Even though Stranger Things is a show full of sci-fi terror and suspense, there are times when even the most serious moments are interrupted with laughter thanks to a flub on set. Even though Stranger Things hasn’t been given a home video release full of a lot of special features going behind the scenes of the series, Netflix has thankfully given us some glimpses at the making of the pop culture phenomenon. This week they gave fans the gift of Stranger Things bloopers from all three seasons.
It seems like maybe Netflix wasn’t quite as prepared for Stranger Things to become such a huge hit, because this is the shortest blooper reel out of all the seasons. Then again, maybe it’s just because there weren’t a lot of funny bloopers on set. But I have to say, that explosion of milk in Finn Wolfhard’s face is pretty great.
The bloopers here show that the cast of Stranger Things was a little more aware that they were going to be watched by a large audience. They’re not exactly hamming it up, but it seems like they’re having a little more fun with the mistakes they make during production.
Finally, now that the kids have grown into teenagers, they’re definitely enjoying themselves in a much different way. It’s crazy to see how much they’ve grown up since the first season. Plus, you really get a feel for how much more comfortable with each other. In the first season, it’s clear they’re still a little nervous and not fully great friends yet, but here it’s like watching a family work together.
As if there was any doubt it was happening, Stranger Things season four was announced at the end of September. The short teaser hinted at a departure from Hawkins, Indiana, but the Upside Down was still very much very much present. Now, thanks to the recent Stranger Things Day celebrations on November 6 the day on which Will Byers disappeared in the first season of the Netflix series, we know what the title of the Stranger Things season 4 premiere episode will be. Find out below.
Here’s the tweet that the official Stranger Things account sent out, retweeting the revelation from writers’ account:
Once upon a #StrangerThingsDay, the @strangerwriters told us the first episode title of Stranger Things 4 and we never ever recovered. https://t.co/s2ZDsOUwKB
— Stranger Things @Stranger_Things November 7, 2019
So the first episode of the fourth season of Stranger Things is called “Chapter One: The Hellfire Club.” This title could have many possible meanings depending on what it’s actually referencing. In fact, it could be referencing several things all at once.
First of all, The Hellfire Club as mentioned in the history books and Wikipedia refers to several exclusive clubs that were established by upper class citizens in Britain and Ireland in the 18th century. They were said to be meeting places for “persons of quality” who wanted to partake in certain non-specific “immoral acts.” Members of these clubs were also often involved in politics. These clubs don’t sound much different from the shady dealings of millionaires today.
This reference may not seem like it makes much sense in the grand scheme of Stranger Things, but the first episode could easily be introducing us to a group of rich individuals who have been pulling the strings behind the exploration and experiments involving the Upside Down. Someone has to be funding these secret projects, and maybe we’ll finally meet them.
On a similar note, The Hellfire Club also refers to a society of mutants in Marvel Comics who are at odds with the superhero team known as the X-Men. The club is portrayed as being an organization for wealthy elites to congregate, but their Inner Circle is always trying to influence world events with their own agenda, not unlike members of high society who were part of the historical Hellfire Club.
What’s especially interesting about this possible comic book reference is that the Hellfire Club was introduced during the famous Dark Phoenix Saga run of X-Men comics. In that storyline, the telekinetic mutant Jean Grey became possessed by a celestial spirit known as The Phoenix Force, making her extremely powerful while also turning her into a villain. Could this be a possible hint that Eleven may end up making a turn to the dark side this season? That would be quite an Earth-shattering development.
On the other hand, the Stranger Things season 4 premiere episode title could have a more simple explanation. Hellfire is also a type of energy or magical substance in the world of Dungeons & Dragons, which is something our main characters love to play with each other or at least they did when they were younger. So “The Hellfire Club” could easily be the name of a group of friends getting together for some good old-fashioned role-playing. After all, Will Byers is moving away from Hawkins, Indiana, so maybe he has a new group of friends that he’s been playing Dungeons & Dragons with, and they give themselves a cool name.
Anything is possible with the fourth season of Stranger Things, especially with the tease of a story happening away from Hawkins, Indiana at least in part. However, we could be waiting a long while before we see the fourth season of Stranger Things since production won’t wrap until the summer of 2020. Depending on how long post-production takes, we might not see Stranger Things return until 2021. Until then we’ll just have to be patient and keep an eye out for more details.
We’re still a long way away from Stranger Things 4 it probably won’t arrive until 2021, but that doesn’t mean we can’t obsess over early details. A new report has revealed that the hit series is seeking actors for at least four new characters – three teenagers and one adult, to be specific. Just how big the roles will be for these four characters remains to be seen, but go ahead, start speculating wildly!
TV Line has the skinny on the new Stranger Things 4 characters. Here’s the deal:
The Duffer Brothers are looking to cast four new male recurring roles, three of which are teenagers and one of which is an adult. The adolescent trio range from a metalhead to an entitled jock to a character that sounds an awful lot like the twin of Fast Times at Ridgemont High stoner Jeff Spicoli. The older guy, meanwhile, possesses characteristics that suggest that he will figure prominently in a certain storyline set far, far away from Hawkins.
Having a high school stoner character on the show makes sense. In fact, I’m surprised they haven’t really had one already. As for the adult that figures “prominently in a certain storyline set far, far away from Hawkins,” there’s a good chance that could be a Russian character. Season 3 ended with the assumed death of Hopper David Harbour, but a post-credit stinger heavily implied that Hopper was still alive, imprisoned somewhere in Russia.
The storyline for season 4 remains a mystery, as it probably will right up until the premiere. But the Duffers told EW they have a good idea of where things are going, and they’ve had one for a while. “We don’t know a lot, but we do know a lot of the big broad strokes,” said Ross Duffer. “At the end of season two, we knew about Billy. We knew that the Russians were going to come in. We didn’t know the mall and stuff, but again, we know these big broad strokes. That’s sort of where we are in season four. We have the big broad strokes. It’s just now about filling in those lines in the details. We’re pretty excited about where it’s potentially going to go. Again, like we said, it’s going to feel very different than [season 3]. But I think that’s the right thing to do and I think it’ll be exciting.”
Matt Duffer added: “I think the biggest thing that’s going to happen is it’s going to open up a little bit, not necessarily in terms of scale, in terms of special effects, but open up in terms of allowing plotlines into areas outside of Hawkins.”
But how do the three new teen characters fit into all of this? The main Stranger Things kids aren’t really kids anymore – they’re teens themselves, and they’ll be even older by the time season 4 arrives. With that in mind, it’s safe to assume these new teens will interact with our main characters in some way. Or they will all be killed in the first episode as a big twist! We’ll see.
Horror anthologies are a tricky thing. On the one hand, the variety of stories means you don’t have to wait long to find a segment you like. On the other hand, one or more bad segments and you lose the audience. Then there’s the overarching narrative that ties everything together and that must be equally compelling, and if you’re doing a horror-comedy, you need to balance both genres. Thankfully, Scare Package effortlessly navigates both its horror and comedy roots, offering distinctively entertaining and clever segments that both subvert and pay homage to known horror tropes.
Scare Package comes from writers and directors Aaron B. Koontz, Courtney and Hillary Andujar, Chris McInroy, Anthony Cousins, Emily Hagins, and features the directorial debuts of Noah Segan and Baron Vaughn. The film involves seven segments and a wraparound, each involving a different horror sub-genre and tacking overused genre tropes. While the movie is never quite scary, it is hilarious and disgusting – fans of gore and slimy practical effects will go nuts for this movie.
The meta horror anthology wastes no time getting to the juicy stuff. The movie opens with a segment aptly titled “Cold Open,” by Emily Hagins. In it, a stock background character named Mike – seriously – Myers Jon Michael Simpson, whose job is to make sure that horror movies goes exactly as planned. The thing is, Mike desperately wants to do more than just points signs to the abandoned insane asylum the wrong way, or cut power, or place demonic toys in the attic just right; Mike wants to help someone for a chance and maybe even make it to the end of the movie. It’s a hilarious way to start a consistently funny anthology, which riffs on horror villains and the horror characters who are often too oblivious to what’s going on. Right after, we’re introduced to the movie’s framing device, Aaron B. Koontz “Rad Chad’s Horror Emporium,” which takes place at a video rental store. The titular Rad Chad played by Jeremy King, is a Joe Bob-type horror obsessive fan training a new employee, and showing him the VHS tapes that make up each segment.
The subsequent segments are as wild as the filmmakers in charge of it. “One Time in the Woods” is a gross and gooey camp trip that goes terribly wrong, and it is absolutely hilarious. Noah Segan makes his directorial debut with “M.I.S.T.E.R.” which is a fun and twisty take on the very dude-heavy monster movie. Established production designers Courtney and Hillary Andujar make a post-modern feminist slasher body horror that rightly so has terrific production design and practical effects in “Girl’s Night Out of Body”. Anthony Cousins’ “The Night He Came Back Again! Part IV: The Final Kill” is an outstanding and absolutely delightful parody of slasher sequels and death scenes that always prove to not be fatal. Baron Vaughn’s directorial debut “So Much To Do” serves as a great backdoor pilot to a TV show that also makes fun of spoiler culture. And finally, Aaron B. Koontz returns to tie everything up in a neat, bloody, self-aware little bow in “Horror Hypothesis,” which riffs on meta horror movies like Cabin in the Woods and Scream.
Scare Package is definitely not a scarefest. You probable won’t have nightmares because of it, but you will definitely have some of the jokes and surprises imprinted on your head for a while. That being said, the segments have great practical effects that will please fans of gore. Even if not all segments are equally as good, there is a consistency in tone that keeps the unique and varied segments coherently funny. A common problem with horror anthologies is that the segments feel too disjointed and unconnected. That is not a problem here, as the movie’s framing segment “Rad Chad’s Horror Emporium” is not only fun but allows each segment to neatly roll into the next, while making every segment feel essential. This is a ridiculously self-aware movie, but one which never becomes a joke. Audiences should also keep their eyes out for a fantastic cameo in the movie that shall remain unspoiled.
Scare Package is destined to become a midnight crowd favorite, a consistently funny love letter to the genre, made by people who love horror for people to love horror.
If you were hoping Stranger Things season 4 would arrive in time for next summer, we have some bad news. It looks like the fourth season of Netflix’s big hit won’t wrap until the end of summer 2020, which means we’ll have to wait until fall – or likely even longer – to lay eyes on it. In all likelihood, we might not be returning to the Upside Down until 2021.
We already know that Stranger Things season 4 is a go at Netflix, but when will we see it? According to TV Line, the Stranger Things season 4 premiere won’t be happening anytime soon. They report that the series is “slated to begin shooting in January and will likely wrap in August.” That means there’s no way in hell we’ll be getting season 4 in the summer of 2020. What about fall then? We got season 2 around Halloween, after all.
Fall also seems unlikely, unless the show has the quickest post-production turnaround in TV history. With this knowledge in mind, it’s likely that Stranger Things 4 is destined for a 2021 release. Beyond that, TV Line learned that season 4 will have eight episodes. Both seasons 1 and 3 had eight episodes as well, but season 2 had nine. Season 2 was also considered by many myself included to be a disappointment, so perhaps sticking with eight episodes is for the best.
At one point, Stranger Things creators the Duffer Brothers indicated that the fourth season of Stranger Things would also be the last. But there’s been no confirmation as to whether or not that’s really happening, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Netflix backed a dump truck of money up to the Duffers’ homes to make sure they make a few more seasons. Stranger Things is a big deal for the streaming service – it’s a full-blown cultural phenomenon, featuring plenty of tie-in merch. Netflix is unlikely to be in a hurry to let it go. Producer Shawn Levy has already indicated the show will probably go beyond four seasons, saying: “there’s very much the possibility of a fifth.” However, he also added: “Beyond that, it becomes I think very unlikely.”
Plot details for season 4 remain shrouded in secrecy. Season 3 ended with the possible death of David Harbour‘s Hopper, but of course, we all know there’s no way he’s really dead. Instead, he’s likely locked up somewhere in Russia. The teaser for season 4 ended with that tag: “We’re Not In Hawkins Anymore”, indicating that at least some of the characters would be venturing beyond the town where the show is set to places unknown. Like Russia, perhaps.
Zombieland: Double Tap is in theaters now, bringing back Woody Harrelson, Jessie Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin for more zombie apocalypse action. It’s been 10 years since the original movie hit theaters, but writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick the duo behind the Deadpool franchise were hired almost immediately to write the sequel. Since it took a decade to finally get this movie finished, the script went through plenty of changes as time passed, and one of those changes resulted in nixing a hilarious but tragic scene that would have given us a Ghostbusters reunion.
Beware, in order to discuss this scene in question, we’re providing a spoiler alert for a certain cameo made in the sequel. But if you saw the most recent theatrical trailer for Zombieland: Double Tap, then you already know what we’re talking about. Either way, you’ve been warned.
The Hollywood Reporter put out a video talking about the development of Zombieland: Double Tap and where the sequel leaves things for a possible future for the franchise. In the video, they talk about one of the big changes made to the original draft of the sequel that was written shortly after the first movie, and it involves the cameo made by Bill Murray.
Yes, Bill Murray has another cameo in Zombieland: Double Tap. But since he died in the first movie, thanks to a shotgun blast to the body in a prank gone wrong, his cameo in the sequel is a flashback. In the cameo, which plays during the credits, Bill Murray is partaking in press junket interviews for Garfield 3: Flabby Tabby, a sequel that doesn’t actually exist. After hilariously answering some questions in the expected Bill Murray fashion, he sits down with Al Roker from The Today Show. But the interview goes south qucikly when Roker suddenly turns into a zombie, and Murray is forced to thrash him with a chair.
However, Bill Murray’s cameo would have been much different and significantly more star-studded if the original draft was kept intact. The flashback scene still took us to the beginning of the zombie apocalypse, but instead, Murray was on a golf course with Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson, who are all trying to convince him to make Ghostbusters 3. But suddenly, each of Murray’s cast members start turning into zombies and Murray has to kill each and every one of them. That would have been hilarious!
Unfortunately, a long time passed between the first movie and the sequel, and in that time, not only have we lost Harold Ramis, but there has since been a Ghostbusters reboot, and there’s now a Ghostbusters sequel slated for release in 2020. So the scene just didn’t work as well with everything that has happened since the first draft was written.
The flashback scene in question also would have included another surprising cameo. Reese and Wernick told CinemaBlend that they had written Joe Pesci into the flashback scene. He would have been playing in front of the Ghostbusters crew, who would have hit their balls in his way because he was playing to slow. Pesci would have gotten really angry and hilarity would ensue.
In fact, Reese also revealed that Joe Pesci was initially offered the Bill Murray cameo in the first Zombieland. The writer recalled:
“We tried before and failed on the first. We tried to get Joe Pesci for the Bill Murray part in Zombieland. And the classic line… We pitched Joe Pesci’s agent before they’d read the script, and we said, ‘Well, it’s a small part.’ And Joe Pesci’s agent said, ‘There are no small parts, only small money.'”
That’s Hollywood for ya. And even though Reese and Wernick had a tough time getting Bill Murray lined up for that original cameo, I think everyone would agree that it worked out for the best. It also made it infinitely easier to get him to participate in the sequel. We’re just hoping that more of the footage from his time on set makes it to the Blu-ray release of Zombieland: Double Tap. Apparently they have hours of Bill Murray improvising with the various reporters who were real press people, and that’s something we desperately want to see.