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Stranger Things, Netflix's new series, is nostalgic for Stephen King's early work

Does this take place in Castle Rock?

Netflix released a trailer for its latest original series, and you can watch it above.

The show is called Stranger Things, and it takes place in a strange, nostalgic pop culture world that seems to exist someplace in the middle of Stephen King and Steven Spielberg. This is not a coincidence.

"A love letter to the supernatural classics of the 80s, Stranger Things is the story of a young boy who vanishes into thin air," the official description states. "As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl."

Even the title screen uses the sort of font you'd find on a classic paperback purchased in a drug store.

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It's been fun to read what other people see as the show's influences.

"...The pacing and lighting is awesomely reminiscent of 1982's Poltergeist (and a salient reminder that it should never have been remade); hinging a supernatural thriller on a wide-eyed, scared-looking child plays into our all of our most primal, irrational fears and vulnerabilities, and Winona Ryder as a character who seems to be the boy’s mother is on perfect pitch, frazzled and desperate and ready to fight," the story on Jezebel stated.

"A small, close-knit town?" the Verge asked. "Kids riding around on bikes? A strange mystery that someone appears to be hiding? Enough anamorphic lens flare to make J.J. Abrams blush? The quiet dread of a lonely bicycle, back wheel still spinning, without its owner to be found? It's all there, like the prelude to an actual good adaptation of It."

Stranger Things will premiere on July 15. We can't wait.

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