The spooky, sci-fi-shaded Stranger Things is the latest Netflix series to slowly overtake the Internet after an inconspicuous debut, and deservedly so. Set in 1983, it scratches all the right nostalgia itches (Stephen King, Steven Spielberg, E.T., The Goonies, John Carpenter, synths on synths) while being professionally modern in its execution and production values. The performances are on fire throughout, but the ones we'll be remembering a decade from now are the middle school-aged kids played by Finn Wolfhard (what a name!), Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and Millie Bobby Brown.
The latter plays a supernaturally gifted/enhanced government testing facility escapee simply called Eleven. She rarely speaks—almost entirely silent at the outset—so hearing the actress riffing with the press is just delightful. At a Television Critics Association panel yesterday in California, Brown dropped a fun bombshell: She was unfamiliar with the world of vinyl until she started filming.
"I had no idea what a record player was," she told the attendees. "And now I got one for Christmas. I now know what that is, so that’s great.” She previously told Vulture about getting her own turntable, saying she has "not stopped using it," and adding, "I was absolutely ecstatic. It was better than any makeup or anything. It was great." She uses it to spin Adele, Amy Winehouse and Ed Sheeran.
Is Stranger Things Season 2 happening, btw? No confirmation from Netflix yet, but the Duffer Brothers, who created the series, have designs for a sequel-ish second arc, saying at TCA:
“We wanted [Season 1] to feel like a movie and we wanted to solve that so it feels very much complete in that sense. But there’s a bigger mythology at play so it’s open-ended in a way that if people wanted it and if Netflix wanted it we could explore it in a second season.”
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos won't commit yet, saying, “We always want to take some time to be thoughtful about the [renewal] process,” he said. There'll obviously be more Stranger Things, though. C'mon.
Next, watch actor/filmmaker Rider Strong (Cabin Fever, Boy Meets World) break down his five favorite horror movies for Fuse: