Caleb McLaughlin, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Joe Keery, Matthew Modine, Millie Bobby Brown, Natalia Dyer, Netflix, Noah Schnapp, Randall P. Havens, Shannon Purser, Stranger Things, The Duffer Brothers, Winona Ryder
Netflix have done it again. Welcome to Hawkins, Indiana – a small town where everyone knows everything about everybody else. Neighbours are friendly, kids ride their bikes to their friends’ house any time of the day and teenagers are still just as mean and rebellious as they ever have been in the history of storytelling.
On this particular November evening in 1983, a group of boys – Will (Noah Schnapps), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) – are heading home on their bikes after having spent 10 hours playing Dungeons & Dragons at their friend, Mike’s (Finn Wolfhard) house. Will never makes it home.
Come daylight, Will’s mother Joyce (Winona Ryder) asks her teenage son, Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) to get Will ready for school before realising that Will, uncharacteristically, has not been home. After making some calls, she becomes concerned and reports her missing child to the local police chief and her one-time lover, Jim “Hop” Hopper (David Harbour). Initially dismissing Joyce’s pleas as an overreaction, Hop nevertheless begins investigating Will’s disappearance when a local diner owner is found murdered after reports that a child had wandered into the diner earlier that day.