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Stranger Things Represents the Horror Genre with Golden Globe Awards Nominations

Horror movies and television shows aren’t often represented during end of year awards seasons. Oftentimes, the content of the horror genre doesn’t fit the narrow set of qualities that judges look for when selecting the winners of their most prestigious awards.

Enter Stranger Things, the Netflix 80’s throwback that took the television-viewing nation by storm this summer! From the minds of the Duffer Brothers, the show blended a perfect mix of monsters, horror, science fiction and action, with clever homages to 1980’s filmmaking sprinkled throughout. As fans spent the summer falling in love with its characters and its contagious nostalgia, members of the Hollywood Foreign Press were considering the series for some Golden Globe Awards. Stranger Things has been nominated for “Best Television Series- Drama,” and Winona Ryder has been nominated for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series- Drama.” After starring in such spooky hits as Beetlejuice and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Ryder has not been as active in the world of acting in recent years. She chose an excellent project to return with, and her hard work and talent is being recognized by fans and critics alike. read more

Stranger Things Adds Sean Astin, Paul Reiser, and Linnea Berthelsen to Cast for Season Two

As reported by Entertainment Weekly,  the sophomore season of Stranger Things will add a number of genre veterans to the Netflix sleeper hit.

Heading that list is Samwise Gamgee himself Sean Astin.   Co-directors Ross and Matt Duffer described Astin’s character as “a kindhearted former nerd who went to high school with Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Hopper (David Harbour) and now manages the local Hawkins RadioShack.”

Paul Reiser, who portrayed ruthless businessman Burke in Aliens, will get another chance to play a character with seemingly good intentions in the form of Dr. Owens, “a high-ranking member within the Department of Energy on a ‘clean-up’ assignment, tasked with containing the events of last year.” read more

Funko to Release Stranger Things Line of Pop! Vinyl Dolls in 2017

Toy heavyweights Funko, the company behind the popular re-Action and Pop! vinyl lines, announced on Monday that they will be producing a line of Pop! vinyl figures for the surprise hit Netflix series Stranger Things.  The dolls are due to hit toy stores and online merchants in early 2017.

Funko made the announcement via their website, after successfully gauging fan interest for a possible line based on characters from the show.  Last month, the company posted concept images of Eleven and Barb online and were overwhelmed by the amount of interest they generated on social media.  Funko’s Director of Marketing, Mark Robben, shared the same sentiment while expressing gratitude for the positive response from the show’s rabid fanbase. read more

Joe Hill’s Snapshot 1988 Finds a Home at Universal

The Hollywood Reporter just confirmed that Joe Hill’s horror novela “Snapshot 1988” has been acquired by Universal Pictures.  If the story doesn’t sound  familiar to Joe Hill fans, it is because the story has not been released yet.  “Snapshot 1988” is one of four stories that will be published as a collection in the Spring of 2018.

Why did this story generate so much buzz in Hollywood?  The Hollywood Reporter speculates that it is based on “the Stranger Things ripple effect”.   It is certainly unusual for an unpublished property to be fast-tracked in this way, and it may have to do with the subject matter.  The story focuses on ” … a 13-year old boy who ends up taking care of his elderly former housekeeper whom he thinks is succumbing to dementia. What he doesn’t know is that her memories are not being lost but stolen by an evil man named The Phoenician who uses a camera that steals memories.” read more

Stranger Things Set to Come Back with Season 2 in 2017

The producers of Netflix’s hit show Stranger Things have been teasing a second season over the past month and today Deadline reported the reality; the show will return to Netflix in 2017 with a new season consisting of nine episodes.

With no word on casting yet, it’s safe to assume that season two will be a continuation of the highly successful first season. Co-creator and writer Matt Duffer said, “There’s definitely some dangling threads at the end, it’s open-ended so that if people want it, if Netflix wanted it, we could explore that and continue the storyline.” read more

Stranger Things Second Season All but Confirmed by Netflix

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. read more

Stranger Things – Review

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