'Stranger Things' trailer a real 'Thriller'

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Nos­tal­gic hor­ror sen­sa­tion "Stranger Things" un­veiled a new trailer set to Michael Jack­son's "Thriller" on Satur­day as it built buzz for sea­son two at the San Diego Comic-Con fan con­ven­tion. The Net­flix series-about a gang of 1980s chil­dren look­ing for their miss­ing friend be­came a break-out hit last year, win­ning crit­i­cal ac­claim and fame for its cast of young stars, led by Mil­lie Bobby Brown. The trailer starts with the boys-played Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaugh­lin and Noah Sch­napp-crowded around 1980s video game "Dragon's Lair."

Sud­denly Will ex­pe­ri­ences a vi­sion of the ar­cade they are in as part of the show's dark al­ter­na­tive world, the "Up­side Down." "I saw some­thing... I felt it ev­ery­where," a cry­ing Will later re­veals to his wor­ried mother Joyce, played by Wi­nona Ry­der. Next the four friends are seen creep­ing about in "Ghost­busters" cos­tumes, ap­par­ently look­ing for evil spir­its, as Vin­cent Price's ghoul­ish voiceover for "Thriller" plays in the back­ground. The three-minute trailer ends with Brown's char­ac­ter, the tele­ki­netic Eleven, try­ing to find her way out of the Up­side Down.

The footage was shown as part of a Q&A mod­er­ated by Pat­ton Oswald with ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers Shawn Levy, and Matt and Ross Duf­fer, as well as much of the cast. The Duf­fers said they had al­ways in­tended the show to be sim­i­lar to "Spiel­berg di­rect­ing a big, fat Stephen King book."

Brown told the 6,000 fans fill­ing San Diego Con­ven­tion Cen­ter's Hall H that play­ing the enig­matic Eleven was tough be­cause she had so few lines to work with. "I had to ex­press ev­ery­thing with my face which is very hard. But it gets eas­ier when you feel more com­fort­able with your char­ac­ter," the Emmy nom­i­nee said. "The first two episodes-I im­me­di­ately fell in love with Eleven and Eleven was me. The only thing that was hard was cry­ing. I feel like I'm a happy per­son in real life so that when I'm cry­ing I would need five min­utes to get in the zone." "Stranger Things," which pre­miered in July last year has picked up 18 nom­i­na­tions ahead of Septem­ber's cer­e­mony in recog­ni­tion of its eight-episode first sea­son. Sea­son two, com­prised of nine episodes, drops on Oc­to­ber 27. — AFP

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