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By: Elizabeth Fitamaent

“Stranger Things” the latest Netflix Original Series, has become an instant hit and household name over the past few months. With Halloween right around the corner, it is incredibly timely to discuss the popularity of the intricately mysterious narrative.

The eight-chapter period piece is set in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, cerca 1983. The story begins when a young boy named Will Byers disappear. His friends, family, and the local sheriff and police authorities all search day and night for him. But unbeknownst to them, Will was taken alternate universe known as “The Upside Down.”

As the plot thickens, a series of supernatural events unfold, most of which involve the unusual young girl named Eleven, a villainous team of government agents, and a monster called “The Demogorgon.”

When I first started watching the series, I was undoubtedly terrified. After the first episode, I was not sure if I would be able to continue watching. Eventually, I found myself incapable of turning away.

“Stranger Things” is one of the more suspenseful shows I have seen in a long time. Its consistency keeps you on your toes, whiles its family-oriented storylines permanently ground an audience whose heartstrings are inevitably tugged at.

With Halloween approaching, “Stranger Things” is amassing its relevance throughout various social media yet again. Costumes based off many of the characters, pumpkins carved like the lights hanging in the Byer’s home, and step-by-step “how-to’s” of how to make Demogorgon pumpkin pie and a Barb-inspired French onion soup have all become markers of 2016 popular culture.

“Stranger Things” will return to Netflix with a second season in 2017. The exact release date has not yet been determined. But with the titles of the nine planned episodes already announced, and the young casts members making their predictions on late night television, one can only hope The Duffer Brothers’ will equally entertain the ever-growing fan base of their Sci-Fi/Horror “cult classic.”