"Stranger Things" Season 4 Writers' "Video Store Fridays" Films (Hopper Edition): "Shawshank", "Papillon" & More [TRAILERS]

If you're reading this, then we're pretty sure you've checked out the teaser trailer for Netflix and The Duffer Bros' (Matt and Ross Duffer) Stranger Things 4 – which means you know two things by now. First, that the "American" who didn't get fed to the captive Demogorgon by the Russian guards at the end of season 3 was Hopper (David Harbour). Second, that actor Tom Wlaschiha (Game of Thrones, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan) has joined the cast this season (the Russian guard who turns toward the camera):

So it's only fitting that this week's "Video Store Fridays" selections all have the ten-ton theme of prisons and chain gangs – though not exactly sympathetic to Hopper's predicament, if we're being completely honest. Following the list below, we've included the trailers at no extra charge (and you can catch up on the previous selections here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here):

"Stranger Things" Day!

For those of you new to the holiday, Stranger Things Day takes place every year on November 6, and was created to show love, respect, appreciation for the hit series. The significance of the date rests at the very heart of the franchise: it was the date during the first season when Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) officially disappeared in the Upside Down.

Last year, the Stranger Things writers revealed the title of the first episode of the fourth season (written by the series' creators) that appears to be a friendly nod to 80's X-Men comics:

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Confirmation of the series' return came more than three months after the show's third season debut, and with the Duffer Bros. signing an overall multi-year television/film deal with the streamer:

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Netflix

"We are absolutely thrilled to continue our relationship with Netflix. Back in early 2015, Ted Sarandos, Cindy Holland, Brian Wright and Matt Thunell took a huge chance on us and our show — and forever changed our lives. From that first pitch meeting to the release of Stranger Things 3, the entire Netflix team has been nothing short of sensational, providing us with the kind of support, guidance and creative freedom we always dreamed about. We can't wait to tell many more stories together — beginning, of course, with a return trip to the Upside Down!"

– Matt and Ross Duffer

While a date has yet to be announced for the series' return, fans do have an announcement video to pour over for clues – and it's hard not to with the tagline, "We're Not In Hawkins Anymore." From the looks of things at the end – and considering how last season wrapped up cliffhanger-wise – fans should be expecting to spend quite a bit of time outside of Hawkins' city limits:

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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