On this week’s episode of Collider Nightmares (July 26, 2016) Clarke Wolfe, Perri Nemiroff, Jon Schnepp, Mark Reilly will discuss the following:
- Adam Wingard’s The Woods revealed to be Blair Witch sequel
- Ti West’s In A Valley of Violence trailer
- Michael Fassbender calls Alien: Covenant “scarier than Prometheus”
- Stranger Things producer hints at several season plan for Netflix series
- Bates Motel casts Rihanna in iconic role
- Discussion: Movie adaptation of Stephen King’s IT
- Twitter questions
After months of positive buzz coming from the teaser trailer for director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett’s latest, The Woods, this weekend at San Diego Comic Con it was revealed that the Lionsgate release was actually a sequel to the 1999 independent hit The Blair Witch Project. The new movie is simply titled Blair Witch.
Not really a horror film but hailing from writer/ director Ti West, the filmmaker who brought you House of the Devil and The Innkeepers’s latest is In A Valley of Violence, a violent-Western-dark comedy starring Ethan Hawke and John Travolta. Produced by Blumhouse, the film will hit theaters this October and fans have recently been treated to the first trailer.
After Aliens celebrated its 30th anniversary this weekend at Comic Con, fans are growing even more excited for Ridley Scott’s latest, the sequel to Prometheus titled Alien: Covenant. Star Michael Fassbender, who has returned to work with Scott on the sequel, recently previewed the films tone, telling Collider’s own Frosty what fans can expect for the movie, saying, “ It’s much scarier than Prometheus but it’s got the same sort of scope of Prometheus. It’s kind of got more of the sort of thriller, imminent disaster feel that Alien had, so it’s kind of a beautiful meeting of both of those films. I’m really excited to see it, I think it’s gonna be super scary number one and then again with the massive scope of Prometheus… Once it starts and the ball starts rolling, it doesn’t let up. It’s really gonna bring chills to the cinema.”
WHAT’S IN THE BOX?!
Stranger Things has become Netflix’s latest phenomenon. While a second season of the fan favorite following the kids of Hawkins, Indiana has not been officially announced as greenlit, The Duffer Brothers and their producers have been discussing a follow up to the series like it’s a done deal. Shawn Levy, who directed episodes alongside The Duffers, recently told /Film, “The answer is yes and yes. We definitely are hopeful to go several more seasons. And the plan is to continue with this set of characters while introducing a few critical key new ones next season. So I’ll just say that a lot of the big mysteries get answered at the end of Season 1, but we are very much kind of unearthing new problems and questions that merit future stories and future investigation in the most enjoyable way. So we are in love with our cast and our characters. The Duffers also told Variety that they have a “30-page document” explaining and outlining “The Upside Down” in more detail.
This week at Comic Con it was announced that Rihanna would be playing the iconic role of Marion Crane, originated by Janet Leigh, in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho on the fifth and final season of Bates Motel. Executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin said they wanted wanted to thrust the iconic role into a contemporary spotlight and redefine it in a meaningful and exciting new way. They also heard Rihanna was a fan of the show, and since they were huge fans of hers, it was the perfect collision of creativity and fate.
Trailers were in no short supply this past weekend at Comic Con, and both The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking dead both posted quick looks at their upcoming seasons. While The Walking Dead didn’t show much by way of new footage – not surprising considering the cliffhanger season six ended on earlier this year – Fear The Walking Dead painted a pretty clear picture of what was to come on the back half of season two. This includes introducing a new character, Luciana, played by Danay Garcia. Described as a “bad-ass soldier within her group,” the character may prove to challenge the audience’s relationships with the walkers, in that she sees them as the next step in human evolution, and perhaps she isn’t terribly scared of the undead. It won’t be a tame second half of the season, though, with showrunner Dave Erickson saying, “We’re going to see a level of violence and intensity in the second half that we haven’t seen before.”
Earlier this month we saw a first look at Bill Skarsgård as the infamous nightmare creature, Pennywise the clown. In addition to weighing in on the make up, I’d like to put it to the panel: after a series like Stranger Things came to Netflix, where by all accounts the creators were given creative freedom to tell their story exactly how they like in addition to True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga’s very public split with New Line over creative differences, is it at all possible for this movie to live up to audience expectations?