Netflix Gets Retro with ‘Stranger Things’ Trailer

By June 9, 2016

It seems like we can’t go more than a few days without hearing about another Netflix Original Series headed our way. The streaming giant already has a host of critically acclaimed programming up its sleeve, including House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and Daredevil, but their newest experiment feels less like a gripping modern drama and more like a throwback to 80s sci-fi classics.

There’s definitely an Amblin Entertainment vibe in this first trailer for Stranger Things, which follows a mother (Winona Ryder) in a small Indiana town who mounts an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of her son. Along the way, she’ll stumble across top-secret government projects, powerful supernatural forces and a very strange little girl who might hold the key to unlocking the mystery. Check out the first trailer below.

The tone of this footage feels somewhere between Stephen King and Stephen Spielberg, and I’m fairly certain the title font is directly lifted from King’s Needful Things miniseries. Netflix is marketing Stranger Things as a coming-of-age tale – albeit probably a much darker one than we’re used to seeing – and it might be able to capture the same feeling that J.J. Abrams was searching for with Super 8.

This show wasn’t originally on my radar, but after checking out this clip I’m definitely intrigued by what I’ve seen so far. And it’s nice to see Winona Ryder doing something substantial again. I’m just hoping this doesn’t turn into another Hemlock Grove situation, where the premise is much more appealing than the finished product.

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Also starring Matthew Modine, David Harbour, Charlie Heaton, Natalia Dyer, Millie Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo and Cara Buono, Stranger Things hits Netflix on July 15.

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Brent Hankins

Brent Hankins

Contributing Writer at GeekNation
Brent Hankins is a member of the Phoenix Critics Circle and co-host of the Drinks and Discourse podcast. He's also the proud owner of an Italian Greyhound named Sullivan. He's adorable (the dog, not the author).