Before Netflix debuts Stranger Things its eight-part supernatural series, on Friday, it offered an eight-minute sample today.
Suburban Indiana in 1983 is the setting while the story focuses on trio of tweenage friends who set out uncover the other-worldly reasons for the fourth’s disappearance.
After a jump scare opening, the rest of the clip shows best friends Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Will (Noah Schapp), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) playing a rousing game of Dungeons & Dragons before calling it a night. But when Will sets off on his BMX bike back home alone, he’s met by something very strange.
The creepily pulsing electronic score opens the clip that’s soaked in ‘80s imagery. Check out the first eight minutes below:
The clip, entitled “The Vanishing of Will Byers,” shares the same name with the first episode. The rest of the show’s episodes are broken into bookish “chapters,” and each are given an appropriately Stephen King-esque title, the fourth even sharing the same name as the unrelated King novella that inspired the film Stand By Me. Let your imagination run wild with the rest of the series chapter titles:
- “Chapter 2: The Weirdo on Maple Street”
- “Chapter 3: Holly, Jolly”
- “Chapter 4: The Body”
- “Chapter 5: The Flea and the Acrobat”
- Chapter 6: The Monster”
- Chapter 7: The Bathtub”
- “Chapter 8: The Upside Down”
Here’s the official synopsis:
A love letter to the supernatural classics of the 80’s, Stranger Things is the story of a young boy who vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.
Stranger Things also stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Millie Brown, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton, and Matthew Modine.