Watch the First Eight Minutes of Netflix's Spielbergian Mystery "Stranger Things"

Thursday, 14 July 2016 - 3:15PM
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Stranger Things
Thursday, 14 July 2016 - 3:15PM
Watch the First Eight Minutes of Netflix's Spielbergian Mystery "Stranger Things"
The Spielbergian conspiracy thriller series Stranger Things is coming out on Netflix tomorrow, but if you can't wait until then, the first eight minutes of the pilot are available to watch online right now: 


The first eight minutes are extremely promising and tension-filled, and are clearly an homage to all the great 80's sci-fi blockbusters. The first few minutes hits all of the Spielberg notes, including the introduction of a group of moppets, spooky shots of their bike lights on an abandoned road, and even a spinning bike wheel. By the end, Will Byers has seemingly vanished into thin air, which drives the action of the rest of the series.

The reviews of Stranger Things have been extremely positive, with most critics agreeing that the show captures the look and feel of classic 80's movies like E.T., Close Encounters, etc without being too derivative. However, it also has a scarier, harder edge than most Spielbergian works, so it's probably better described as a cross between Steven Spielberg and Stephen King.

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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 a coming of age story for three boys that draws this quaint community into a world where mysteries lurk beneath the surface.
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All eight episodes of Stranger Things start streaming on Netflix
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