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Upcoming Netflix Series ‘Stranger Things’ Looks Totally Wicked

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“The only point of clocks and maps
The only point in looking back
Is to see how far we’ve come”

Oh, you think nostalgia is your ally.  But you merely adopted the 80’s; I was born before them, moulded by them.  We are all anchored to some extent t0 a particular time and space, decades have a distinct look and feel about them and if you actually lived through them, you know them when you see them.  If you weren’t alive or you were too young to remember certain periods of time, glimpses of the past seem vaguely strange.  Nostalgia is a peculiar feeling, while some people revel in and pine over people, places and things of the past, others revile it and choose to repress memories of yesteryear.   If history has shown us anything, it’s that some trends like the dinosaurs all but become extinct, while others have a way of coming back to life.  Let’s take 1980’s fashion for example.  Those much-maligned skinny acid-washed jeans you used to peg at the bottom, a puffy bomber jacket, an oversized shirt, maybe even some mirrored sunglasses, you guessed it, they’re back!

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A simpler time. Kids riding their bikes unsupervised.

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The classic yellow rotary dial wall phone without: call waiting, caller ID, or voicemail. Used in conjunction with a phone book.

Which brings me to the upcoming original series, Stranger Things, which is premiering on Netflix next month.  The eight episode, mid to late 80’s inspired television series not only recalls the aesthetics of the iconic decade, but also resurrects some familiar actors connected to that era, namely Winona Ryder (Lucas, Beetlejuice, Heathers, Edward Scissorhands) and Matthew Modine (Vision Quest, Full Metal Jacket, Married to the Mob) giving the forthcoming horror/thriller show some gravitas.  As much as the 80’s were known as a decade of excess, many also consider it the foremost time-period for filmmaking in the horror genre, and the arrival of the Hollywood blockbuster.  Alongside Ryder and Modine, a number of young actors are making their debut, and as you can see from the trailer, the look and storyline is a mixture between great 80’s cinema, The Goonies and Stand By Me meets E.T and The Thing, with the bleakness and scariness of The Shining.

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Vintage Panasonic RX-5090 Stereo Cassette AM-FM Line I/O Radio Recorder Boombox.

Here’s a synopsis of the show:

“Hawkins Indiana, 1980’s.  Stranger Things chronicles the search for a young boy who vanishes into thin air under highly-suspicious circumstances.  His mother (Ryder) opens an investigation into the boy’s disappearance with local authorities that unravles a series of mysteries involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl”

Like, Oh My God, it’s almost as if Stephen King, Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter had a baby and this was the result.  Scare-O-Rama!  {That’s stereotypical 80’s Valley Girl slang for the uninitiated}  By the looks of the trailer, there’s plenty here for everyone.  Older audiences sentimental to the decade will certainly delight in the familiar settings, technologies, automobiles and clothing of the 80’s.  While some younger viewers may scoff at such dated artifacts, those drawn to the horror/thriller genre will find themselves right at home.  Ultimately, it will depend on the strength of the writing, because a suspenseful and compelling story is something that will always remain timeless, no matter how strange or fimiliar things may appear.

Stranger Things are happening July 15 on Netflix.

 

 

Article written by Matthew Mahone

Follow me on Twitter @M_E_Mahone