Stranger Things 3 Trailer Goes Full '80s With an 'E.T.' Meets Fast Times at Lovecraft High Vibe

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 - 8:45AM
Stranger Things
Wednesday, 20 March 2019 - 8:45AM
Stranger Things 3 Trailer Goes Full '80s With an 'E.T.' Meets Fast Times at Lovecraft High Vibe
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Screenshot: Netflix/YouTube
First things first: if you're gonna make a trailer for a series set in 1985, you could do worse than opening it with Mötley Crüe's "Home Sweet Home" from their '85 album Theater of Pain and having it segue into what amounts to a montage of everything great about the '80s set to The Who's "Teenage Wasteland." As you might have guessed, that's exactly what Netflix has done with their new trailer for the upcoming third season of Stranger Things


There's a lot to unpack in the trailer – you'll have to watch it a few times to truly appreciate all of the 80's easter eggs – but here's a quick round-up. Steve's got a food court job at the new Starcourt Mall. Billy is looking like a landlocked Jeff Spicoli as a pool lifeguard. Hopper has grown an exceptionally creepy mustache and a disturbing predilection for Hawaiian shirts.. Then, of course, there's Will and company, all of whom have embraced the paint splatter, bold stripes, and neon aesthetic of the last great decade...except Dustin who is still looks like he wandered in off the set of The Bad News Bears or something. Fans of the series will note that the primary group of friends – Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Will (Noah Schnapp) Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), and second-season introduction Max (Sadie Sink) – have entered the awkward phase of adolescence. It may come as something of a shock to you to know that these actors are all between 16 and 17 years old now, with the exception of Brown, who is 15. There seem to be some "Stand By Me"-esque moments written into the script addressing teenage angst, but we're hoping that schlock takes a backseat to the fact that Will Byers is still walking around as some kind of host to an interdimensional creature, which we're reminded of in a creepy shower scene. 


Oh, and speaking of creatures, apparently there's at least one new one, revealed in all of its Lovecraftian chaotic glory towards the end of the trailer. We have no idea what it is, but it looks far, far, far worse than the demogorgon from Season One.


Take a look. Stranger Things 3 starts July 4, 2019.

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