When Stranger Things hits this summer, the ticking nostalgia bomb will unleash plenty of old-school oddities. Netflix prepped viewers Thursday by releasing the hourlong drama's first trailer, a look at how one child's disappearance disturbs an otherwise humdrum Indiana town.
"This is Hawkins. Wanna know the worst thing that's ever happened here, in the four years I've been working here?" a police chief (David Harbour) asks a distressed mother (Winona Ryder). "An owl attacked Eleanor Gillespie's head, because it thought that her hair was a nest."
Buckle up, Chief.
The Duffer brothers (Wayward Pines) have positioned Netflix's latest original series as a love letter to the supernatural cult classics of the '80s. Fittingly, it's set during the '80s amid an investigation tied to Ryder's missing son. Government experiments, otherworldly entities, a peculiar little girl, and a trio of other boys living out their coming-of-age years are also in the mix.
Per the promo visuals, Stranger Things looks like it'll play out as the ultimate homage it purports to be. Hints of Super 8, E.T., Stand by Me, Goonies, Gremlins, Twin Peaks, and Poltergeist are easy to spot -- the title font even resembles that of an old Stephen King book. (Is this the Amblin: The TV Show we've been waiting for?)
"I think the audience will love the nostalgic voyage back in time before technology had completely" taken over, Ryder, who's notching her first proper TV lead on the heels of Show Me a Hero, told People last month. "This is a genre that I enjoy watching, but haven't necessarily explored before."
All eight episodes of Stranger Things, also featuring Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Matthew Modine, and Charlie Heaton, arrive July 15.