Did you eyeball-gobble Stranger Things? If not, you need to get on that, because your friends are going to drive you crazy with SPOILERS.
The Netflix original series is a master class in walking the line between nostalgia and originality. Set in 1983, it stars Winona Ryder sporting a Karen Silkwood wig, wisecracking nerd kids just like in Stand By Me, a terrifying monster equal parts ’80s horror and Guillermo del Toro, a strange and wonderful girl named Eleven with a Furiosa haircut, and music that evokes classic vintage synth and electro scores from the ’70s and ’80s while bringing something new to the table.
All these things aside, the biggest reason to watch Stranger Things is the stellar cast, who bring the rich characters to life perfectly. The kids make the series, and it’s no accident they’re great actors. Even though they’re young, you’ll be surprised where you’ve seen the Stranger Things cast in other roles. Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson) and Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair) are Broadway vets. Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven) has already knocked ‘em dead on BBC. Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler) has appeared in two beloved sci-fi series, making impressions in both.
And come on, just seeing ‘80s stars Ryder and Matthew Modine together is enough to warm the heart. Ryder was in many iconic films and was an icon herself. She was the white hot real-life love interest and tattoo-inspirer of Johnny Depp. Perhaps ironically, her most iconic role is from an iconoclastic film – Heathers. Modine was an intense heartthrob who shimmered from the silver screen in Married to the Mob, Full Metal Jacket, and Vision Quest.
So where have you seen Stranger Things actors on other shows? Let’s slip into the wall and do the blinky Christmas light roll call.