Fans of Stranger Things, brace yourselves! The much-anticipated final season is shaping up to be a rollercoaster, and we’ve got some juicy tidbits to share.
First off, the director’s chair will see a new face join the team. Dan Trachtenberg, the genius behind 10 Cloverfield Lane and Prey, is hopping on board. He’s super pumped about his episode, saying, “I have read my episode, and I had been prepping the episode before the strike. I can tell you that it’s awesome.” Chatting with Variety, he couldn’t help but praise the Duffer brothers, the masterminds of the series. “The Duffer brothers are incredible, and we have so much in common. With this being the last season and hearing a little bit about what could be an episode I could do, I got excited.”
Trachtenberg assures fans that this season won’t have any dull moments. In his words, “I don’t think [Stranger Things] falls into a category of television seasons like Game of Thrones where the pilot is cool, slows down, and the last two episodes are the big battle. I can tell you, and pointing to other seasons, there is rock and roll throughout the entire season.”
David Harbour, our beloved Hopper, also chimed in with his thoughts. He promises that the final season will tug at our heartstrings, calling it “moving.” He spilled some beans about the scripts, saying, “Before the strike, we were sent scripts. They’re terrific, as per usual. They continue to outdo themselves, these currently-on-strikes writers, called the Duffer brothers. It’s a hell of an undertaking, too. The set pieces and the things in the scripts that we saw are bigger than anything we’ve done in the past.” Reflecting on the end of Season 4, he teased, “You gotta imagine where it starts, after where Season 4 ended, you watch us on that hill looking at the ash and the smoke, fires. And we’re gonna start somewhere after that, so you gotta imagine that the world is a different place. It’s great, it’ll take a while to shoot, which’ll be tough, since we can’t get started yet, but it is what it is.”
Harbour’s enthusiasm is evident as he continued, “I’m excited to go back, I’m excited to wrap it up in a bold, amazing way. I’m excited to really swing with this character, because you know that they’re gonna pay off these O.G. characters — Eleven, Hopper, Joyce, Will, Mike — they’re gonna pay them off in big ways because they’ve lived with you for the past eight years.”
Stranger Things Season 5 – What We Know So Far
Hawkins in Chaos – The town is in turmoil after Vecna’s move to bridge the Upside Down with the real world. As the town spirals into chaos, mirroring the eerie Upside Down, a significant military intervention is on the horizon. With the town’s fate hanging in the balance, what role will our beloved characters play?
Eleven vs. Vecna: The Showdown – After a narrow escape from death, Vecna is back, and a showdown with Eleven seems inevitable. With the fate of Hawkins at stake, will Eleven’s powers be enough to thwart Vecna’s sinister plans?
Quarantine Alert! – Given the looming threats from the Upside Down, rumors are swirling that Hawkins might be quarantined. With potential martial law and a town in panic, the stage is set for a gripping narrative.
Spotlight on Will Byers – The Duffer Brothers have hinted at a central role for Will Byers in the upcoming season. His journey promises to be a pivotal element that could tie the entire series together.
The Fate of Eleven and Max – Speculations are rife about Eleven’s potential sacrifice to seal the gates to the Upside Down. Meanwhile, Max’s fate hangs in the balance as she remains in a coma. Will she wake up to join the final battle?
A Leap in Time – The storyline is expected to fast-forward, possibly resuming around 1988 or 1989. This time skip aligns with the real-life ages of the actors, adding a touch of authenticity to the narrative.
The production status for the fifth season is labeled as ‘delayed’. While filming was slated to commence in May 2023, strikes have thrown a wrench in the plans. However, set building has been in full swing, hinting at the scale of the upcoming season.
Watch The New ‘Wizard of Oz’ Horror Film ‘Gale’ on New Streaming App
There is a new horror movie streaming app available on your digital devices. It’s called Chilling and it’s currently streaming Gale Stay Away From Oz. This movie got some buzz last year when a full-length trailer was released, since then, it hasn’t really been promoted. But recently it has become available to watch. Well, sort of.
The movie streaming on Chilling is actually a short. The studio says it’s a precursor for an upcoming full-length movie.
Here’s what they had to say on YouTube:
“The short film is now live [on Chilling app], and serves as the setup for the feature film that will be going in to production soon.
Long gone are the days of emerald cities and yellow brick roads, the enchanting tale of the Wizard of Oz takes a haunting turn. Dorothy Gale (Karen Swan), now in her twilight years, bears the scars of a lifetime entangled with the paranormal forces of a mystical realm. These otherworldly encounters have left her shattered, and the echoes of her experiences now reverberate through her sole living relative, Emily (Chloë Culligan Crump). As Emily is beckoned to confront the unresolved matters of this bone-chilling Oz, a terrifying journey awaits her.”
One of the most incredible things we took away from the teaser other than how moody and creepy it is, was how much lead actress Chloë Culligan Crump resembles Judy Garland, the original Dorothy from the 1939 original.
It’s about time someone continued this story. There are definitely elements of horror in Frank L. Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz book series. There have been attempts to reboot it, but nothing has ever quite captured its eerie but jovial qualities.
In 2013 we got the Sam Raimi directed Oz the Great and Powerful but it didn’t do much. And then there was the series Tin Man that actually got some good reviews. Of course, there is our favorite, 1985’s Return to Oz starring a young Fairuza Balk who would later become a teen witch in the hit 1996 movie The Craft.
If you want to watch Gale just go to the Chiller website and sign up (we are not affiliated or sponsored by them). It is as low as $3.99 a month, but they are offering a free seven-day trial.
First Regular Trailer:
‘Living For The Dead’ Trailer Scares Up Queer Paranormal Pride
With all the ghost-hunting reality content available from Discovery+, Hulu is stepping up the genre with their take called Living for the Dead in which a team of five queer paranormal investigators travel to different haunted locations to raise the spirits of both the living and the dead.
The show at first appears to be a run-of-the-mill ghost-hunting procedural, but the twist is that these researchers also help the living cope with their hauntings. That kind of tracks since this show is from the same producers as Netflix’s Queer Eye, another reality show where the hosts help people find peace and acceptance.
But what this show has that Queer Eye doesn’t is an “A” list celebrity producer. Kristen Stewart plays the showrunner here, and she says the concept originally was meant as a gag.
“It’s so cool and enlivening that me and my best friend CJ Romero had this funny idea and now it’s a show,” says Stewart in a press release. “It started as a bit of a hypothetical silly pipe dream and now I am so proud to have shepherded something that is as moving and meaningful as it is truly a gay old time. Our cast makes me laugh and cry and they had the courage and heart to take us places I wouldn’t go by myself. And it’s a super cool maiden voyage for the company I’ve started with my partners Dylan Meyer and Maggie McLean. This is just the beginning for us and for ‘Living for the Dead.’ We wanna one day have traipsed across the entire spooky ass country. Maybe the world!”
Living for the Dead,” a Huluween original docuseries, premieres all eight episodes on Hulu Wednesday, October 18.
Hulu Gets Groovy And Will Stream Full ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’ Series
Bruce Campbell wasn’t involved in his own Evil Dead franchise this year except for his voice on the phonograph record in Evil Dead Rise. But Hulu isn’t letting this season go by without a visit from “the chin,” and they will stream the entire Starz series Ash vs. Evil Dead on Sunday, October 1.
The series was a hit among fans. So much so that it lasted three seasons, adjusted for streaming app inflation, that’s like five. Still, it would have been great if Starz had taken its Geritol and kicked ass for a final season to wrap things up.
This past July Bruce Campbell stated due to the physical constraints he could no longer continue his role as Ash Williams in the franchise that started over 40 years ago. But thanks to modern servers and streaming libraries his legacy will continue to live on for years to come.
Ash vs. Evil Dead the series will stream on Hulu starting October 1.