Mike, Will, Dustin, and Lucas are typical pre-teen boys living in tiny Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s. They love Dungeons & Dragons, playing videogames at the local arcade, and riding their bikes. But things get strange when Will disappears in the woods while riding home one night, even as a mysterious girl – known only as “Eleven” – suddenly appears in town with a shaved head and wearing a hospital gown. As Will’s older brother, mother (Winona Ryder), and friends search desperately for him, the clues all seem to lead to a nearby U.S. Government energy lab, where strange experiments are being conducted by a team headed by Dr. Brenner (Matthew Modine). Before long, it’s clear that this lab, Eleven’s origins, and Will’s fate are all intertwined in a dangerous mystery that Will’s friends are determined to solve.
When Stranger Things debuted on Netflix in the summer of 2016, it took the online geek community by storm, particularly its Generation X members. The series is a curious and intriguing blend of the horror and science fiction genres that recalls a host of films of the 1980s, including Explorers, The Goonies, Stand by Me, Poltergeist, The Monster Squad, The Lost Boys, the novels (and film adaptations) of Stephen King, and pretty much every B-horror film of the decade. The series’ young cast were all virtual unknowns, but they’re instantly recognizable and relatable to anyone who crew up in that era. The show is a nostalgic throwback and yet manages to feel fresh too, by turns creepy, curious, and even touching. Most of all, it excels at the creation of edgy atmosphere even in familiar and mundane environments; an unsettled mood pervades every episode. This, along with the cast’s charisma, helps to carry the narrative forward even when it feels a tad muddled. Above all else, Stranger Things DVD UK is just a helluva lot of fun. It’s the TV equivalent of a can of Pringles or a bag of Cheetos, and that’s meant in the best way possible. This is an incredibly binge-worthy viewing experience and you’re sure to enjoy every minute.