A Refreshing Blast From the Past
Hands down, the showstopper of the summer was Netflix’s Stranger Things, a purposeful pastiche of ’70s/’80s horror that brought us all back to the innocence of either our (or our parents’) youth.
Drawing liberally from classics like The Thing, Stand by Me, Poltergeist, and even less scary films like The Breakfast Club, Stranger Things transports us all back to the 1980s, whether we lived through them or not, both in costumes and characters, style and soundtrack. Even at its core, the show is about the simpler days when everything was good vs. evil, and while ripe in government conspiracy, the characters are not yet cynical or tired.
If you haven’t watched the miniseries yet, it’s only eight episodes and you should seriously get on it. If you have watched once or twice, then keep reading to learn some fun and strange facts you may not yet know about the show!
Things are about to get pretty strange…
The Upside Down
If you want to learn more about the decaying parallel dimension known as the Upside Down, talk to the Duffer Brothers, the show’s creators. They told Variety, “We have a 30-page document that is pretty intricate in terms of what it all means, and where this monster actually came from, and why aren’t there more monsters — we have all this stuff that we just didn’t have time for, or we didn’t feel like we needed to get into in season one, because of the main tension of Will. We have that whole other world that we haven’t fully explored in this season, and that was very purposeful.”
What’s the Buzz?
When it came to accepting the lead role of Eleven, young actress Millie Bobby Brown’s family didn’t want her to take the role because it would mean shaving off her long hair. The directors told Millie to channel her inner Charlize Theron from Mad Max, and she finally decided it would all grow back anyway.