There used to be a time when coming of age films about children encountering the supernatural and fantastical weren't that hard to come by. The 80s were an especially ripe time for such stories. From E.T. to Poltergeist and even classic Stephen King novels, the journey of childhood and adolescence was often viewed through wondrous and often strange lenses.
Netflix's new original series "Stranger Things" (Created by Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer.) follows the story of a young boy who vanishes into thin air in Indiana and all of the mysterious things that seem to go bump in the night. Meanwhile his frightened mother and rag tag group of friends desperately try to find him. Things get complicated when ominous strangers seem to be responsible for the disappearance. The Spielbergian influence is dripping all over every scene and is sure to be full of plenty of twists and turns. The show stars Winona Ryder in a gripping performance as a mother who can't find her child.
"Stranger Things" can be seen on Netflix