Stranger Things…a different kind of post.

I don’t want all my posts to be about gay shit. Being gay is only a small part of who I am and lots of you don’t know me outside the bedroom soo today I’m going to write about something else. I love film and I love TV. I went to film school back in 2000 and I reckon I’ve seen close to a million films. Ok, ok, thats a slight exaggeration but I do like to watch one film a day if I can. I feel at home in the cinema – always have and always will. But mostly it’s at home, in front of my large flat-screen TV.

And it goes a little somethin’ like this…

For those of you who were born in the 80’s like me (1983 to be exact) there’s a new TV series that I think you’ll enjoy. I’ve been waiting for it to come out for quite awhile and yesterday it landed on Netflix and I’m half way through the first season and boy is it good.

It’s called Stranger Things!


It’s an original Netflix series and I must say that no other network, since HBO, has got me hooked with their original programming. It’s hit after hit. They  have some of the best original series around (I believe anyways) such as Bloodline (I love!), Marvel’s Daredevil, House of Cards, Narcos, Orange Is The New Black and Sense8 – I’m yet to watch this but I’ve been told it features some gay sex scenes so it’s on my list! They also have Baz Luhrmann’s new TV show The Get Down premiering next month which also looks good.

Anyways, back to Stranger Things.

Look at that wall-mounted telephone!

Staring the thief herself, Miss Winona Ryder, as Joyce Byers, it’s based around the disappearance of her 12-year-old son, Will, in a mysterious small Indiana town, Hawkins, during 1983. The town holds some dark secrets that involve government experiments and dark supernatural forces which slowly begin to unravel.

If you’re around my age [33] and have the ability to cast your mind back to growing up in the 80’s, you’ll remember being fixated on sci-fi/horror/adventure films from Spielberg, Carpenter and even Stephen King and Stranger Things takes you straight back to that very era – I love it! The only other success story, I feel, that was able to achieve this was JJ Abrams’ Super 8, but that was produced by Spielberg himself so you’d expect nothing less.

As Winona’ character, Joyce, launches her own investigation alongside local authorities the secrets of the town and it’s dark history begin to reveal themselves. But where is Will? Nobody knows. Seemingly lost in another dimension with no idea how to get back.

Will’s good mates – Mike, Dustin & Lucas – also set out on their own investigation. Their BMX’s and their walkie-talkies have the 80’s nostalgia down-pat. They befriend a mysterious young girl, Eleven – who’s sudden arrival into Hawkins is a mystery within itself – who holds supernatural powers and has a strange connection to Will that no-one yet understands.

(L-R) Lucas, Mike, the mysterious Eleven, & Dustin

And what is with that strange monster that seems to be able to instantly vanish and creep through walls? It seems to be devouring victims but we have no idea how. They simply vanish. Plus what’s the coverup the government is desperately trying to hide? Or do all the answers lie within the walls of the ‘Hawkins Power & Light Company’? Only time will tell..

I don’t want to give too much away, plus I’m only four-episodes in, but this series already has me hooked. It’s a retro fest. It’s not to be missed. It will remind you of what the 80’s was about – how much easier things were when we were kids but how hard they seemed at the time. Getting on our BMX’s and riding into those ‘life or death’ adventures that we had dreamt up with our mates. And the only limitations we had was being home before dark – if our life or death situation allowed us. There were no gadgets. No computers. And no mobile phones. We simply had our minds and our imaginations to entertain us.

Fuck I miss the 80’s (& the 90’s which I remember mostly).

Do yourself a favour peoples – watch Stranger Things!

Shane x

The only other place you’ll see these outfits & hair is on King Street, Newtown on a weekend. It’s scary!

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