Stranger Things was perhaps the one true pop cultural phenomena of 2016. The Netflix drama/horror/sci-fi series, created by brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, played elaborate homage to the cinema of the 1980s, especially the works of Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, and various cinematic adaptations of the work of Stephen King.
Following its Netflix release back in July, the series gained huge popularity and later awards, winning the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series award from the Screen Actors Guild Awards, occasioning a memorable acceptance speech from actor David Harbour. Throughout, one of the biggest aspects of the show’s popularity has been the kids it cast in the main roles.
With the debut of the first teaser trailer for Stranger Things season 2 airing as a commercial during the Super Bowl, that ensemble of actors is once again in the spotlight. And a video has been released of the kids enthusiastically watching the new trailer together on Sunday night:
The video, which was posted to the Instagram account of cast member Noah Schapp (Will), shows the kids screaming and jumping for joy upon seeing the first footage of season 2 that’s been presented to the public. The video appears to have been shot at the house of one of the actors, probably during a Super Bowl party.
The palpable joy and exuberance shown in the video just shows once again that for all of its fealty to ‘80s movie canon and general skill with storytelling and suspense, what really made Stranger Things work was the casting of those kids. You may not have ever heard of Schnapp, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Finn Wolfhard, or Charlie Heaton before Stranger Things began, but they bring such a sense of wonder and enthusiasm wherever they go -- whether it’s a talk show, a red carpet, an awards show stage, an Instagram video or the show itself -- it's easy to see why the show is such a success.
It’s not clear whether the release on “Halloween” means exactly October 31 or the general vicinity of that date, but one other thing is clear: Opening up the season to be binge-viewed at nighttime Halloween parties is an absolute masterstroke on Netflix’s part. May your Halloween party be as joyful an occasion as the Stranger Things kids had on Sunday night.
Stranger Things season 2 will debut on Netflix this Halloween. The first season is currently streaming on Netflix.
Source: Noah Schnapp