New Stranger Things clip

In this edition of Stranger Things Bits:

  • How many people watched Stranger Things 2 during its first weekend?
  • The fate of one of the show’s most minor characters is revealed
  • How the original pitch for the show might contain elements from upcoming seasons
  • A fan theory about the Mind Flayer’s origins
  • The cast reacts to their audition tapes for season 1
  • And more!

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Stranger Things 2 easter eggs

It’s been a week since the release of Stranger Things 2, and there’s a good chance many of you have already finished the new season. So you’re all caught up on the adventures of Eleven, Hopper, and the rest of the gang…but how closely were you watching? Did you notice any easter eggs during your first viewing of the new episodes? Check out this video that collects some of the most overt Stranger Things 2 easter eggs and see how many you spotted.
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Stranger Things theories

So you’ve already torn through Stranger Things 2, and you’ve listened to our in-depth breakdown on /Film Daily. What now? Time to theorize about the future of the show, of course, and to examine a possible connection to a smash hit movie that came out earlier this summer. Take a look at the latest Stranger Things theories below. (Spoilers ahead, obviously.)
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Netflix trailers

Netflix doesn’t care if you’ve been struggling to find time to binge watch Stranger Things 2: they just laugh and continue to unleash more and more content, confident you’ll spend the rest of your days trying to catch up with the never-ending stream of movies and shows rolling down from their palatial estate on the peak of Streaming Mountain. In fact, they’ve released four new trailers for upcoming projects just today, including a creepy-looking documentary, a doc examining America’s financial disparity, a concert film starring a musical legend, and a promo for a new stand-up special. Watch all of the newest Netflix trailers below.
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New Blu-ray releases

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to what’s new on Blu-ray and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

Happy Halloween! Open your goodie bags and/or plastic pumpkin buckets and I’ll drop some fine physical media in there. In this latest Blu-ray round-up, I’ve got a group of films that are actually perfect for Halloween. They’re also perfect for any day besides Halloween, too. You don’t need Halloween as an excuse to watch creepy movies, folks. They’re good all year round.

Below you’ll find a George Romero later-day zombie film, a remake of a Romero classic, a spooky post-modern ghost story starring Kristen Stewart, and a polarizing trip to Twin Peaks. Here are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Stranger Things Bits

Stranger Things 2 premiered last week, and hardcore fans have already binged through the new season. So for those of you who are all caught up, we’ve waded through waves of internet content to bring you a ton of information, easter eggs, fan theories, art prints, cast interviews, and more. For the rest of you, be warned: spoilers lie in wait below. Read More »

Worst Episode of Stranger Things 2

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Stranger Things 2. Proceed with caution if you haven’t finished watching the new season yet.

The seventh episode of Stranger Things 2, entitled “The Lost Sister,” is the show’s largest divergence thus far. In it, Eleven (Millie Bobbie Brown) travels to Chicago to seek out her “sister,” a young woman named Kali (Linnea Berthelsen) who has “008” tattooed on her arm in the same place Eleven has her “011” and was also experimented on at the Hawkins Lab. The episode focuses on their relationship and doesn’t cut back to Hawkins or the other characters at all, and taking a quick glance at social media, it’s clear that the attempt to widen the show’s mythology did not succeed the way the Duffer Brothers hoped it would.

The showrunners have released a new statement defending the episode, and you can read their comments below. But watching that episode, I felt a twinge of worry about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. That may seem a bit nutty, but I’ll explain why.
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Stranger Things 2 spoiler review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: the second season Netflix’s highly anticipated Stranger Things.)

What was it that made Stranger Things season 1 such a hit? Was it the nostalgia factor, with the abundance of 1980s charm drawing viewers in? Was it the rather ingenious combination of Stephen King and Steven Spielberg-like material that tapped into an overall vibe that audiences were inherently familiar with? Both of those things likely played a part, but what truly worked best about the first season of Stranger Things was how it handled its characters. Specifically, how it created a cast of highly likable, relatable characters, cast them perfectly, and then had them work together. The chemistry was unbeatable.

Which is why Stranger Things season 2, or Stranger Things 2, as it’s officially called, seems like just an anomaly. When it came time to plan the second season for their wildly popular show, the Duffer Brothers seemingly decided to take everything that made the first season so memorable and do the complete opposite. There’s a certain amount of appreciation here: it’s gutsy to go so against the grain; to reject fan service in lieu of something different. It would’ve been very easy for Stranger Things 2 to simply remake the first season, and the fact that the Duffers avoided that is commendable. But there’s a difference between trying something different and completely jettisoning things that were working so well. You don’t throw the Demogorgon out with the bathwater.

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American Vandal season 2

Who did the dicks? It’s a question that’s been burning its way across the internet ever since last month’s release of the first season of American Vandal, Netflix’s satirical mockumentary series that pokes fun at true crime properties like Serial, Making a Murderer, The Keepers, and The Jinx. And now there’s good news for those who are looking for another deep dive into the mysterious underbelly of Hanover High School’s students: American Vandal season 2 has just been officially announced, and it’s coming to Netflix next year. Check out a quick announcement video below.
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Mindhunter Ed Kemper

Mindhunter, the new Netflix show from producer David Fincher, continues to have life long after its premiere date. While most Netflix shows have a tendency to fade from the zeitgeist after their initial binge-filled weekend, Mindhunter lingers, with more and more people discovering the serial killer drama every day. With these discovers often comes a question: just how accurate is this show? A new video shows that the answer is “very accurate.”

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