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'Stranger Things' creators explain it all about season 1

4 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I really enjoyed Netflix's Stranger Things, an unapologetic tribute to the works of Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, John Carpenter, and other masters of suspense and horror that creators Matt and Ross Duffer grew up loving. (Here's my initial review, and here are some spoiler-heavy thoughts on the season.) Yesterday, I spoke with the Duffer brothers about how they drew the line between homage and straight-up thievery, why the season was only 8 episodes (a length I think more Netflix dramas should try), why actor Gaten Matarazzo deserves so much credit for making Dustin the show's most entertaining character, what a potential second season would be like, and more. That's all coming up just as soon as you give me this phone, two weeks advance, and a pack of Camels... Where did you draw the line between paying homage to all those great movies and books of the period and trying to tell your own story? »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Five Reasons ‘Stranger Things’ Worked, and One Big Question

15 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Stranger Things” has pulled off an increasingly rare feat. In an age in which TV is saturated with what often feels like too much TV, it’s become a true word-of-mouth hit.

Of course, “hit” might not be the right word: Netflix, of course, does not release viewership figures. But there’s no denying that “Stranger Things,” which had a relatively low profile at its release, has gotten a lot of buzz. Positive reviews probably helped, but anecdotally speaking, people are doing a very old-fashioned thing: They’re telling their friends that this spooky drama is something special. It’s been fun to watch the show’s fanbase grow, quietly but relentlessly.

So I’d like to revise my review a little. When I first wrote about “Stranger Things,” I’d only seen four episodes, and now that I’ve seen all eight, my assessment is even more positive. There’s a decent chance it could end »

- Maureen Ryan

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Second Season Of Stranger Things Likened To Harry Potter

23 hours ago | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Imbued with a spooky, decidedly old-school atmosphere and more ’80s references that you can shake a VHS tape at, Matt and Ross Duffer’s Stranger Things proved to be the talk of the town earlier this month, and already there has been chatter of the Netflix Original being picked up for a second season.

That’s something that series producers Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen touched upon during a recent interview and here, co-creator Ross Duffer told Variety that there’s still plenty of mysteries yet to unfold within the remote town of Hawkins, Indiana.

Spoilers to follow if you’ve yet to finish the entire eight-episode season……

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Still with us? Here, Duffer teases The Upside Down – which has spawned a 30-page document at Netflix towers – and the “whole other world” that awaits.

There’s a lot there we don’t know or understand. »

- Michael Briers

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Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ Season Two Will Be a Sequel

26 July 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

More than a few of you probably spent your time last weekend binge-watching Netflix’s latest series Stranger Things. Matt and Ross Duffer‘s sci-fi show was embraced so quickly by the streaming service’s customers that a season two is already confirmed. The Duffer Brothers have shared a few details about what to expect from the next season of their hit […]

The post Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ Season Two Will Be a Sequel appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Multiple "Stranger Things" Seasons Planned

25 July 2016 10:17 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Netflix's "Stranger Things" has been generating much buzz since its release the other week, plenty of reactions seem to suggest it is one of the streaming service's most well-received shows with both critics and audiences.

At the end of its eight episode run, the series leaves things opening for more storylines next season. Netflix has yet to officially order more episodes, but those involved in the show are ready as soon they do.

The Duffer Brothers created, executive produced and directed the majority of the episodes, with Shawn Levy helming some of the others and served as executive producer. Speaking with Slashfilm, Levy revealed that "Stranger Things" events to come have been mapped out and there's plenty of material for more seasons:

"The answer is yes and yes. We definitely are hopeful to go several more seasons. And the plan is to continue with this set of characters while introducing »

- Garth Franklin

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‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Clues: Does Hopper Know Where [Spoiler] Is & What Happened?

25 July 2016 7:28 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Netflix’s new original series “Stranger Things” is a hit with critics and the public alike. People love the show’s cast, central mystery, and its various homages to ’80s legends like Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter, but most of all, they can’t wait for a second season. In a new interview with Variety, the series’ creators Matt and Ross Duffer, colloquially known as The Duffer Brothers, discussed creative choices regarding the season at large, including how to pace out the extent of Eleven’s powers and her true origins, whether the government conspiracy angle will be a long-term mystery for the show, and the Upside Down monster.

They also dropped a tiny clue about whether Chief Jim Hopper knows the true extent of Eleven’s whereabout at the end of the season, and potentially putting Hopper and Eleven together in upcoming episodes.

Read More: ‘Stranger Things’ Producers Hopeful »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Clues: Does Hopper Know Where [Spoiler] Is & What Happened?

25 July 2016 7:28 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Netflix’s new original series “Stranger Things” is a hit with critics and the public alike. People love the show’s cast, central mystery, and its various homages to ’80s legends like Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter, but most of all, they can’t wait for a second season. In a new interview with Variety, the series’ creators Matt and Ross Duffer, colloquially known as The Duffer Brothers, discussed creative choices regarding the season at large, including how to pace out the extent of Eleven’s powers and her true origins, whether the government conspiracy angle will be a long-term mystery for the show, and the Upside Down monster.

They also dropped a tiny clue about whether Chief Jim Hopper knows the true extent of Eleven’s whereabout at the end of the season, and potentially putting Hopper and Eleven together in upcoming episodes.

Read More: ‘Stranger Things’ Producers Hopeful »

- Vikram Murthi

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Ten Favorite Things About Stranger Things

23 July 2016 7:54 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Kieran, here.  There’s something to be said about earnest storytelling in television.  It often comes packaged in projects that are deeply flawed, but somehow those flaws contribute to what make the show a singular experience. Such is the case with Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” which premiered a week ago to much fanfare and online discussion.

Though “Stranger Things,” created by Matt and Ross Duffer very blatantly poaches elements from some very familiar markers it doesn’t resemble anything else on television at the moment. The aforementioned earnestness of this series about supernatural and…well, stranger things happening in 1983 small town Indiana could have easily served as a liability, but becomes one of the show’s greatest strengths. 

All of my defenses were up going into my viewing of “Stranger Things”. 80s-era Spielberg holds little personal resonance as it does for others. I’ve never seen The Goonies. I have »

- Kieran Scarlett

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‘Stranger Things’: Shawn Levy on Directing Winona Ryder, Netflix’s Viral Model

22 July 2016 3:08 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Shawn Levy isn’t the first Hollywood filmmaker you’d expect to be involved in a show like Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”

The hit-maker is best known for comedy franchises like “Night at the Museum,” “Cheaper By the Dozen” and “The Pink Panther.” But he also produced the nuanced teen indie “The Spectacular Now” and directed the Steven Spielberg homage “Real Steel” — two projects that aren’t so far removed from the world of Netflix’s breakout ’80s-set and inspired genre series.

In the week since “Stranger Things” debuted on Netflix, it’s become an instant cult sensation with huge social media buzz. Levy has been a believer from the beginning, when series creators Matt and Ross Duffer first pitched the idea to his production company, 21 Laps. He came on board, helped bring the series to Netflix, agreed to direct two episodes, and continues to champion the show as it finds its audience.

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- Geoff Berkshire

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‘Stranger Things’: Will Byers Missing Child Posters Pop Up Around Comic Con With #strangehunt

22 July 2016 7:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Netflix’s smash hit “Stranger Things” has landed at this year’s Comic Con, and the deliciously throwback series is eager to engage its rapidly expanding fanbase in a little scavenger hunt, and a strange one at that.

Matt and Ross Duffer’s eight-episode series follows a tight-knit group of geek-leaning friends who are thrown into turmoil — maybe of the supernatural variety? — when one of their own goes missing. (If this sounds like your favorite ’80s cult classic gussied up in fresh clothing for a new generation, that’s precisely what Duffer and company are aiming for.)

Read More: ‘Stranger Things’ Producers Hopeful For Several More Seasons With Same Characters

Now, fans of the show can go on their own search for missing 12-year-old Will Byers, as a bevy of missing child posters featuring poor Will’s terrified little face have popped up in and around this year’s San Diego Comic Con. »

- Kate Erbland

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‘Stranger Things’: Will Byers Missing Child Posters Pop Up Around Comic Con With #strangehunt

22 July 2016 7:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Netflix’s smash hit “Stranger Things” has landed at this year’s Comic Con, and the deliciously throwback series is eager to engage its rapidly expanding fanbase in a little scavenger hunt, and a strange one at that.

Matt and Ross Duffer’s eight-episode series follows a tight-knit group of geek-leaning friends who are thrown into turmoil — maybe of the supernatural variety? — when one of their own goes missing. (If this sounds like your favorite ’80s cult classic gussied up in fresh clothing for a new generation, that’s precisely what Duffer and company are aiming for.)

Read More: ‘Stranger Things’ Producers Hopeful For Several More Seasons With Same Characters

Now, fans of the show can go on their own search for missing 12-year-old Will Byers, as a bevy of missing child posters featuring poor Will’s terrified little face have popped up in and around this year’s San Diego Comic Con. »

- Kate Erbland

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‘Stranger Things’ Producers Hopeful For Several More Seasons With Same Characters

21 July 2016 2:16 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Netflix’s latest original series, “Stranger Things,” has become a total sensation, even having masters of horror Stephen King and Guillermo del Toro praise the show created by Matt and Ross Duffer.

In a new interview with Slash Films, executive producers of the series, Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen, discussed the success of the eight-episode thriller and what’s in store for the future.

Read More: ‘Stranger Things’ Fun Facts: Read Great Trivia About Music, Title Sequence & How Stephen King Shaped Filming

When asked where they see the show going and if they envision another season with the same characters, the answer was “yes!”

“The answer is yes and yes. We definitely are hopeful to go several more seasons,” said Levy. “And the plan is to continue with this set of characters while introducing a few critical key new ones next season. So I’ll just say that a lot »

- Liz Calvario

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‘Stranger Things’ Producers Hopeful For Several More Seasons With Same Characters

21 July 2016 2:16 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Netflix’s latest original series, “Stranger Things,” has become a total sensation, even having masters of horror Stephen King and Guillermo del Toro praise the show created by Matt and Ross Duffer.

In a new interview with Slash Films, executive producers of the series, Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen, discussed the success of the eight-episode thriller and what’s in store for the future.

Read More: ‘Stranger Things’ Fun Facts: Read Great Trivia About Music, Title Sequence & How Stephen King Shaped Filming

When asked where they see the show going and if they envision another season with the same characters, the answer was “yes!”

“The answer is yes and yes. We definitely are hopeful to go several more seasons,” said Levy. “And the plan is to continue with this set of characters while introducing a few critical key new ones next season. So I’ll just say that a lot »

- Liz Calvario

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17 Key Cinematic Influences On Stranger Things

21 July 2016 11:20 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Credit where credit’s due for Matt and Ross Duffer: together, they’ve created one of the most purely entertaining shows of the year so far, despite having no major credits to their name before now (save for some shorts and a few episodes of Wayward Pines). Now, with Stranger Things, the brothers are set to become Hollywood big shots – already, their supernatural Netflix original is proving a runaway success with both critics and audiences.

It can’t be denied, however, that the brothers had help. It’ll be obvious to anyone who’s been tuned in to pop culture from the past 40 years that Stranger Things is the sum of its influences. This series certainly doesn’t exist in a bubble: rather, it’s a show propped up by ideas from other hit movies and stories drawn from the works of popular filmmakers.

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- Brogan Morris

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Interview: ‘Stranger Things’ Producers on Influences, Marketing, the Possibility of Future Seasons and More

21 July 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

If you binge watched Stranger Things this past weekend, then you spent your time wisely. The series’ creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, transported Netflix’s subscribers back to the 1980s, where kids and government conspiracies run amok. The siblings wrote and directed most of the eight episodes, which, as executive producers Shawn Levy (Real Steel) and Dan Cohen (The Spectacular Now) told us, they approached as an […]

The post Interview: ‘Stranger Things’ Producers on Influences, Marketing, the Possibility of Future Seasons and More appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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'Stranger Things': How Netflix's Retro Hit Resurrects the Eighties

21 July 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It's one thing to set a TV series in the 1980s; it's a whole other thing, however, to make it feel like it was actually shot during the Reagan-and-Rubik's-Cube era. Matt and Ross Duffer's new Netflix series Stranger Things is full of nostalgic nods to the decade and its pop-cultural products, but it's also uncommonly rigorous about getting the details just right — whether it's the many pitch-perfect music cues, the hat-tipping nods and homages to Eighties movies, or simply nailing the cringeworthy fashion statements of the day (those Mom jeans! »

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When You Love a TV Show But Don’t Want a Second Season

20 July 2016 2:22 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Stranger Things and more great series should be one and done.

In the ever-shrinking distinction between movies and television, series like Stranger Things can seem like a very long feature rather than an episodic show. Especially when they’re dumped all at once via Netflix, the individual parts add together to form a whole in our binge-watching minds. I have a favorite episode of Stranger Things — part three, “Holly, Jolly” — but it’s mostly just that because its climax was the point where I decided I had to keep going nonstop with my investment in the series. I recognize that it’s basically just the ending of the first act of a 400-minute movie, the point in the narrative where we’re meant to be fully drawn in.

If the eight-episode first season of Stranger Things is a singular work, like a feature film, then a second season would be like a movie sequel. And »

- Christopher Campbell

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‘Stranger Things’ Fun Facts: Read Great Trivia About Music, Title Sequence & How Stephen King Shaped Filming

19 July 2016 1:41 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Netflix’s new sci-fi horror series “Stranger Things” premiered last Friday to positive critical reception, with many critics noting the series’ debts to the work of Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, and Stephen King. There are many who have already binged the whole series already and there are plenty who still haven’t started, but Netflix has provided some great trivia about the series that will be fun for new or experience viewers.

Read More: Meet ‘Stranger Things’ Breakout Millie Bobby Brown, aka Lucky Number Eleven

For those who are intrigued by the series’ synth score, the composers of the soundtrack are Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon, two members of an Austin synth band called Survive. They have written over 13 hours of music for “Stranger Things.” Meanwhile, the title sequence was inspired by the work of Richard Greenberg, who designed a number of classic 80s title sequences, such as “Alien,” “Altered States, »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘Stranger Things’ Fun Facts: Read Great Trivia About Music, Title Sequence & How Stephen King Shaped Filming

19 July 2016 1:41 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Netflix’s new sci-fi horror series “Stranger Things” premiered last Friday to positive critical reception, with many critics noting the series’ debts to the work of Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, and Stephen King. There are many who have already binged the whole series already and there are plenty who still haven’t started, but Netflix has provided some great trivia about the series that will be fun for new or experience viewers.

Read More: Meet ‘Stranger Things’ Breakout Millie Bobby Brown, aka Lucky Number Eleven

For those who are intrigued by the series’ synth score, the composers of the soundtrack are Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon, two members of an Austin synth band called Survive. They have written over 13 hours of music for “Stranger Things.” Meanwhile, the title sequence was inspired by the work of Richard Greenberg, who designed a number of classic 80s title sequences, such as “Alien,” “Altered States, »

- Vikram Murthi

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How Stranger Things Evoked Familiar Things (E.T.! Goonies! Freddy!) While Delivering Fresh, Fun Thrills

19 July 2016 6:50 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Stranger Things were happening this past weekend for those who sampled and wound up bingeing all eight episodes of Netflix’s new drama series.

(Basic plotline/mild spoilers follow, until I announce otherwise. And I will announce otherwise.)

VideosStranger Things: Watch a Trailer for Winona Ryder Supernatural Drama

Created by brothers Matt and Ross Duffer (who cowrote a few episodes of Wayward Pines) and set in a small Indiana town circa 1983, Stranger Things revolves around the vanishing of a young boy, Will Byers , which comes on the heels of something escaping from a local, “secret” government lab lorded over by Dr. »

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