Well, now we know who Netflix is pushing for in this year’s Emmys. The streaming service released two new Stranger Things featurettes on YouTube for its biggest genre hit, spotlighting the acting talents of two young cast members: Millie Bobby Brown and Noah Schnapp.
Season 2 really was a showcase for these two talented kids, and Netflix seemingly wants to get them some awards attention. And while these featurettes are a clear piece of campaigning, it is pretty cool to see how Brown invented Eleven’s iconic gestures, or how Schnapp pulled off that harrowing possession scene.
You probably already knew this, but the Stranger Things kids are making some serious bank. And now they’re about to cash-in on the Netflix hit and get some more of that fat cash. Ahead of the third season, Netflix has signed new, lucrative deals with the Stranger Things cast.
It’ll be a while before we see Stranger Things season 3. But for now, we have a definitive answer on how many episodes the new season will have. This might be good news or bad news, depending on your opinion. If you thought the episode count on Stranger Things 2 was too long, you’re in luck! If you wanted more, well, we have some bad news for you below.
Ready for more Stranger Things news? Of course you are. As the hype sort-of begins to wind-down regarding Stranger Things 2, the second season of the hit Netflix show, series creators the Duffer Brothers revealed a surprising tidbit about season 1. Specifically, the brothers Duffer confirmed that a major character was supposed to be killed off at the end of season 1, but logic prevailed. Sort-of spoilers await you below regarding a Stranger Things character death.
Stranger Things 2 is now streaming on Netflix, in all its nostalgic glory. By now it’s safe to say most people have caught up with the new season of the hit show, which means it’s a perfect time to stock-up on a whole new slew of information gleaned from recent interviews and more! These are Stranger Things bits!
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In this edition, Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown delivers a rap recap of the Netflix show’s first season. Plus, a video essay runs through a history of the Japanese horror genre, and Kristen Bell performs a mash-up of Frozen and Metallica with DFoo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl.
You already know that Millie Bobby Brown is outstanding as Eleven on Stranger Things. But did you know that she’s also a pretty damn good rapper? Brown took the time to record a quick rap recap of the first season of Stranger Things on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and she definitely has a penchant for hip-hop.
On the nerdier cinephile side of things, One Hundred Years of Cinema has created a new video essay taking a close look at the Japanese horror genre. They begin with the origins of Japanese terror from the likes of Kaidan and Kabuki in the Edo period and move on through the golden age of more recent hits that have been remade into American horror movies, such as Ringu and Dark Water. If you don’t know much about Japanese horror, this is a great history lesson.
Finally, as part of Jimmy Kimmel Live‘s Halloween fun, guest host Dave Grohl teamed up with guest Kristen Bell to do a rockin’ rendition of “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” from the Frozen soundtrack. The tune takes a turn later when it becomes “Enter Snowman,” a riff on Metallica’s famous song “Enter Sandman.” And yes, that’s Dave Grohl with the beard and glasses, dressed up like a retired David Letterman for Halloween. I love that guy.
Right from the opening of Stranger Things season 2, the hit Netflix series expands in scope. Once you reach the the Duffer Brothers-directed season finale, though, it’s clear they still kept the already beloved characters front and center. Matt and Ross know audiences are streaming and bingeing for Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Sherriff Hopper (David Harbour), and friends, not what lurks in the Upside Down.
If demodogs, telekinesis, and all the mystery were removed from Stranger Things, the Duffer brothers’ show would still have plenty going for it. “The rule of law for season two was characters first, characters last, characters all the way,” producer and director Shawn Levy recently told us, while speaking with him and his 21 Laps Entertainment producing partner, Dan Cohen. We spoke with the duo a few days before season 2 came to Netflix, so we had a non-spoiler talk about the making of the second season, the production schedule, how the series made Levy fall back in love with directing, and how the show stands apart from its influences.
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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.
How does Eleven return? Why does she have a perm? And why did she look so angry in the latest trailer for Stranger Things season 2? These are all questions that will likely be answered when Netflix’s ’80s-inspired hit returns in late October (I’m mostly curious about the perm), but you find out the answer to the first question in this new clip, which was released at the U.K.’s MCM Comic-Con.
Stranger Things is back with a new season just in time for Halloween. The wildly successful Netflix series returns for its second season of nostalgia-tinged horror and adventure. Now a final trailer has arrived to give us one final look before the season debuts. Watch the Stranger Things season 2 final trailer below.