Looks like Netflix is bringing back yet another familiar face for the continuation of one of their most popular series. Henry Thomas, who played the younger version of Crane family patriarch Hugh Crain in the streaming service’s critically-acclaimed show The Haunting of Hill House, will return on the next installment titled The Haunting of Bly Manor. This news, along with the addition of Kate Siegel (who played older sister Theodora Crain) earlier today, was officially announced by series creator Mike Flanagan via his Twitter account over the last two days (see below.)
Prepare to start another Netflix binge in August as the critically acclaimed and fan favorite Mindhunter returns for its second season on August 16th. EW has confirmed that co-executive producer and director David Fincher recently revealed the upcoming season release date which will see the return of Jonathan Groff, Anna Torv and Holt McCallany. August was previously rumored after co-executive producer Charlize Theron mentioned the date on The Howard Stern Show a few months back.
During a recent interview in The Treatment podcast, Fincher revealed more about the upcoming season as Detectives Holden (Groff) and Tench (McCallany) continue to dig deep into America’s most notorious and gruesome murderers. Season two is set to focus on the horrific Atlanta child murders which took place between 1979-1981. No doubt fans of the show will be tuned in to watch as the pair delve deep into the psyche of more America’s notorious monsters. read more
Netflix executives must feel like they just received a life-time supply of U.S.S. Butterscotch from Scoops Ahoy! because the new season of Stranger Things has shattered all previous records for the company in terms of viewership.
According to an official tweet from Netflix, season three of Stranger Things been watched by 40.7 million household accounts with 18.2 million of those viewers having already binge-watched the entire season.
.@Stranger_Things 3 is breaking Netflix records!
40.7 million household accounts have been watching the show since its July 4 global launch — more than any other film or series in its first four days. And 18.2 million have already finished the entire season. read more
As one of the many who binged the new season of Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things over the weekend, I can easily say this season was better than season two. Not that last season was bad, not at all. Season three, however, provided a lot more depth to the storytelling. And yes, this includes spoilers. Those who have watched the entire season know that you can’t recap without major spoilers.
- Steve and Robin- While many fans assumed this would be a new love interest for Steve, such was not the case. The chemistry between the two is great. However, after a harrowing encounter with the Russians, Steve and Robin have a heart to heart talk about their feelings. This is where Robin tells Steve she’s gay. Anyone who remembers the 1980s knows that this was not a point in time that was friendly to the LGBTQ community. Robin feeling the need to hide her homosexuality fits right in with the setting of small town 1985 America. Steve’s reaction was perfect and non-judgmental. The friendship between him and Robin, as well as the character of Robin navigating Hawkins, Indiana deserves more exploration in season four.
- Girl Power- While past seasons have seen Eleven save the day time and time again, this season saw Max and Nancy assert themselves and drive not only the action, but also the narrative of the story a bit more. The friendship of El and Max was definitely fun to watch. As Eleven grows up, it shows her to be very much acclimating to teenage life. Nancy, on the other hand, had her hands full trying to make an impression at the male dominated local newspaper. Once again, showing that 1985 was a year where women had long standing battles to fight to be taken seriously. With that said, it wasn’t only Eleven and Nancy playing an integral role in saving the world. Suzie assisted to unlock the safe and it was Robin who cracked the Russian’s code. Let’s also not forget Joyce, who was left on her own yet managed to pull it all together and shut down the re-opening of the portal.
- Eleven Loses Her Power- In the finale, we see Eleven completely drained of her powers. While frightening for fans, this was a chance for the rest of the group to all rally and save the human race. I, personally, felt this was a brilliant twist by the Duffers. Having the group, and the plot, constantly depending on Eleven to save the day would get too predictable. This is a nail biter for fans, leaving them to wonder if Eleven’s powers will return in season four, or will we see Eleven have to adjust to NOT having them.
- The Redemption of Billy- Let’s be honest here, Billy Hargrove has never been a likable character. However, last season we saw a bit of his home life, which tried to explain some of his dysfunction and erratic behavior. This was a small detour last year and season two ended with Billy still being just the town bully… and Mrs. Wheeler’s crush. The mind flayer taking over Billy made sense because of his physical build and violent tendencies. What most fans did not expect was to see the emotional rollercoaster, which Dacre Montgomery did a tremendous job of portraying. Whether it was his breakdown on the sauna, or Eleven’s trip through his broken childhood, Billy had quite the journey this season. At the end of the day, it was Billy who came through and saved Eleven. The Duffer brothers surprised us with the emotional depth and humanity of Billy’s last moments.
- Hopper- Grab your tissues! The shocking conclusion saw the explosion at the mall and the “death” of Hopper. If the anguish of Joyce and Eleven, both incredibly well played by Winona Ryder and Millie Bobbi Brown, doesn’t make you teary-eyed, then you may need to check your heart. If you waited and watched the ending credits, however, you saw the Russian prison where the guard made reference to an American. We never actually see Hopper’s body. Does this leave the door open for Hopper to still be out there somewhere? Is this a cliffhanger for fans to hang on? Either way, in a finale full of slime, gore, and action, the Duffers tie it all back together with the relationships that bond the group together.
So, with Hopper possibly gone and the Byers moving, Stranger Things third season leaves a lot of unanswered questions as to how and where it will pick up next season. Will Eleven get her power back? How will the show deal with the Byers moving out of Hawkins? What are the Russians planning to do with the Demogorgon? Will we see more of Dustin and Suzie together? With the kids slowly becoming adults and the mind-flayer still out there, I’m sure there will be no shortage of material for next year’s Stranger Things binge. read more
They say that “the Devil is in the details”, but it appears that the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property was more concerned with the Devil, than the details in the case of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens adaptation.
The organization (also known as The Christian Return to Order) got a little too hot under the collar about the new Amazon Prime series, and forgot which streaming service was responsible for the “…mockery of God’s Order and religion…”. The petition (since removed from their website) demanded that Netflix remove the series from the airwaves, and asked signers to send the message to “…Netflix that we will not stand silent as they destroy the barriers of horror we still have for evil.” The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property was able to elicit over 20,000 signatures before they realized that they were petitioning the wrong streaming service. read more
The wait is nearly over! Before long, Stranger Things fans can throw a hot dog on the grill, set off a few state-approved fireworks, and stream the latest season of their favorite series from the comfort of their own homes. To mark the occasion, Netflix uploaded one last Stranger Things 3 trailer that’s chock full of product placement and references to “ending this once and for all!”
Nothing says “nostalgia” like Burger King, JCPenney, and final showdowns!
By the looks of it, Millie Bobby Brown’s Elleven may have sealed a legendary evil inside of our fearless heroes’ dimension at the end of Stranger Things 2, and it’s now looking for a host to come back in a big way. Who could it be? All will be revealed on July 4th, when the series will begin streaming in its entirety on Netflix. read more
Burger King joins the ever-expanding promotional partner list for Netflix’s Stranger Things season three with an official “Upside Down Burger”.
The limited-edition burger will hit the following cities on June 21: Miami, Houston, Boston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. There will only be eleven locations in total (get it?) featuring the burger (which in any reality is just a traditional Whopper served upside down, so just in case you can’t get to one of these locations, you can replicate the Hawkins National Laboratory experiment on your own with a simple flip). read more
Following the every-popular trend of sci-fi and horror food tie-ins, Baskin-Robbins is getting in on the act with an exclusive lineup of Stranger Things-inspired flavors including two new Flavors of the Month, new sundaes, frozen ice cream pizzas, and exclusive merchandise.
The two new flavors are called “Eleven’s Heaven”, described as “…a waffle cone-flavored ice cream with chocolate-coated sugar cone pieces and a chocolate icing flavored ribbon” and “Upside Down Pralines”, which features “…chocolate ice cream with praline pecans and a chocolate-caramel flavored ribbon.” read more
According to the official Dark Horse Comics press release, the innovative comic publisher has just signed an exclusive agreement with Netflix, giving the streaming giant “…a first look at its IP for both film and TV and has started exploring future projects.
In recent history, Netflix and Dark Horse collaborated on the adaptation of Gabriel Ba and Gerard Way’s The Umbrella Academy, (which was recently renewed for a second season) as well as Jonas Åkerlund’s webcomic-turned-graphic novel-turned-feature-film Polar. read more
It has been a long time coming, but it appears that Netflix’s television series based on the Polish fantasy-drama book series The Witcher will premiere on the streaming series very soon. Ted Sarandso, the Chief Content Officer for Netflix, announced on a recent investor call that the series, which began principal production last Halloween in Hungary, will debut in Q4 of 2019.
After nearly two years of updates, fans of The Witcher can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. Netflix originally announced production back in May of 2017, which would see an English-language adaptation of author Andrzej Sapkowski’s popular books. Henry Cavill (Man of Steel, Blood Creek) will be the main star, with the rest of the cast revealed back in October of 2018. Surprisingly, most of the information regarding this project has been leaked by executive producer, writer and show-runner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich. Hissrich, who came aboard in December 2017, revealed that she enlisted the assistance of Sapkowksi, and later tweeted in April 2018 that the first season would be 8 episodes long and would be filmed mostly in Central Europe. It was also recently reported that principal photography was moved last month to Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands. read more