Go into the app store today and you might be in for a spooky but not unpleasant surprise – there’s an official Stranger Things game lurking there. Given that the second series of the TV show is coming to Netflix on October 27, the timing is apt and considering it’s free and there are no in-app purchases to contend with the game is obviously promotional in intention. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though. Effort has clearly gone into Stranger Things: The Game and the 80s influence that permeates the TV show is absolutely present in the game, with 16 bit visuals that are definitely inspired by the RPG adventure titles of the period. It's almost like Netflix knows tugging at our nostalgia is an effective tactic.Retro revivalAs far as gameplay is concerned, you’ll find yourself solving puzzles using abilities unique to all of the show’s collectible characters. Nancy can, for example, swing a bag of bats around while Hopper is great … [Read more...] about A Stranger Things video game has crept onto mobile from the Upside Down
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When Stranger Things debuted in 2016, it became an unexpected, massive hit that captivated legions of fans around the world. Now, with season 2 set to begin streaming on October 26th, it will be the end of a year of waiting to see what happens next. Netflix will make all nine season 2 episodes available at once, which means ambitious or addicted subscribers can take a day off work and get caught up with the entire story in a single day. But should they? Andrew: When Stranger Things first hit, it seemed like it percolated for a couple of weeks before it really exploded in popularity. I picked up the show as this was happening, but ended up taking my time watching it. I purposefully only watched one episode a night, and by the end of the season, I feel like I got more out of it that way, rather than watching the entire thing in a sitting. The first season only has eight episodes, so this wasn’t a long thing, but spacing out my viewing definitely let me process what was happening a … [Read more...] about Stranger Things season 2: to binge or not to binge?
If we can trust Hollywood, there was something magical about small towns in the '80s. Movies like "E.T.," "The Goonies," and "Carrie" all found small suburban settings to be the perfect backdrop to -- that's right -- stranger things. And yet few stories since have nailed that narrative in which American banality gets crashed by something so supernatural, it takes the innocence and imagination of children to understand it and fight it off.The new Netflix original, "Stranger Things," is a story in the same vein as these '80s staples. But what starts off feeling like an homage to movies of yesteryear ends up establishing itself as a modern cult-classic. Here are seven aspects that made us love "Stranger Things."1. The credits alone are awesome.The opening credits for most TV shows are occasionally well-done, rarely memorable, and almost always perfunctory. They're just there because they have to be. But "Stranger Things" starts off every episode with a minimalistic sequence that's as … [Read more...] about Cancel your weekend plans and go watch ‘Stranger Things’
Tomorrow is Friday the 13th, a day reputed to bring bad luck down upon all who experience it. It's also the title of a classic 1980 horror film about a murderous stalker haunting teenagers at a lake campground. In a continuing effort to pay tribute to all of its '80s influences, "Stranger Things" dropped a trailer Thursday modeled after the vintage one for "Friday the 13th."The original trailer features a clever conceit of counting up from 1 through 13 and showing snippets of the horror that awaits viewers. The "Stranger Things" version follows the same formula, giving startling glimpses of people in creepy Halloween masks, scared scientists huddling together, a flashlight shining into a tunnel and other quick tidbits from the Netflix show. More 'Stranger Things' Free 'Stranger Things' mobile game revels in the arcade '80s New 'Stranger Things' poster channels 'Jaws' terror While the video is a clever spoof, it's primarily aimed at hyping up the final trailer for "Stranger Things," … [Read more...] about ‘Stranger Things’ spoofs ‘Friday the 13th’ in creepy trailer
At home in Perth, Australia, Dacre Montgomery put on a G-string and filmed himself dancing to "Hungry Like the Wolf" by Duran Duran.He was shooting an audition tape for the makers of hit Netflix show "Stranger Things," which was looking to cast a new second season regular, Billy. Any Halloween goers dressing as the new character will need to sport a blond mullet and denim jacket with popped collar. Billy is step-brother to tomboy Max (played by Sadie Sink), another new character in season 2, which started streaming Friday. A huge fan of the show (he binge-watched the entire first season in one night), Montgomery needed to "blow it out of the park" to make the role his, he says. "I was lucky," he tells me in a hotel foyer in Sydney. He's wearing Adidas shoes and a silky green Cos shirt and buzzes with an energy that keeps him shifting on the sofa as we speak. "They saw something."Evidently, something more than the G-string. For a sign of what to expect of Montgomery in the new … [Read more...] about Meet the new ‘Stranger Things’ bully, mullet-haired Billy