Netflix’s surprise summer hit Stranger Things renewal was all but confirmed by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings when he recently told the British news outlet the Guardian that“we would be dumb not to”. Stranger Things has captured a wide fan base, engaging both horror and science fiction fans and those that love the coming of age tales of directors Steven Spielberg and John Hughes. The series, created by Matt and Ross Duffer, currently sits atop IMDB’s favorite television programs (above perennial favorite Game of Thrones) and also earned a certified fresh rating of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes.
It’s been a really, really long time since I was captivated by a television show the way that I was, and am, captivated by Stranger Things.
After hearing the whispers about ST at my job a few weeks ago and then scrolling by a few people discussing it on the trusty old Facebook machine, my wife and I decided to give the show a whirl last week…we were both fascinated from episode one.
The show, set in Indiana 1983, opens with a scientist frantically scurrying down the corridor of a dimly lit lab toward an elevator. It’s clear that he is trying to escape from something and you can tell by the tension-filled score that something bad is on its way. As he finally makes it into the elevator and the doors begin to close, it seems like he might make it; that is, of course, until he’s snatched up by something on the ceiling. Immediately, the action music stops and we’re transported to the basement of a suburban home where four pre-teen boys are engrossed in a Dungeons and Dragons campaign. read more
Darknet Season 1 – Review
By Lynn Sorel
Rating: 9 out of 10
Synopsis: A macabre web site called Darknet links the tales in this chilling anthology series whose protagonists face a range of unnamable horrors.
Darknet is a horror anthology web series designed for a 21st century internet mindset. Adapted from the cult Japanese television series, Tori Hada, by Vincenzo Natali (HAUNTER, SPLICE, CUBE) and Steven Hoban (HAUNTER, SPLICE, WOLVES, BLACK CHRISTMAS, GINGER SNAPS TRILOGY). Darknet offers snippets of people’s lives being interrupted by vivid instances of unexpected violence or shocking strangeness. Viewers become part of the Darknet, a mysterious closed network of disturbing imagery and stories that exist just under the surface of our ordered and safe society. read more