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TV Review: Stranger Things

By: Hossain Mursalin

Are you ready to get scared and thrilled at the same time? If you are , then you are in for a treat because Netflix has an all new series, Stranger Things.
Stranger Things is an American supernatural, horror-science, fiction web television series created by the Duffer Brothers. It is written and directed by Matt and Ross Duffer. The show is set in the 1980s in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. If you simply are a fan of the films of the 1980s, films of the 1980s, then Stranger Things will feel very familiar in very satisfying ways.

Winona Ryder (known for Edward Scissorhands, Reality Bites etc.) made a strong comeback with this series after being out of the game for a while.  She plays the character of Joyce Byers whose 12 year old son, Will Byers, just disappeared. The plot follows the disappearance of Will and a psychokinetic girl, Eleven, who escapes from a secret government lab and coincidentally meets Will’s friends and later  helps them with their search, while the boy’s older brother, mother, and the town police chief start their own investigations. From the moment Stranger Things begins, you can feel the influences that have guided series creators Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer.
The portrayal of these young kids and the way they speak, interact, ride bikes together, feels incredibly Spielbergian and evokes the vibe of the kids on an amazing adventure scenes from E.T.

However, Stranger Things isn’t only going for the awe and the earned sentiment of Spielberg. This is a true mash-up of 80s influences.  Often gets scary and even getting into outright horror movie material, complete with some gore and at least one unfortunate victim.
The show has horror, thrills, adventure, mysteries and even monsters from other dimension. I mean what more could you ask for?

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