Stranger Things (2016– )
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Chapter Eight: The Upside Down 

Joyce and Hopper are taken in for questioning. Nancy and Jonathan prepare to fight the monster and save Will.


Matt Duffer (as The Duffer Brothers), Ross Duffer (as The Duffer Brothers)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Winona Ryder ... Joyce Byers
David Harbour ... Jim Hopper
Finn Wolfhard ... Mike Wheeler
Millie Bobby Brown ... Eleven
Gaten Matarazzo ... Dustin Henderson
Caleb McLaughlin ... Lucas Sinclair
Natalia Dyer ... Nancy Wheeler
Charlie Heaton ... Jonathan Byers
Cara Buono ... Karen Wheeler
Matthew Modine ... Martin Brenner
Joe Chrest ... Ted Wheeler
Joe Keery ... Steve Harrington
Rob Morgan ... Officer Powell
John Reynolds ... Officer Callahan (as John Paul Reynolds)
Noah Schnapp ... Will Byers


Hopper and Joyce are interrogated by Dr. Brenner and his agents. Hopper makes a deal with Dr. Brenner in order to go to the Upside Down with Joyce to rescue Will. Meanwhile Jonathan and Nancy set up bear trap at Jonathan's home to kill the monster. Out of the blue, Steve arrives and is forced to fight the monster with Nancy and Jonathan. Brenner and his agents arrive at school to capture El, but she reacts protecting her friends with her powers and the blood attracts the monster. What will happen to them? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

15 July 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene where they are running through the school to get away from Dr Brenner (Matthew Modine) is reminiscent of The Breakfast Club (1985), when the kids are trying to evade Vernon. See more »


In Hopper's flashback, the doctors are performing CPR on his intubated daughter while the ECG monitor is beeping, meaning it still detects a heartbeat. It's only a few seconds later that the ECG flatlines, meaning there's no electrical activity detected in the heart. CPR is performed in an effort to restart that electrical activity, meaning it should have been started after the ECG flatlined and certainly not before. See more »


Mike Wheeler: [sniffling] Just hold on a little longer, okay? He's gone. The bad man's gone. We'll be home soon and my mom... she'll get you your own bed. You can eat as many Eggos as you want. And... we can go to the snow ball...
Eleven: [softly] Promise?
Mike Wheeler: Promise.
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References The Goonies (1985) See more »


Written by Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke and Johannes Schmölling
Performed by Tangerine Dream
Courtesy of Jive Records
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A Stephen King made properly by Spielberg
3 November 2018 | by japegwynSee all my reviews

Capturing the best beats of the few movie from the 80s which really are classic, this evokes the time when the next King novel read like the next Spielberg movie and fashion was for other people in those crappy TV shows.

The young male leads show The Goonies up for what they were: annoying shouty brats... Hell, even in ET the kids were tiresome; not here.

Perhaps also shades and influence from Bekmambetov's Day & Night Watch?

...and for we of a certain age, perhaps the biggest revalation of all: WHEN did Winona Ryder get all growd up?

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