Last night I watched Stranger Things on Netflix.
And when I say last night, I actually mean this morning.
Early this morning.
Because I was too scared to leave my chair, take the dogs outside, and go to bed.
I finally felt safe enough to turn out all the lights after the 6th episode (3:30 am), but I watched the last two episodes in bed. There was no way I was going to fall asleep until I felt safe that the monster wasn’t going to grab me (5:30 am).
It was the best scare I have had since the 1980’s.
The Goonies + Firestarter + It = Stranger Things
Stranger Things is set in the 1980’s. It is about a group of misfit boys that spend their days being picked on at school and their nights playing Dungeons and Dragons. On the way home one night, one of the boys encounters a mysterious creature and disappears.
While searching for their missing buddy, they become friends with a strange girl that may be part of a scientific experiment and government conspiracy.
I would describe Stranger Things as 10% The Goonies, 10% Firestarter, and 80% It, with a little bit of Stand By Me thrown in for good measure.
So it is pretty much like Steven Spielberg, and Stephen King gave birth to a big, beautiful, evil baby.
Stranger Things is the scare I have been waiting for since finishing Stephen King’s It back in 1986.
That’s right. It took 30 years to find a good scare that rivaled Pennywise the clown.
Winona Forever and a More Mature Set of Goonies Kids
Casting Winona Ryder as the missing boy’s mother was pure genius. Her soulful eyes and slightly whiney voice from the 1980’s have evolved into the mature performance of a mother driven just to the edge of insanity. I can’t lie. I loved her Meryl-Streep-in-Silkwood hairstyle.
At first, I wasn’t drawn to the young performers as I was to the ones in ET or The Goonies. But Stranger Things allowed the characters to develop and show a depth that was missing in those lighthearted films. By the end of the movie, I loved all of them. Even the James-Spaderish minor character Steve ends up surprising everyone
I especially liked Dustin, one of the missing boy’s friends, played by Gaten Matarazzo in only his second role. He was a mature Chunk from The Goonies, who brings timely humor and a dose of reality to every situation.
Millie Bobby Brown is a standout in her role as the strange girl with mysterious powers. She barely speaks during the show, so she must depend on her facial expressions to convey her many emotions.
Stranger Things on Netflix. Watch it Now!
All eight episodes of Stranger Things are availabe to watch now on Netflix.
So watch them. NOW.
Or maybe wait until the kids aren’t around because it is scary (but in a good way).