Y'know what's really cool? I hadn't even heard of Netflix's Stranger Things until about ten minutes ago, when the series' first trailer landed on my radar. For something that looks like it was custom-designed for someone with my interests (the Amblin films of the '80s, Winona Ryder, transparent-but-perfectly-executed Spielberg homages, what may or may not be aliens creeping around in the woods, etc), that's sort of shocking.
I mean, look at this thing:
That looks fantastic! And look at this poster! It's like a mid-'80s Stephen King novel and an Amblin poster had a baby!
I don't need to see anything else. I'm onboard with this. My body is ready. But on the off-chance that you need a bit more convincing, here's the official plot synopsis, which also sounds rad:
Set in Hawkins Indiana in the 1980’s, 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.
It's like Netflix watched Super 8 and said, "Y'know what? We can do better than this." Then they hired two relative unknowns - Matt and Ross Duffer - to pull it off. We won't know if they did until the series premieres on July 15th, but that trailer's pretty damn convincing.
What do you guys think? Into it?