Collider Nightmares: ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Officially Announced; Alexandre Aja Talks ‘Friday the 13th’

     September 6, 2016

On this week’s episode of Collider Nightmares (September 6, 2016) Clarke Wolfe, Perri Nemiroff, Jon Schnepp and Mark Reilly will discuss the following:

  • Alexandre Aja reveals details on what would have been in his Friday the 13th
  • Aaron Moorhead & Justin Benson begin production on The Endless
  • Production on Helen Mirren led Winchester to begin in 2017
  • Monster of the Week: Setting the mood for Halloween
  • Twitter questions


friday-the-13th-rebootAs Collider Nightmares told you a few weeks back, The Crazies and Sahara director Brock Eisner currently sits in the director’s chair for the all new installment of Friday the 13th, which will allegedly hit theaters next year from Paramount Pictures. However, as Eisner was announced as the studio’s pick, another name was reportedly in the running as well: The Hills Have Eyes and Piranha director Alexandre Aja. Recently while promoting The Nine Lives of Louis Drax, Aja spoke with Bloody Disgusting’s Kalyn Corrigan about the project saying he would have tried to do something that would please him as an audience member, and he thinks as a fan of Jason, and as a fan of the genre, he thinks there is some respect to show, with the spirit, and you need to do something that’s absolutely stunning, shocking and absolutely never goofy to make the right Friday the 13th.

After directing the indie favorite Resolution, followed by the critically acclaimed monster love story Spring, directors Aaron Moorehead and Justin Benson have announced their next project. Entitled The Endless, the mysterious film will star the filmmaking duo while they also work behind the camera. While plot details are being kept under wraps – there is no synopsis on the film’s Facebook page – Moorehead did write on his own Facebook page saying it was time to let everyone know what they have been obsessing over.


Image via Lionsgate

Back in May of this year there was some exciting genre news out of Cannes stating that Dame Helen Mirren had signed on to star in Winchester, a haunted house story based on the real life of multimillionaire heiress Sarah Winchester. Based on the infamous Winchester house in San Jose, California, Sarah Winchester endured the abrupt deaths of her husband and her child and, per Deadline, “became convinced she had been cursed by the lethal legacy of the gun that won the west.” A skeptical psychiatrist, Eric Price, was sent to the home to evaluate Winchester’s sanity only to find that she may not have been so crazy after all. Winchester was set to be the first to shoot on the premises of the actual home that has become known as one of the most haunted places in the world. Now it looks like the final bit of production finances have come through from Screen Australia and the film will be shot on location in Melbourne in early 2017. Winchester will be directed by Peter and Michael Spierig who are currently directing Saw: Legacy.

Over the last few weeks, some exciting video game titles have shown us some brand new trailers. First is The Bunker, a completely live-action video game for PS4, starring The Hobbit’s Adam Brown and Penny Dreadful’s Sarah Greene with a story written and developed by gaming talent behind The Witcher, Broken Sword, and SOMA. The Bunker tells the story of John, the last survivor living in a government bunker after a nuclear attack wiped out England. Then it’s Agony from Madmind Studio. Due in 2017, the game, influenced by Silent Hill and Siren, sees players pay as “a historical figure who does not remember anything but pain and a unclear image of a mysterious Goddess.” During the game, the hero is going to try to gather information about himself and his past by talking with martyrs and exploring hostile environments.


westworld-posterOctober 2 can’t come soon enough as fans eagerly await the arrival of HBO’s new drama from J.J. Abrams, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, Westworld. Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin, exploring a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged. New season key art and new trailers which show a lot more from the character side of things including Anthony Hopkins looking rather sinister. In addition to Hopkins, Westworld stars Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton and Jeffery Wright.

It’s official: Stranger Things is coming back for a slightly longer second season and it would appear that most of our favorite characters from Hawkins will be coming too. When the announcement of the renewal hit it did so alongside a trailer that was filled with potential clues for the new episodes which will take place in the 1980’s and will continue the story of Mike, Will, Lucas and Dustin. Details are being teased by both the Duffer Brothers and producers with Entertainment Weekly having the Duffers confirm will be returning to The Upside Down and meeting new characters along the way. As they are thinking of the new season like a sequel, The Duffers have cited James Cameron as a major influence. And speaking to the tone and the approach to season two, producer Dan Cohen told Yahoo, “We’ll be doing more than just a rehash of Season 1. We’re coming back with a few new characters, expanding storylines and mythologies, so it’ll feel like the stakes are raised and more is going on and really delivering on the promise and pushing for more,” says Cohen. “We want a sequel that feels like it’s bigger and badder and darker, while answering more of the questions and getting deeper into what’s going on.”


If Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, then today marks the unofficial beginning of Halloween season! With our favorite holiday less than eight weeks away, the pumpkin spice lattes have come out of hibernation as we all long for sweaters at nighttime and leaves falling from the trees. We live in Southern California so it’s 90 degrees here basically all the time but that doesn’t mean we can’t start getting into the Halloween spirit! So what are some of your favorite things to set the mood for the spooky time of year?