People have been raving about this new horror sci-fi series from Netflix, Stranger Things. And it?s not just because Winona Ryder?s back.
Netflix did not just give us the return of one of the most iconic actresses in the 80s and 90s but it also took us back to our childhood and whatever fantasy and terror lie within and beyond.
Here are 5 reasons why you should binge-watch all eight episodes of Stranger Things right now.
The soundtrack takes you back in time but still gives a modern twist
The nostalgia-inducing soundtrack was given a modern twist within the synth-laden theme. We were even treated to 80s hits like the lost boy?s favorite ?Should I Stay or Should I Go? by The Clash. Also, ?Waiting For A Girl Like You? by Foreigner and ?I Melt With You? by Modern English. ?
The opening theme of the show was created by an Austin band named Survive, Austin360 writes. The score just reminds you of all things mystery, sci-fi and horror in the 80s. Much like you were on a bicycle ride to the moon with E.T.
The themes are perfectly balanced
Houston Press writes that the series skilfully balances elements of horror, sci-fi and mystery with a coming-of-age drama without slipping too far away in any direction. It?s something kids aged 12 and over can actually watch and love. The horror is not too dark and gory and the sci-fi parts are not too complicated to grasp.
The element of the ?monster? is kind of like watching Scooby Doo where the real monsters are actually people.
It?s a perfect homage to the 80s
From the set, to the soundtrack, to the themes, to the characters, to the geeky references?it?s basically a homage to our childhood. A group of four kids playing Dungeons & Dragons in the basement, colourful and playful patterns on almost every corner of the house, box cars, The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and even first kisses. They?re all there.
The Verge even described it as ?the show Stephen Spielberg and Stephen King never made.?
The acting is beyond brilliant
Apart from the return of Ryder and her first time on the small screen, we have to give credit to the younger cast members. Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin and Gaten Matarazzo, who play a group of nerdy friends, seemed like real 80s kids who were taken straight from that era through a time machine. Noah Schnapp looks like a younger version of Frodo while his friends are like Sam, Merry and Pippin trying to save him from a Dark Lord.
But it?s 12-year-old Millie Brown who took the Stranger spotlight. Her performance as a telekinetic girl is so mind-blowing that you?ll catch yourself in awe at even the smallest of actions. She perfectly communicates a spectrum of emotions with so little dialogue. The smallest of movements such as a glance, would manage to captivate you.
It makes you crave for more
Every episode ends with a cliff-hanger?the good kind?which makes you want to watch the rest of the series until the eighth episode.
So just do yourself a favour and watch Stranger Things right now if you haven?t yet. You?re welcome.
Check out the series’ first eight minutes below: