Winona Ryder makes a comeback, and this time on the small screen with the new Netflix supernatural horror series, Stranger Things, which officially premieres this Friday, July 15.
The series was created by identical twin brothers Matt and Ross Duffer who have taken inspiration from the 80s supernatural films, paying homage to Steven Spielberg and Stephen King. For those who love the 80s era of supernatural coming-of-age films, then this new show is for you.
?Nothing is stranger than believing,? as the exclusive preview from Netflix eerily declares. The streaming service has released the first eight minutes of the series ahead of its July 15 premiere and here?s what you need to know:
Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s. November 6, 1983 to be exact as seen on the exclusive preview.
According to the official synopsis from Netflix: 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 80s, Stranger Things is also a coming of age story for the boy?s three closest friends that draws them into a world where mysteries lurk beneath the surface.
Expect a lot of flickering lights and mysterious silhouettes
The first eight minutes of the new series already delivered some really spooky moments and we are going to get more of them throughout all eight episodes.
Expect a whole new level of Dungeons and Dragons
In the opening scenes, we first meet our core group of boys who are playing Dungeons and Dragons in a home basement. It looks like they?re going to get some real terror and real monsters as we go along.
The series screams 80s
The identical twin brothers Matt and Ross Duffer were heavily influenced by the 80s supernatural and horror films like Jaws, Poltergeist, ET, Goonies and Stand By Me. They basically grew up reading Stephen King and watching Steven Spielberg movies. The soundtrack also screams 80s horror nostalgia for everyone who grew up watching these films.
Season 2 has been confirmed
Matthew Modine, who plays Dr. Martin Brenner, has confirmed that there will be a Season 2 for the horror series in an interview with Spoiler TV.
Catch Stranger Things as it premieres on Netflix this Friday, July 15.