Word has it that a supernatural drama/thriller is never too far from my Creators profile - so here's another paranormal related post for you! Stranger Things is arriving on Netflix this Friday (15th July) and based on the pre-release reviews, it may just be the only thing you will stream this weekend. A young boy vanishes out of the blue and his hysteric mother, friends and police uncover an unexplainable mystery upon investigation involving the supernatural, secret government experiments and one very strange little girl.
Set in Indiana in 1983, it is almost guaranteed to give you everything that made Stand By Me, E.T and The X-Files each so revolutionary. Cliches, kids riding around their sleepy neighbourhood on their BMX, hair scrunchie wearing little sisters (with more than a pinch of attitude) and the realisation of pre-teens everywhere that there is more to life than this.
Winona Ryder, who plays Joyce - the mother of the missing boy, is a fantastic addition to the cast. Her iconic career and impressive backlog of similar films of the eighties such as Beetlejuice and Heathers (which I both love) make her an obvious and reliable choice for this series. She is also a loyal supporter of the Polly Klaas Foundation for Prevention of Child Abduction in real-life and helped with the investigation into what happened to Polly, who was abducted and murdered in Winona's hometown of Petaluma, California in 1993. With the difficult subject so close to her heart personally, I'm sure she will provide a fantastic delivery.
Similar to E.T - The Extra Terrestrial, the majority of the cast is relatively young, from what has been shown on trailers and clips however, the child actors act way beyond their years. Believable yet emotional. E.T worked so well due to the kids offsetting each other and each being great actors in the making. It is always interesting to see how a show with a young cast pans out - look at Full House for example - the kids can really make the show and contribute greatly to its success.
If you are yet to see the trailer, check it out below:
Looks good, right? I can't help but see the little girl, toward the end of the trailer, as a pigtailed Drew Barrymore though!
Whether it is an ode to E.T or a concept that will stand alone - there is suspense and thrills aplenty. I'm sure this series will get everyone talking by the end of next week.
Are you excited for this show? Let me know in the comments!