Stranger Things Season 1 on Netflix | The Writers’ Room Podcast | Episode 318
Netflix continues its streak of refreshing, alternative programming with summer hit, Stranger Things, which many have compared to a TV Goonies, if it was set in Twin Peaks and featured the special effects team from The X Files. The show was created by a relatively unknown writing duo known as the Duffer Brothers, aka Matt and Ross Duffer, twin brothers with few other credits on their IMDB than this series, but who will no doubt be tapped for more in the wake of ST’s success.
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The story centers around an ensemble cast including Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, the excellent young Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Cara Buono, and Matthew Modine (the requisite Cigarette Smoking Man). When young D&D enthusiast, Will, goes missing in conjunction with the appearance of a frightening and mysterious mouth face monster, a telekinetic girl helps his friends track him down and fight the evil. Older brothers and sisters and their friends plus parents round out the town.
Maybe the most imaginative set piece is the Byers’ home outfitted with the Christmas light Ouija board. Now there’s a sight we haven’t seen before.
Set in the 1980’s, every frame of the show holds an homage to beloved male ’80’s pop culture, from Spielberg to Stephen King and John Carpenter. The show also relies heavily on a dark, dreamy tone reminiscent of the previously mentioned Twin Peaks and X Files paired with a moody synth score to enhance the scares.
UPDATE: Check out the trailer for Stranger Things Season 2
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