Creepy 'Stranger Things' Teaser Hides Its Clues Inside '80s Commercials

Saturday, 21 October 2017 - 12:04PM
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Saturday, 21 October 2017 - 12:04PM
Creepy 'Stranger Things' Teaser Hides Its Clues Inside '80s Commercials
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In the year and a half since Stranger Things first debuted on Netflix, we've all had ample opportunity to consider the various elements of the show that makes it so engaging. If there are two factors that really see the show through, they're creepy horror and eighties nostalgia - two themes which are both definitely on display in the new trailer.

The new footage consists of some unseen viewer rapidly channel-flipping on the television, catching snippets of various shows and commercials as they reveal tiny snippets of the upcoming season's plot. Perhaps it's the nostalgia talking, but any trailer that name-drops Dig Dug not once, but twice, is deserving of attention. Check it out below:


(Note: This clip was originally released on the Stranger Things Twitter account the day before, but was pulled down for some strange reason. Their re-uploaded version now has subtitles on it, but no other changes seem to have been made. Ah well, it's back now.)

While the number of different TV channels on display in this trailer feels a little anachronistic, there are a few genuine commercials mixed in to add flavor, and it's an intriguing if somewhat creepy way to learn new information about the upcoming series. So what do we learn?

First off, local television is a big deal in Hawkins, with impressive investigative reporting that presumably involves following Chief Hopper around to see what trouble he's getting into next, and even a (somewhat disturbing) science minute in which local middle school teacher Mr. Clarke gives us a breakdown of what fear looks like. Sure, Will Byers is no doubt a local celebrity by this point (more so than Barb anyway), but showing him topless while he's suffering from some kind of traumatic experience? That's a bit weird, even for local television.

Okay, so maybe this clip isn't entirely meant to be in-universe canon, but that doesn't make it any less spooky and weird.

We also learn about how much people in Hawkins care about their home-grown pumpkins - presumably, this is a big part of the town's trade, to the point that a blight is considered sabotage for some reason. In a previous trailer, Will claimed that the big, scary monster that's about to come through from the Upside Down doesn't want him, but instead wants everyone else.

As such, these rotting pumpkins may be the result of the Upside Down bleeding into the real world as this monster prepares to devour the entire town.

There's also some kind of spooky, bipedal monster that's chasing Will and the boys - it's hard to ignore the fact that it does look suspiciously tall and slim, suggesting that this new season may draw some inspiration from more modern horror design tropes like the creepy internet meme Slenderman. There's a lot going on here, and there's every chance that a lot of it won't make sense until viewed in retrospect after we've got the chance to see the show.

In the meantime, though, these kinds of clips are fun - they help to fuel the mystery of the second season of Stranger Things, as before long we'll all be involved with Chief Hopper, Nancy, Joyce, Eleven, and the rest of the characters in trying to unravel the spooky secrets behind Will's terrifying visions.

Stranger Things season 2 comes out October 27, 2017 on Netflix, just in time for Halloween.

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