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Jody Houser Discusses Her ‘Stranger Things’ Graphic Novels at NYCC 2019: The Horror News Network Interview

When it comes to comic book adaptations of major horror and sci-fi film and television properties, there is no writer in the industry more prominent than Jody Houser. After adapting such hit franchises as Star Wars, The X-Files, Orphan Black, and Halo, the writer has recently turned her attention towards the expanded universe of Stranger Things. Horror News Network sat down with Houser at the Dark Horse Comics booth at New York Comic Con 2019 to learn more about her writing process and her creative decisions when crafting the graphic novel world of Stranger Things. read more

‘Stranger Things 4’ Announced with Teaser

Just like that, Stranger Things 4 has been announced and this time it’s spreading to new areas, at least that is what can be gathered from the preview released by Netflix today which emphasizes, “We’re not in Hawkins anymore.”

Stranger Things has captivated audiences via digital streaming with its throwback mid-1980’s setting, bizarre creatures, parallel words and the people who find these things in their small town of Hawkins, Indiana.

Created by brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, Season One premiered on July 15, 2016 followed by Seasons 2 and 3 on Halloween 2017 and July 4, 2019 respectively. read more

‘Stranger Things’ Chapter Coming to ‘Dead By Daylight’

The team at Behaviour Interactive once again gives horror fans a reason to rejoice as they have announced a Stranger Things Chapter in Dead by Daylight.

Behaviour describes the new release as:
The Entity descends on the Midwestern town of Hawkins as Stranger Things, the critically acclaimed Netflix Original Series enters the realm of Dead by Daylight. The Chapter introduces a new Killer and two new Survivors to the realm of The Entity: the monstrous, otherworldly Demogorgon is the new untamable Killer. Against it stands not one, but two, new Survivors: Nancy Wheeler, a tough aspiring journalist, and Steve Harrington, a former high school jock with a knack for finding trouble. The Stranger Things Chapter comes with a new map, the Underground Complex. Located below the Hawkins National Laboratory, this grim compound caused an inter-dimensional rift that released dozens of creatures before being sealed off. read more

‘Scoops Ahoy’ Dominates Cosplay at San Diego Comic-Con

With the massive success of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” it’s no surprise to see it represented heavily by cosplayers at a convention like SDCC where cosplay abounds. “Scoops Ahoy” is an ice cream shop on the show where teenage characters Steve and Robin have jobs. Since the Season 3 debut on July 4, many genre product manufactures have offered a nautical style to supply the fandom demand. Horror News Network staff onsite at SDCC suspected that the ultra-popular “Scoops Ahoy” style outfit would be worn by many cosplayers similar to previous years where newly popular characters such as Negan from “The Walking Dead” had been seen at practically every turn. While this does not show all the cosplayers sporting “Scoops Ahoy” garb, please enjoy the photo samples below. read more

‘Stranger Things’: Season Three Top 5 Moments

SPOILER ALERT

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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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

Netflix Releases Final ‘Stranger Things 3’ Trailer

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 Unveils ‘Stranger Things’ Upside Down Burger

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

Baskin-Robbins Celebrates ‘Stranger Things’ Season Three with Some Upside Down Treats

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

‘Stranger Things’ Returns to Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights 2019

Since the Stranger Things haunted house turned everything “upside down” at last year’s Halloween Horror Nights, it is no surprise that the a house based on the hit Netflix  program will once again return to both Universal Studios Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood.

According to Universal’s official Halloween Horror Nights website, “This year, you’ll experience an all-new haunted house where you will travel back to the small town of Hawkins, Indiana and walk-through some of the most terrifying scenes from Stranger Things 2 and 3.  Not only will you come face-to-face with snarling Demodogs, but you will also make your way through iconic scenes and locations, from Chief Hopper’s cabin to the Starcourt Mall.” read more

One Summer Can Change Everything in ‘Stranger Things 3’ Trailer

Netflix dropped the official trailer for Stranger Things 3 today and change is indeed coming to Hawkins, Indiana. The lovable kids we once knew are growing up and turning info young adults. Perhaps Finn Wolfhard sums it up best in the trailer as Mike says “We’re not kids anymore, I mean, what did you think? We were just going to sit in my basement all day?”

While the official plot is still under wraps, the near three-minute trailer gives us a fair share of what we can expect from the Emmy-nominated series in its junior season. read more