First Trailer For Netflix’s STRANGER THINGS Looks Straight-Up Spielbergian

You guys gotta see this.

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? 

Related Articles