What was it about the 1980’s that made it such a magical time for genre movies about kids? It was during this time that filmmakers like Steven Spielberg and Richard Donner just seemed to crack the code on how to tap into a sense of both childhood adventure/wonder and chilling dread, which resulted in such classics as E.T., Poltergeist and Goonies.
And now Netflix thinks they can nail that iconic feeling all over again with upcoming supernatural series Stranger Things. And based on this great first trailer for what the streaming network is describing as their “a love letter to the supernatural classics of the ’80s,” they seem to be doing just that. They’re hitting all the right marks here from mysteriously disappearing kids, to shady government men in hazmat suits, to sleepy middle-American town with a lot more going than people may think, and my personal favourite: kids riding around on bicycles.
Check it out below.
Set in Hawkins Indiana in the 1980s, Stranger Things chronicles the search for a young boy who vanishes into thin air under highly suspicious circumstances. His mother (Winona Ryder) opens an investigation into the boy’s disappearance with local authorities that unravels a series of mysteries involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl. A love letter to the ubiquitous cult classics of the 80’s, Stranger Things is a coming of age story for three boys that draws this quaint community into a world where mysteries lurk beneath the surface.
Damn, that looks potentially great, and I will definitely be binge-watching this when it debuts its 8-episode first season on 15 July in all Netflix territories.
Stranger Things is written and directed by brothers Matt and Ross Duffer (Wayward Pines, Hidden) and stars Winona Ryder, Matthew Modine, David Harbour, Charlie Heaton, Natalia Dyer, Millie Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin, and Gaten Matarazzo, and Cara Buono.
Last Updated: June 10, 2016