After taking a couple of weeks off (don't think we don't notice, you never call, your mother's worried), the writers of Stranger Things 4 are back with another edition of "Video Store Fridays" (VSF). For those of you new to this, here's how it all works: they post five movies that were on the minds of the Netflix series' writers that week, and now they also serve as some cool selections to pass the home lockdown time. Following this week's reveal, you'll find trailers for the films listed to make your "homework" a little easier (and you can catch up on the previous four weeks' worth of selections here, here, here, and here).
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– Open Water
– The Visit
– Sky High
– The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
– Death to Smoochy
— stranger writers (@strangerwriters) April 18, 2020
Now let's venture back to a simpler time (before there was talk of coronavirus and production shutdowns), when the cast of Stranger Things took us inside the show's fourth season "secret" table read. We can't help but smile at what looks more like a family reunion or a return to summer camp… if there with Demogorgons in the woods, that is. Earlier, Noah Schnapp aka Will Byers revealed that he had gotten his eyeballs on the first four scripts when asked about starting production on the fourth season (which explains his good vibes heading into the table read): "I look forward to this so much. It's my favorite thing in the world, and I love working with these people. It's like a family. I read the first four scripts, and they are amazing. I can't wait to see where they go with the rest of the season."
To celebrate "Stranger Things Day 2019", the 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 (which you can check out below). 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. The show's creators sounded excited about the "many more stories" they had to tell when the deal was announced: "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!"