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It Only Gets Stranger: Strange Things 2 Character Posters!

Stranger Things 2 – Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) – Photo by Rachel Hsu/Courtesy of Netflix.

It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

Stranger Things 2’s twelve character posters reintroduce us to characters we loved in season one and introduce the new kids in the Upside Down.

Stranger Things 2 premieres on Netflix on Friday, October 27th.

Stranger Things 2 – Steve (Joe Keery) – Photo by Rachel Hsu/Courtesy of Netflix
Stranger Thiongs 2 – Mike – (Finn Wolfhard) – Photo by Rachel Hsu/Courtesy of Netflix,
Stranger Things 2 – Max (Sadie Sink) – Photo by Rachel Hsu/Courtesy of Netflix.
Stranger Things 2 – Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) – Photo by Rachel Hsu/Courtesy of Netflix.
Stranger Things 2 – Joyce (Winona Ryder) – Photo by Rachel Hsu/Courtesy of Netflix.
Stranger Things 2 – Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) – Photo by Rachel Hsu/Courtesy of Netflix.
Stranger Thing 2 – Hopper (David Harbour) – Photo by Rachel Hsu/Courtesy of Netflix.
Stranger Things 2 – Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) – Photo by Rachel Hsu/Courtesy of Netflix.
Stranger Things 2 – Billy (Dacre Montgomery) – Photo by Rachel Hsu/Courtesy of Netflix.
Stranger Things 2 – Will (Noah Schnapp) – Photo by Rachel Hsu/Courtesy of Netflix. 

Spielberg, King and Carpenter Influence Excellent Stranger Things!

stranger-things - the boys

If you love the films of Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter, or the books (and filmic adaptations) of Stephen King, then you might very well love Netflix’s new series, Stranger Things.

This a story of a boy who goes missing after a day of Dungeons & Dragons and the efforts of his best friends and mother to find him. It’s a story that starts out looking like it a might be supernatural thriller then quickly becomes a science fiction adventure. It hangs on a plot that’s reminiscent of E.T. The Extraterrestrial, but references The Thing, Poltergeist and other films in fresh new ways.

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8-Minute Peek: Stranger Things!

stranger-things - the boys

The new Netflix series Stranger Things premieres at midnight tonight. The series is the story a boy who goes missing and how his mother and friends try to find him.

Sounds simple enough, right? But when you know that the series was influenced by Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter and Stephen King, that takes things to a whole new level – especially after you see the first eight minutes of the premiere – which you can do by following the jump. Enjoy!

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Frankenweenie–It’s Alive! It’s Alive!

While the trailers for Frankenweenie have been terrific, and all the press releases for it have noted that it’s a very personal project for Tim Burton, I think it will take seeing this making of featurette to really drive home how important the film is to him. Various cast and crew – including Martin Landau, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Winona Ryder and Burton – talk about the film and its making.

$%#% Me Gently With a Chainsaw! 20 Years Later Heathers is Still So Very!

Heather Dies

It’s been twenty years since Heathers was released by a dying New World to critical acclaim and some box office success. Now, Anchor Bay has released the dark high school comedy as part of its Cult Classic Film Series. The film’s indictment of kids who will do anything to be popular – and become the ultimate jerks once they achieve it – is as grotesquely funny today as it was when it was first released.

Veronika [Wynona Ryder] is one of the Heathers – the most popular girls in school [the other three are all named Heather] – and the least ruthless. About the same time as she reaches her limit with her so-called friends, she meets a charismatic new guy in school, J.D. [Christian Slater] and becomes in embroiled in a series of murders that the two stage as suicides.

First-time director Michael Lehman and first-time writer Daniel Waters produced a terrific film with its own peculiarly daring sense of humor – and its own slang. With its budget constraints, what propels Heathers is the energy of its performances. Ryder and Slater have, frankly, never been better – And Shannen Doherty stands out as the shyest of the Heathers.

Features include: Audio Commentary by Lehman, Waters and Producer Denise DiNovi; Swatch Dogs and Diet-Coke Heads [a 30-minute of reminiscences by the cast, director, writer, producer and editor]; Trialer; Screenply Excerpt; Original Ending, and Talent Bios.

Grade: Heathers – A

Grade: Features – A-

Final Grade: A