John Carpenter's E.T.)
Release Date: July 15th.
Written by: Matt and Ross Duffer.
Directed by: Matt and Ross Duffer.
Starring: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Matthew Modine, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, and Charlie Heaton.
Stranger Things is a love letter to the 80's. We grew up in the 80's, so the Dungeons & Dragons gaming sessions, the infectious pop music, the rotary phones, and TV antennas felt like a snapshot of our past to us.
In a way, we were the kids in this show. We were way cooler (obviously), but we played D&D, rode our bikes all over the place, and were totally afraid to talk to girls. Alright, fine. Maybe we were awkward too, but we're cool now. We think.
Even though we're going to keep things as vague as possible, mild spoilers do follow.
Dungeons & Dragons in which Demogorgon lays waste to the entire party when one of the players rolls a shitty 7 (all you needed was a 13!), four middle school friends call it a night and part ways. One of them, Will, never makes it home.
|"HAVE FUN NOT MAKING IT HOME."|
|I WONDER IF SHE HAS CALL-WAITING?|
And that's all we're saying.
|YEAH, THINGS GET STRANGE.|
Stranger Things is a show that is deeply rooted in the 80's, and not just because it takes place then; it feels like E.T. and The Goonies meets The Monster Squad, with a bit of old-school John Carpenter flair thrown in to make it darker. It also had obvious nods to Alien, and it reminded us of Silent Hill more than once, so really, it's a bunch of things thrown into one big, 80's-centric pot that made us nostalgia in a big way.
Had "Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter Presents" popped up during the opening credits, it wouldn't have shocked us at all.
|US, CIRCA 1983.|
It's all very dire, and as sweet as it can be, it's all very serious.
It was also over far too quick, and it left us hanging on a few plot points that have us really hoping that Netflix gives it a Season 2. Seriously, the waffles!
|IS THAT A OUIJA BOARD PAINTED ON THE WALL?|
|WINONA WENT DARK IN THIS ONE...|
|THE PANGS OF FIRST LOVE ARE APLENTY THOUGH.|
Should I Stay or Should I Go (The Clash)
I Melt With You (Modern English)
Waiting For a Girl Like You (Foreigner)
Sunglasses at Night (Corey Hart)
|*GOONIES THEME SONG INTENSIFIES*|
If you have Netflix, stream this bad boy asap.
Stranger Things is streaming on Netflix now.
Lucas, Winona Ryder was one of my biggest crushes as a kid. She's still beautiful today.