'Stranger Things 2' Poster and Teaser Give More Creepy, Ominous Looks at the Monster

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 - 11:22AM
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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 - 11:22AM
'Stranger Things 2' Poster and Teaser Give More Creepy, Ominous Looks at the Monster
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The second season of Stranger Things has an official poster and new teaser video, and they're both looking pretty awesome. There's nothing quite like a dark, ominous sky to ramp up the tension. From what we've seen thus far, Stranger Things 2 (as the showrunners like to call the show's second season) is going to be bigger and badder, and, most importantly, far redder, than anything that we've seen before from this series. Here's the teaser:


The moment that stood out most from the Superbowl trailer earlier this year is the image of a dark red sky, containing an enormous, Godzilla (or Cloverfield?) sized monster that towers over the entire city of Hawkins. While at the time it wasn't clear whether this will really happen in the show, or whether it's a fever dream created by the mind of a very sick Will Byers. Now, though, with the image of our pint-sized heroes riding their bikes into the oncoming storm, it seems that this threat is very real. Here's the poster, revealing exactly what the "Welcome to Hawkins" sign was blocking in the teaser:

 


It might seem strange to announce the year the season is set (1984) at the beginning of a teaser, but it's meant to be more than just a reminder that the show is an Eighties throwback. The Duffer Brothers have spoken publicly several times about how they've chosen to use the popular culture of 1984 to reflect the darker tones of the show. This is the year of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. It's the year of Gremlins and Nightmare on Elm Street. Movies in this year were exceptionally disturbing (while often bizarrely marketed towards kids), and Stranger Things' new red sky reflects this tonal shift.

That said, this is also the year of Ghostbusters, one of the least scary ghost movies of all time. We know that the boys have seen it, as they're dressed in costume for Halloween. Don't expect the show to be bereft of heartwarming moments and little jokes, as there's a good chance there'll be plenty of levity between moments of terrifying horror.

Thus far, Stranger Things 2 looks set to build on everything that the first season did well, while enjoying the benefits of an expanded budget to help create a monster series that'll rival anything you'd see on the big screen.

It's a long wait until Halloween.
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