A new fan-made trailer mashup combines Stranger Things with horror icons. The combination is a natural one, as Stranger Things arguably leans closer toward horror than any of the other genres that it draws from. Much of Stranger Things is also a giant love letter to the pop culture of the 1980s, and considering that many of the included villains in the above mashup are from the ’80s, it seems logical to have the residents of Hawkins now tangling with titans like Pinhead and Freddy.
Titled “Slasher Things” by its creator Josh Nitsche, the trailer is clearly a labor of love done by a fan of both Netflix’s hit drama and the included slasher icons. An admirable attempt has even been made to make a coherent storyline still seem possible, which is hard to do when including so many characters from so many disparate horror franchises. Arguably the best part is the inclusion of Bruce Campbell’s Ash from the Evil Dead franchise, who seems to be suiting up to save Hawkins from evil.
As for the monsters who show up, some only appear briefly, but all in all, clips of the following boogeymen are included somewhere within Slasher Things: Pinhead from Hellraiser, The Tall Man from Phantasm, The Creeper from Jeepers Creepers, Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street, Michael Myers from Halloween, Candyman, a couple of the puppets from Puppet Master, Chucky from Child’s Play, Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th, Warlock, Leprechaun, Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Ghostface from Scream, Pumpkinhead, and of course, Pennywise from IT. References to other films like Saw, The Ring, and Videodrome are also visible.
Another aspect of Slasher Things sure to excite horror movie devotees is the blending in of some of the classic scores and sound effects from the referenced films, such as the prominent placement of the memorably spooky Phantasm theme up top. Since the clips from Stranger Things are taken from the season 2 trailer, Nitsche even went to the trouble of editing in Friday the 13th’s NES game as what Will, Lucas, Dustin, and Mike are playing at the beginning. Now, that’s dedication to a concept.
While Pinhead sadly won’t be there with such sights to show Will, Stranger Things of course returns for its highly anticipated 9-episode season 2 this October. The Duffer Brothers have also already confirmed Stranger Things season 3 as well, so fans should get ready to a lot more time in Hawkins, despite the absence of the above icons.
Stranger Things season 2 premieres October 27 on Netflix.
Source: Josh Nitsche
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