I'm not usually a fan of horror movies or shows but I can't get enough of the new show on Netflix called Stranger Things. The ode to 80's TV will keep you on the edge of your seat. The short season had me and my husband binge watching three episodes a night once we got the kids to bed. Before starting the show, the writers all watched (or rewatched) a large list of films, including E.T., Stand By Me, The Goonies, The Thing, and A Nightmare on Elm Street.
A love letter to the ’80s classics that captivated a generation, Stranger Thingsis set in 1983 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.
Without giving away any spoilers I'll say that this show doesn't quite fit into the horror category because it has elements of sci-fi, conspiracy thriller, and some killer 80's music. The music actually makes this show even more exciting. Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon pull this show together with sound, they composed over 13 hours for this show. I'm a strong believer that music in a film or show can make or break it. For example, Batman vs Supermans score drove me bonkers and I couldn't wait for it to be drowned out by a battle scene, but Lord of the Rings is engraved into my brain and I now study to it.
Take a look at the trailer.
Winona Ryder plays the mother of the missing boy Will. Her emotions on screen will grip any mother and have you cheering for her to not give up. She is joined by another great new actor, Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven. Millie had to shave most of her hair off for the show. As can be expected of any 11 year-old girl, this was a terrifying prospect. The Duffers showed her how cool Charlize Theron looked in Mad Max: Fury Road, after which Millie agreed to it. She captivates in all of her scenes, from a scared innocent child to a scary one with powerful abilities.
She is joined by three other boys with a passion for all things nerdy and trying desperately to find their friend Will. Their love for nerdy things plays a key role in their adventure to uncovering what happened to their friend. Their passion gives them faith that they can rescue their friend. It's very inspiring.
Stranger Things is now streaming all episode on Netflix. My only complaint is that it that the season was only 8 episodes long! But the final episode gives me hope that we will get to see another season.
I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team, all opinions are my own.