Awesome Stranger Things

Becoming Vecna

Becoming Vecna

It’s common knowledge that Vecna is the Big Bad on Stranger Things 4. But if you haven’t watched it yet, don’t click play, or you’ll spoil an important plot point. But if you already know who Vecna is, watch and enjoy this actor’s transformation from human into beast, with occasional phone calls and sips of Starbucks along the way.

Epic Stranger Things Diorama

Epic Stranger Things Diorama

Artist and filmmaker Sebastian Jern creates amazing miniature scenes which he brings to life with lighting and practical effects. Here, he shows off a tiny tribute to Stranger Things, with dark and puffy cotton clouds and a terrifying monster lurking within. His miniature Mount Everest and Moon scenes are similarly phenomenal.

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Running Up That Hank Hill

Running Up That Hank Hill

Stranger Things season four has reignited the popularity of the Kate Bush track Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God). Musician Jake Brodes of Drunk Uncle imagines what the 1985 classic might have sounded like if it were sung by Hank Hill instead of the enigmatic singer/songwriter.

Stranger Things Arcade Desk Caddy

Stranger Things Arcade Desk Caddy
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With all the interdimensional monster battles, been a while since the kids on Stranger Things had time to play video games. This mini arcade machine desk caddy brings back memories of happier days for Hawkins and offers a great place to store your pens and pencils. The MDF wood cabinet measures 5.5″ tall.

Stranger Things Arcade Machine Cat House

Stranger Things Arcade Machine Cat House
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Your cats will love hanging out in this old-school arcade cabinet, inspired by the Palace Arcade in Stranger Things. The cardboard cat house has two levels on which to lounge, each with a scratcher surface for kitty manicures and pedicures. No quarters required.

The Tone and Style of Stranger Things

The Tone and Style of Stranger Things

There’s no question that people love Stranger Things. But what is it about the Netflix series’ mix of sci-fi, horror, and ’80s coming-of-age flicks that make it work so well? Michael Tucker from Lessons from the Screenplay delves into some of the audio and visual tricks the Duffer Brothers have used to create such a magical blend.

Stranger Things Drive-Into Experience

Stranger Things Drive-Into Experience

As if the pandemic isn’t scary enough, paranormal fans will soon be able to enter the Upside Down at Stranger Things: The Drive-Into Experience. In October 2020, Downtown L.A. will become 1985 Hawkins, Indiana for a trippy one-hour road trip (in your own car for safe distancing) through the Starcourt Mall, Russian Labs, and more.

Stranger Things Mini Arcade Machine

Stranger Things Mini Arcade Machine
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This tiny 6.5″ tall arcade machine features graphics inspired by Stranger Things‘ Palace Arcade, along with images from Namco games Dig Dug, Galaga, Galaxian, and Pac-Man. It’s fully playable, with those classic 8-bit titles, plus 16 Stranger Things-themed games.

Hopper We Love You

Hopper We Love You

Now that there’s hope that Hopper will return in Stranger Things 4, let’s take a moment to remember exactly why we love Hawkins’ mustachioed sheriff so much. This great reel posted by Netflix compiles some of his most entertaining and emotional moments throughout the show’s first three seasons.

Stranger Things 4 (Teaser)

Stranger Things 4 (Teaser)

Given the way season three of Stranger Things ended, we didn’t know if we’d ever see Hopper again. Well now that we have the teaser for the fourth installment, we think we have our answer. Of course, Hop could just have an evil identical twin laying train tracks in Russia too.

Stranger Things Pinball

Stranger Things Pinball

Take a trip to 1980s Hawkins, Indiana and battle the Demogorgon with Stern Pinball’s Stranger Things machines. You’ll want to opt for the pricey Premium or Limited Edition, which have a projection video screen and “telekinesis” magnetic ball lock. We’re kind of bummed they didn’t do a lower-level playfield for The Upside Down.

Stranger Things Bad Lip Reading 2

Stranger Things Bad Lip Reading 2

Bad Lip Reading couldn’t fit enough weirdness into its previous Stranger Things video, so they made a sequel. This one plays out like a bad 1980s after school special, complete with questionable moral decisions, fighting parents, bullying, emotional manipulation, and conflict for days. Also, has anybody seen Marm?

Universal Studios x Stranger Things

Universal Studios x Stranger Things

Stranger Things haunts Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando and Hollywood this season. The attraction re-stages some of the show’s scariest bits including the Demodogs. It’s a real scream, as season three co-star Priah Ferguson discovered. Watch as Priah faces her fears… and her doppelgänger.

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Recreating the Mind Flayer

Recreating the Mind Flayer

CGI animator Seth Worley shows us how to replicate the creepy Mind Flayer and its accompanying red lightning storm from Stranger Things using Adobe After Effects and a handful of Red Giant’s useful visual effects plugins. Now he needs to make the season 3 version of the monster inside of Starcourt Mall.

Stranger Things Film References

Stranger Things Film References

(Spoilers, Gore) Stranger Things creators Ross and Matt Duffer sat down with Wired to walk through some of the many references to 1980s science fiction, horror, and adventure movies peppered throughout the series. While some, like E.T. and Alien, are obvious, others, like Altered States are a little more subtly integrated.

Hopper, P.I.

Hopper, P.I.

Stranger Things is jam-packed with nods to ’80s pop culture, so it only makes sense that its characters could be dropped straight into an ’80s TV series. Video editor Eddie Spuhghetti of Here Lies did an excellent job dropping Sheriff Hopper into the opening credits of Magnum P.I.

Stranger Things MLB Caps

Stranger Things MLB Caps
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Licensed MLB accessory maker 47 is offering a series of strapback baseball caps inspired by Stranger Things. Choose from team names in the iconic Stranger Things Font, or Hawkins High School 1983 hats with team logos on the side. (Thanks Mike!)

Stranger Things OneStep 2 Camera

Celebrate the return of Stranger Things with this special edition retro One Step 2 instant camera from Polaroid Originals. It features upside-down typography, and comes one pack of special Stranger Things film featuring borders inspired by the hit Netflix series. Additional film available here.

Nike x Stranger Things Collection

Nike x Stranger Things Collection

Nike has unveiled a Stranger Things-themed collection of shoes and apparel. The Hawkins High pack consists of special colorways of the Blazer, the Tailwind and the Cortez, while the apparel consists of a tee, hoodies, pants and a cap. They will be available 6/27/19, just in time for Season 3.

LEGO Stranger Things: The Upside Down

LEGO Stranger Things: The Upside Down
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Stranger Things gets the LEGO treatment with this awesome 2287-piece set, which features a detailed model of the Byers’ house that flips to show an Upside Down version. Includes minifigs of the kids, Sheriff Hopper, Joyce Byers, and the Demogorgon. Drops 6/1/19 (5/15 for LEGO VIP members.)

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Stranger Things Season 3 (Trailer)

Stranger Things Season 3 (Trailer)

As the kids of Hawkins grow into their teenage years, we’re reminded of 1980s coming-of-age films like Stand By Me, but don’t you worry, there’s still lots of crazy and creepy stuff going on by the time we get to the back half of the season 3 trailer.

Stranger Things Halloween Sounds LP

Stranger Things Halloween Sounds LP
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Have your turntable join in on the Halloween fun with the first vinyl release of Stranger Things: Halloween Sounds from the Upside Down. The record contains ominous tracks previously exclusive to the Apple Music release of the Stranger Things 2 soundtrack.

Stranger Things Season 3 (Teaser)

Stranger Things Season 3 (Teaser)

“And don’t forget! A state-of-the-art food court!” Netflix went all in for this short but rad teaser for the third season of Stranger Things. It’s an advertisement for Starcourt Mall, a newly opened mall in the show’s town. It should make for an awesome setting for the series.

LEGO Stranger Things Byers House

LEGO Stranger Things Byers House

LEGO enthusiast Finn aka Mr.MOCsProductions built a diorama of the Byers’ house from Stranger Things that comes complete with its Upside Down equivalent, which naturally is upside down and below the normal house. Check out Finn’s build log here.

SNL: Stranger Things 3

SNL: Stranger Things 3

Mike and Eleven meet up with more kids with unusual – and often unnecessary powers in this silly parody of Stranger Things from Saturday Night Live. For decades, the show could have used someone with Three’s power.

Sculpting a Demogorgon

Sculpting a Demogorgon

Watch as sculptor LoreCraft transforms a hunk of styrofoam, clay, mesh, and paints into a detailed bust of the nightmare-inducing demogorgon from Stranger Things. Those teeth still get us every time. Oh, and watch the volume on your speakers at 5:00.

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