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‘Stranger Things’: Stephen King, Guillermo del Toro & More Tastemakers Reveal Obsession With Netflix Show

The masters of horror took to Twitter Sunday to praise the Duffer Brothers' Netflix series.

Stephen King

Stephen King


Stephen King and Guillermo del Toro wasted no time giving two thumbs up to Netflix’s newest original series “Stranger Things” on Sunday. The masters of horror both took to Twitter to voice their emphatic approval of the horror-thriller series, as did basically everyone who binge-watched the show and has a Twitter account.

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“STRANGER THINGS is pure fun. A+. Don’t miss it,” tweeted King. Del Toro wrote that “Stranger Things may be a lot of things: King, Spielberg, 80’s, myself…but what it is, above all, is good!!”

Starring Winona Ryder as the mother of a boy who disappears in Indiana in the 1980s, the eight-hour series pays homage to King, del Toro and Steven Spielberg by combining supernatural elements with creepy, frightening storytelling. “Thanks @netflix … Gonna have to bill you for some new pants,” tweeted actor Max Carver, star of MTV’s teen-horror drama “Teen Wolf” and the first season of HBO’s series “The Leftovers.”

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“Stranger Things” was created by Matt and Ross Duffer, aka the Duffer Brothers, who previously co-directed the 2015 horror-thriller “Hidden.” The pair have attracted praise for many stylistic elements of the series, including the soundtrack, which includes classic hits like Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit,” David Bowie’s “Heroes,” and Toto’s “Africa.”

Check out the trailer for the series below.

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Isn’t Shawn Levy the director of multiple episodes of the show?


    Yeah, that tweet should have been attributed to Max Carver from Teen Wolf and The Leftovers, not Levy.


Might want to talk to Ben about the B grade he gave this show – he clearly is in the minority.

Jorge Gonzalez

I watched the whole season in just 2 days and cant wait for the second season the show is amazing i loved every second of every episode so did the rest of my family a big 5 star!!!!

Sarah McMullan

Putting my musical pedant hat on,the version of HEROES used is actually Peter Gabriel from his 2008 album.

But the soundtrack IS fantastic – Joy Division, Jefferson Aeroplane, Foreigner,Corey Hart… with an incredible original score by the guys who scored the film THE GUEST. Synth heavy and a wonderfully freaky nod to classic horror while still decidedly modern. A++ to them.

Cheryl Harmon Grass

Binge watched this on Monday ,wow ,wow, wow

James M.

The show is derivative, relatively boring, and saddled with several poor performances (most notably the adult leads; the kids are great) but that soundtrack is amazing.


    You, sir, are an idiot. You’re intelligent contrarian act is transparent and cliche’.

Maria P.

OMG!!! This is an instant cult-classic!!! I CANNOT believe how absolutely fantastic the whole creation was- music, cast, wardrobe, original score, sets… EVERYTHING! My only gripe is that some of the music was just a tad ahead of its time (I KNOW some of those songs were not yet playing on the radio in the year in which the story is taking place), but its a very small gripe and, all in all, this show was pretty much a masterpiece!! Thank you Duffer Bros., & thank you Netflix for giving us such an amazing and outright creepy summer thriller!!


I watched it to see what the fuzz was about 4 episodes in I stopped. It was too damn boring nothing happening just the typical cliche crap condensed in mass into 1 show. Guess the payoff should be good, but if it takes more than 4 episodes for this show to get watchable then based on all the reviews around the power of nostalgia is strong with this one.

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