Comic-Con 2014 Panel Analyzes Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, and Jason Voorhees

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FORENSIC PSYCHIATRISTS AND HORROR SCREENWRITER EXAMINE THE MINDS OF ICONIC SLASHER FILM VILLAINS

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Comic-Con 2014 Panel Analyzes Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, and Jason Voorhees

Once again, the doctors of Broadcast Thought, H. Eric Bender, M.D.Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., return to Comic-Con International with a must-see panel. On Thursday, July 24, 2014, from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Room 7AB, they team up with very special guest, Mark Swiftco-writer of Friday the 13th (2009) and Freddy vs. Jason, to present “Freddy vs. Jason vs. Michael! Inside the Minds of Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, & Michael Myers.”

The panelists consider whether Michael is simply a sociopathic stalker, Freddy merely a manipulative monster, and Jason just a killing machine. Or is there more to these slashers when we slice below the surface? Can we make sense of a vengeful boogeyman’s sister obsession? Could fire turn a sexually violent predator into a sadistic serial killer? Did “mommy issues” and bullying birth a brutish butcher? Who’s the most dangerous killer, and which, if any, might be considered insane? Join the discussion moderated by horror meister Evan Dickson of Bloody Disgusting! Discover the answers to these and other questions, and come take a stab at these iconic slashers!

While having fun with these fan favorites, the doctors will confront common misconceptions about violence and mental illness.

About Broadcast Thought
Broadcast Thought is the creative collective of H. Eric Bender, M.D., Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., three physicians, specializing in forensic psychiatry, whose goals include shifting the paradigm of how mental health issues are depicted in media and entertainment. The doctors serve as creative consultants and subject matter experts to the media and entertainment industries and co-create mental health-related content. They have been featured in The New York TimesTimeThe Huffington PostWiredABC NewsEntertainment Weekly, and Discover. They recently partnered with Brett Culp to produce Legends of the Knight, a documentary film about the inspirational power of Batman.

About Mark Swift
Mark Swift (along with his writing partner Damian Shannon) wrote the box office hits Friday the 13th (2009) and Freddy vs. Jason, and was the first writer on the animated hit Shark Tale. They are currently working on a new original horror project for New Line Cinema, an Untitled science-fiction project for Skydance productions, and are co-producing a comedy for Paramount Pictures starring Peter Dinklage. They have also co-written a number of projects currently in development, including “Vikings” for Disney; the 1950s noir “Hawaiian Dick,” for director Frank Coraci; and an adaptation of Howard Chaykin’s graphic novel “Power & Glory.”

“Freddy vs. Jason vs. Michael! Inside the Minds of Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, & Michael Myers” takes place on Thursday, July 24, 2014, from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Room 7AB, at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA.

Don’t miss their other panel, “Sixty Years of Seduction: Right, Wrong, and Wertham,” featuring Jeff Trexler, Robert Emmons, Jr., Carol Tilley, and Bradford W. Wright, taking place on Friday, 7/25/14, from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Room 9.

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