While most of this year's fall premieres have already brought new season of TV to fans, there are a few shows that are still holding out on us. Case in point: Netflix's Stranger Things, which will finally arrive for Season 2 at the end of this month. Information and footage of the popular show's sophomore season have been slowly trickling out, amping up anticipation in the process. Now the final trailer for Stranger Things 2 (as The Duffer Brothers call it) has finally arrived, and it's a doozy. Here are the six biggest moments from that wild trailer.
Eleven's Big Entrance
One of the biggest mysteries that was left open ended in Stranger Things Season 1 was the fate of Eleven. While she seemingly perished while destroying The Demogorgon, Hopper's hidden box of Eggos hinted at her return. And now we can see that she's back with a new hairdo and more determination than ever. One of the most interesting shots from the new trailer featured a chain lock unlocking itself, which is similar to The Demogorgon's attack on Will from Season 1. But this time it was everyone's favorite telekinetic little girl, and she looks seriously pissed. It should be interesting to see how Elle factors into Season 2's narrative, since none of the trailers have featured her in scenes with the other characters.
A Real Look At The Shadow Monster
One of the most consistently exciting aspects of Stranger Things 2 is the new creature. It first appeared way back in the show's Super Bowl commercial, and The Duffer Brothers have been teasing how much more terrifying it is than The Demogorgon. And while we've seen the Shadow Monster in a few brief shots and posters, this new trailer really features the monster. We see how its body is completely made of some shadow/smoke matter (how Lost of them), and just how massive the monster that will be looming over Hawkins, Indiana truly is. And unlike Season 1, I doubt Eleven can vanquish this new creature by hereslf.
The Characters Arm Themselves For A Fight
One of the most epic moments from the new Stranger Things trailer doesn't actually feature any supernatural characters or monsters. Instead, it shows the human characters arming themselves for a battle in Joyce's house. In the clip, Hopper grabs an assault rifle, and throws a hunting rifle to Nancy. Steve once again has his nail ridden bat that he used to fight The Demogorgon, and Lucas is shown once preparing his wrist rocket. Whatever is attempting to enter Joyce's home will be met with a barrage of attacks from the characters in what looks like a particularly exciting action sequence in Season 2. Hopper is also shown firing rounds in another location, so it appears that Stranger Things 2 will have way more action than the first season.
First Look At Dr. Owens
One thing that is clear from the newest trailer is that Will Byers is definitely not out of the woods. We see as Joyce's youngest son loses control of his own consciousness, with his mind being swept back into The Upside Down. Joyce presumably seeks help at some point, which lands she, Will and Sean Astin's Bob in Hawkins Lab. It's there where Will is treated by newcomer Dr. Owens, played by Paul Reiser. He's the new head honcho at Hawkins Lab, and it's unclear if he'll end up being a villain or hero when Season 2 arrives. But one thing definitely is clear: Will needs help.
The Kids Entering The Upside Down
This is yet another tease for the amped up action in Stranger Things 2. Sometime during their sophomore adventure, Mike, Lucas, and Dustin will apparently venture into The Upside Down. It looks like more rifts are opening up around town, and this time the kids are running into the alternate reality instead of trying to get Will out. You can see the group's homemade protection from the harmful elements of The Upside Down, including swimming goggles, handkerchiefs, and rubber gloves. Although the clip shows the group turning around suddenly, so it's a possibility that the adults like Hopper and Joyce may stop them before they end up in the alternate dimension. After all, this is no Dungeons and Dragons campaign, it's much more real.
Oodles Of Horror References
Much like Season 1, it appears that Stranger Things 2 will be chock full of references and homages to classic horror films. The sneak peek released with the mobile game showed newcomer Max in a Michael Meyers mask for Halloween, with the boys wearing matching Ghostbusters outfits. Will's time being check out/experimented on at Hawkins Lab definitely feels reminiscent of The Exorcist, when Reagan is taken to the hospital for tests after the demon inside of her begins to lash out. We're also shown a character tying a bandana around his head, which is Lost Boys-ish. And the group of kids' journey into The Upside Down will no doubt remind many moviegoers of The Losers' Club from IT. And that's just from this trailer alone.
Stranger Things 2 will be released in its entirety on October 27th, just in time for Halloween.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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