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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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 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.
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.)
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.
“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.
“I’m sorry. You ate my cat.” Funko’s upcoming Supercute Plushie set will let you pet (or kick the crap out of) Dart the demodog without fear. Stranger Things’ ode to Gremlins is depicted as three nesting dolls: a 1″ pollywog, a 2″ slug and a 9″ demodog.
Musician Isaac May celebrates his excitement for season two of Stranger Things with a cool acoustic cover version of Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein’s enveloping, synthwave theme song, performed on the kinds of instruments typically played in bluegrass music.