Corporate-driven, IP-themed holidays are a new invention of our Industrial Complex. A corporation picks a day whose numbers are meaningful to their popular property and unofficially names that day in their honor, then releases the biggest announcements regarding said property on that day. For example, Star Wars Day is May 4 because it sounds like “May Force” or “May the force be with you.” Disney usually debuts big trailers for upcoming shows and movies in the SW universe on that day. You see how it works. It’s an attempt to spin the wheels of social media and get the masses to do your promotion work for you.
“All Fun and Games” stands as a horror thriller set in Salem, Oregon, a locale steeped in haunted infamy due to its historical association with the witch trials. The film features Natalia Dyer, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, and Asa Butterfield in its cast. For fervent admirers of “Stranger Things” saddened by the series’ upcoming conclusion, solace can be found in witnessing the continuation of Natalia Dyer’s career. She takes on the role of the lead actress in this chilling cinematic endeavor.
The latest edition of Variety features a cover interview with Noah Schnapp, best known for playing Will Byers on Stranger Things but also, apparently, the founder of a snack company that makes hazelnut spread (who knew). That’s one of the things the interview reveals, but it also drops a nugget of info for Season 5: its plot will heavily involve Will.
We wondered what, exactly, Netflix was going to show for Stranger Things-related content during their press event. The show has not filmed a single frame of Season 5 yet. Shooting wasn’t scheduled to begin until this month, and then the writer’s strike kicked the can down the road for an indefinite period of time. There are scripts, but that would be spoiling things too early. So what’s left?
You’ll never guess what popular TV series just announced an indefinite delay to the production of its next season. Or maybe you will. You probably knew before you clicked here.
If there’s one sentence I never expected to type in my lifetime, “official crossover between Ninja Turtles and Stranger Things” is certainly it. Up to this point any comic offshoot of the popular TV series (the latter one) has been strictly canon, often to the detriment of the comics themselves. They often explore nooks and crannies of the existing seasons that aren’t as interesting as the main events and feature barely any of the familiar cast. Was there ever a demand for a miniseries set entirely in Russia that explains how a Demogorgon got there? No, there was not. Give us Eleven, you cowards.
We’ve got one more season of Stranger Things to go, and then that’s it for the residents of Hawkins, right? The only thing we’ve heard about potential spinoffs is that they’d have nothing to do with the original show at all. The show has such a great cast of characters, it seems a waste not to do anything else with them. But there IS hope! Eleven and her friends WILL live to see another day — just in a more illustrated form.
We’ve known for some time that Netflix wants to make a stage play out of Stranger Things, but we figured it would be some kind of musical adaption of the story in the show. That is, after all, what is traditionally done, and Disney has done it repeatedly with its IP. Instead, we’re getting thrown a bit of a curve: Stranger Things: The First Shadow (announced today) is set in 1959, no songs, with teenage versions of the adult characters seen in the 80s-set series. Yes, it’s the P-word again.
We warned you Netflix’s Stranger Things Day event wouldn’t produce any significant announcements this year, and we were right. The biggest revelation that came out of it was the reveal of the title for Season 5, Episode 1: “The Crawl.” The Duffers reveal these titles early because they know it doesn’t help you much. When the title for Season 4, Episode 1 (“The Hellfire Club”) was revealed, everybody thought “hey, that’s the name of a league of villains in X-Men! It must be related to that!” It was definitely not. Your theories this time will also be wrong.
I wondered if taking three years to produce a season of TV would temper audience enthusiasm for the world of Stranger Things. It didn’t happen — the reverse did. The show’s presence in pop culture has only gotten stronger after Season 4, with an old Kate Bush album hitting #1 on the pop charts and Eddie’s “Hellfire Club” T-shirt selling out by the millions. This is really something, folks.
One of the more brilliant pre-release strategies Netflix had for Stranger Things 4 was to release a screenshot of what appeared to be the backside of the character Max, suspended in midair, arms stiffly outstretched, in the middle of a graveyard. At the time, no one knew what this meant. It was the most perplexing thing the show had revealed about the upcoming season. The shot was repeated in a brief clip during the trailers, again with no explanation. “Can she fly now?” asked one Popgeeks commenter.