beautifully shot” and went on to write: “the way every part of the vampire mythos was explained away by Who pseudo-science was delightful; the stand-off between the Doctor and Rosanna was beautifully played; the dialogue as cracking as you’d expect from Whithouse…and the climactic shot of the Doctor scaling the tower in the rain was just the correct level of broad brushstroke”.[20] SFX reviewer David Bradley also reacted positively, giving the episode four out of five stars. He assessed it as “better structured, funnier and more absorbing” than the previous single episode “Victory of the Daleks” and praised the comedy and acting of Alex Price. However, he thought the “expensive-looking locations are let down by shonky special effects”.[21]

Gavin Fuller gave the episode a negative review in The Daily Telegraph, calling it “highly disappointing” and “a tragically wasted opportunity.” He criticised the writing and plot for “sheer derivativeness”, noting that the opening scene was “similar in concept” to Whithouse’s previous Doctor Who episode “School Reunion” and thought the “aliens-posing-as-humans idea” was taken from that script as well. He went on to criticise Lucian Msamati as Guido as he “seemed to be taken straight out of Othello”, negatively compared the love triangle between the Doctor, Amy and Rory to the storyline with previous characters Rose and Mickey, and thought the ending was too similar to “The Idiot’s Lantern” and “Evolution of the Daleks”.[22]

Patrick Mulkern, writing for the Radio Times, echoed Fuller’s sentiments in his review, saying “I must admit I yawn at aliens disguised as humans. We’ve seen it so many times now” and noted that Whithouse had used the concept in “School Reunion” and his Torchwood episode “Greeks Bearing Gifts”. However, he also thought that “the script delivers lots of heroics and funny moments for the Doctor, Amy and Rory”, and he praised the “terrific cast”, describing Helen McCrory as “majestic”.[23] IGN’s Matt Wales rated “The Vampires of Venice” 7 out of 10, saying that it “had plenty of standout moments, even if it didn’t quite manage to come together to form a completely satisfying whole”. He praised the comedy between Amy and Rory and McCrory’s acting, as well as the location shots and Croatia and thought “the sci-fi retcon of classic vampire phenomenon was particularly clever”, believing that the aliens went beyond two-dimensional. However, he agreed with Fuller and Mulkern that “its single biggest problem was one of over-familiarity”, with many misplaced alien races having featured before.[24]

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The Walking Dead has been on for so long, fans have gotten weary of its never-ending and convoluted storylines and so have some of the cast it seems.

Chad Coleman who played Tyreese Williams on the AMC series opened up about how he got fed up of the tedious Negan murder plot.

Thats enough for me, Coleman, 44, said of the long-running arc in an interview with Popcorn Talk.

After Glenn and Abraham, you know, Negan smashed their heads in that way, it was just like, Thats enough for me. Thanks guys. Take care. All the best.

Jeffrey Dean Morgans Negan was The Walking Deads ultimate villain for a number of seasons and endless episodes saw fans question who he murdered with his bat and the general consensus is that it was way over-hyped.

Negan killed Glenn Rhee (played by Steven Yeun) and Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) by bludgeoning them with his bat, Lucille, after randomly selecting them.

Coleman said he feels the series has started to come back to more nuanced, less extreme characters.

Thats one of the benefits and joys of playing Tyreese hes a very real man in a very tough situation and you felt his humanity, he explained.

His sensitivity, all the things that all of us as just regular folk would go through, so theyre getting back to more nuanced character stuff again with [showrunner] Angela Kang.

Tyresse departed the series in five after being bit by a walker before being mercy-killed by Michonne (Danai Gurira) who is about to exit the show herself.

When asked if he would like to return in a flashback, he said: I wrestle with that because I feel like Tyreese was the type of character just like, Enough said. Done. Leave it alone. Dont touch it.

But in another, because I love the community down there and everybody involved are such great people to work with and do the day-to-day thing with yeah, I think I would. It would be great to pop in.

Lauren Cohan and the rest of the cast have just reunited ahead of season 10 filming.

The Walking Dead season 10 is expected to start later this year, season 9 is available on NOW TV.

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The long-awaited Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has opened in north London, featuringa retractable pitch that can host both Premier League football matches and American football.

Built on the site of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’s former home White Hart Lane, the62,062-seater stadiumdesigned by Populous will host its first Premier League match tonight.

Along with being the home to Tottenham Hotspur, the multipurpose stadium is the first outside the USA to be designed to host NFL games, with a fully retractable natural turf pitch that can be removed to reveal an artificial playing surface.

“It is a benchmark of how stadiums should be designed,”Christopher Lee, managing director of Populous told Dezeen.

“This is a game changer. There is no doubt in my mind that the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is the best stadium in the world.”

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium’s most distinctive feature is the17,500 capacity South Stand, which is the largest single-tier stand in the UK.

It is topped with a glass walkway, where visitors can walk out to touch the cockerel above the stand.

Populous designed the South Stand to help create a “wall of sound” within the stadium and help create a distinctive unique feel to the ground.

“We wanted to create a seating bowl that had identity, that had character, that wasn’t just a symmetrical ubiquitous stadium that you didn’t know where you are, didn’t know which stand you were in,” said Lee.

Below the South Stand is afive-storey-high glass atrium with two large tree-like columns that support the structure. This area, called The Market, is a large food and drinks hall that contains a65-metre bar Europe’s longest.

The space is intended to be used as a gathering place before and after the matches, as well as being opened up for events.

It is one of several features designed to maximise the functionality of the building, along with the media room, which willbe used as a cafe on non-game days, and the micro-brewery operated byBeavertown Brewery.

“It seems insane to have built stadiums of this size that would only be used for one team every other week,” said Lee.

“Here it was very much about creating genuinely a kind of civic building. To have the community come in and use the cafe or brewery or in the south stand, I think that’s great.”

Being able to remove the turf pitch, which is separated into three parts before being rolled under the south stand for storage, is key to this strategy.As well as being able to play American football, it means the space can easily and quickly be converted into a venue for concerts and events.

“We are designing an economic resilience into the building by cleverly creating spaces that have multiple uses,” continued Lee.

According to Lee, the club’s main aim for the stadium was for all fans to have a greatmatch day experience, no matter how much they are paying.

“We have always treated general admissions fans really badly,” said Lee.

“Cheapest tickets are still expensive and they are treated really badly come in here, do this, drink some overpriced bad beer and then leave. Here the idea is that it is much more democratic everyone has a great experience.”

Key to this strategy was creating a full-day experience, with numerous different options for fans.

In the general admission areas, ticket holders can explore the full length of the concourse, which along with The Market and micro-brewery hasthree pub-style bars inspired by White Hart Lane.

“We looked at a lot of stadiums around the world. One of the things we really liked about NFL stadiums, is the ability to move freely around the building,” continued Lee.

“Football used to be much like the theatre, you are rushed in, went to the theatre and had a quick drink at half time. Now there is the idea that people go for a much longer time, its a day out rather than just a 90-minute game.”

The stadium also has a huge variety of private and corporate suites and bars. These include The Tunnel Club, a restaurant and bar with a glass-wall that will allowguests to watch as players walk from the changing rooms to the pitch.

Two further exclusive spaces, names Sky Lounges, at the top of theEast and West stands will give spectators panoramic views of the pitch.

Throughout the project Populous wanted to create a football stadium that was both modern and authentic.

“We were really interested in what makes an authentic football experience,” said Lee.

“The club wanted to created higher quality, but how do you do that without losing the bits of football that we love? How do you create higher quality without becoming Selfridges food hall, which is really easy to tip into as a designer.”

Alongside the stadium, the Tottenham Experience includes the club’s museum, archives, shop and a cafe. The building, which has a facade made form CNC-cutcast iron, extendseitherside of therestored Grade II-listed Warmington House.

Now the stadium is complete, the second phase of theTottenham Hotspur’s development of the site is set to begin. This will include a180-bedroom hotel,an extreme sports building with the UK’s tallest climbing wall, a community health centre and 222 new affordable homes.

Populous is one of the world’s most prolific stadium designers. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is the third large stadium designed by Populous in the capital with Arsenal’sEmirates stadium opening in 2006 and Wembley for the English national football team in 2007.

Having creating several of the stadiums that hosted games at the World Cup in 2018, the studio is now designing a spherical arena in London, and themasterplan for Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

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