I just finished binge watching Stranger Things, the Netflix original drama about the supernatural disappearance of a boy in a small town, circa the 1980s. This show alone is worth subscribing to Netflix more. A sort of Stephen King meets The Goonies, this homage to 1980s movies gets it right.
An evil government conspiracy, a small town sheriff, and a cohort of young D&D-playing boys converge in this supernatural mystery. Winona Ryder plays the missing boy’s mother with a Fox Mulder-esque desperation. She knows her son is still out there and the answers are not of this world, and she knows exactly how bonkers she sounds. But she can’t stop herself.
Here’s Netflix’s press release for the series:
Set in Hawkins Indiana in the 1980’s, Stranger Things chronicles the search for a young boy who vanishes into thin air under highly suspicious circumstances. His mother (Winona Ryder) opens an investigation into the boy’s disappearance with local authorities that unravels a series of mysteries involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl. A love letter to the ubiquitous cult classics of the 80’s, Stranger Things is also a coming of age story for the boy’s three closest friends that draws them into a world where mysteries lurk beneath the surface.
Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton, and Matthew Modine.
Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer (Wayward Pines, Hidden) serve as writer, directors and co-showrunners of the series, and are executive producers along with Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen via their 21 Laps entertainment banner (The Spectacular Now, Night At The Museum, Real Steel, Date Night). Shawn Levy also serves as director. Stranger Things is a Netflix production.