‘Donnie Darko’ (2001) film review

Donnie Darko, an atmospheric, wacky and very confusing psychological thriller that has a lot of theories behind what it actually all means. The film over the years grew a cult following, and I am one of those followers. I am going to explain my thoughts and review the movie in this article

Donnie Darko was released in 2001 and made about $7.5 Million at the box office. The film wasn’t really well known at the time it was released, but over the years it grew a cult following due to the very original and strange feel to it.

The movie is about a high school kid by the name of Donald “Donnie” Darko played by Jake Gyllenhaal, who is diagnosed with schizophrenia and needs to take medication and speak to a therapist. Donnie one late night, wakes up and sleep walks out of his home to find a man in a bunny costume who tells him he has 28 days until the world ends. Donnie finds out the next day that a jet engine fell into his room and no one knows where it came from. Donnie starts to look into time travel and it’s up to him to find out the truth.

I first watched this film 2 years ago and it became my all time favorite movie. The actor, Jake Gyllenhaal, is my favorite actor as well. In this movie, he pulls off the slightly insane and unstable teenage boy very well. You can tell he really got into the role.

The other actors in the movie such as Maggie Gyllenhaal, who is Jake Gyllenhaal’s real sister, plays Donnie Darko’s sister in this movie which makes the chemistry between them feel very real. 

Jena Malone, who plays Donnie’s girlfriend, also is very good in the film and they wrote her character just right to make you understand why she likes Donnie Darko as a person so much.

There is much more examples to talk about with the acting, but I would like to get into the story. The story is very well paced and honestly, you don’t really know what is going on in a lot of parts in the film, but that is what makes it so good. It makes you think a ton and wonder what it all means. It makes you more engaged so you’ll want to know the truth behind everything in the end.

You’ll eventually get very attached to the characters and story the deeper you look into it while you watch it.

The soundtrack in the movie is very fitting and gives off that very atmospheric and monotone feel to it. The directors cut, I have to say, is very unfitting with the music and it just does not fit with the scenes. But the normal cut is very good with the soundtrack.

This movie’s take on time travel feels very realistic because the character has a disease which makes what he sees in the movie somewhat understandable. In the end, you don’t really fully know how exactly Donnie came across the Rabbit named Frank and how Frank himself found out about time travel. This makes the viewer really think.

Overall, I personally really love this movie and believe it is very underrated, even with the cult following with it. It keeps you on edge and it makes you feel somewhat sad in a good way in the end when it’s over. Because you didn’t want it to end, because of all of the great characters and unexplained moments.

I’d give Donnie Darko a solid 10/10.

‘Hellboy’ 2019 reboot review

The new Hellboy film was released on April 12th of this year, and made only $40.8 million at the box office. There has been a lot of hate towards the reboot and I’m going to give my personal thoughts on the pros and cons of the movie.

Hellboy tells a story of a half-demon who works with a organization to stop demons and other creatures around the world. When Niue, the Blood Queen (Milla Jovovich), is resurrected, and out to get revenge on her past betrayal, and has intentions to reek havoc on the world, it is up to Hellboy (David Harbour) and his known associates to put a stop to her before all hell breaks loose.

This movie seems to have a tough time making the pacing right. The film instantly starts off with narration and it seems as if they quickly rushed in the backstory for the antagonist just so they could get right into the Hellboy action.

Which brings me to the character Hellboy. Hellboy as a character is introduced somewhat quickly, they get right into the action when they show him. David Harbour is a great actor and portrayed the character really well in the new adaptation, he kind of is one of the very few things that keeps the movie going with his sarcastic and lazy attitude.

One downside I’d have to say is that he seems very weak as a fighter in scenes, which often in other movies adds more intensity, but he nearly dies by many different enemies in the movie and it kind of makes you disappointed in him.

It seems as if the movie tries adding a lot of side stories as well that never go anywhere. For example, Hellboy at one point joins his father’s old team to stop a group of giants. Out of the blue, they decide to betray Hellboy and attempt to kill him, but they all get killed off pretty much right away. The movie does this often, they’ll add many useless side stories that aren’t asssential to the plot, and they never go anywhere interesting.

The film action wise is honestly pretty enjoyable; it is filled with nonstop action and isn’t afraid to get bloody. The movie alone is very gory and I think they used a bit too much at times, and it doesn’t really get you to take scenes seriously. But once it comes to the action, it will often go on for a good 10 to 15 minutes and it’ll keep you entertained.

The visuals aren’t bad, but there are certain scenes where the CGI will look embarrassingly noticeable and you can tell they just threw it together quickly. But other than that, the visuals can often be pretty decent, they aren’t Planet of the Apes  good, but it’s normal enough most of the time, where it doesn’t really bother you.

As I said earlier, the acting in the film is good, but the characters alone, besides Hellboy, aren’t that interesting. It seems as if they just made these characters and gave them a backstory and some powers and that’s about it. They don’t really give them enough personality, they’re just people who stick by Hellboy’s side most of the movie. Also, Hellboy’s father in the original Guillermo Del Toro series is more of an interesting and developed character, but in this one, he’s just in this movie for the sake of him being in it and isn’t really important to the plot.

Which brings me to comparing this film to Guillermo Del Toro’s adaptation. This film had a director switch which really changed the whole Hellboy feel. The original one had a memorable style and color scheme to it; it felt like it was hardly worked on and it had an unsettling feel to it. This one is very lackluster compared to that and just feels like a gory, action packed comic bookish styled movie made solely for teens.

Now let’s talk about the soundtrack. The soundtrack is pretty fitting with the film’s style, it has heavy metal and early 2000’s remixes. Sometimes though, the music seems somewhat unneeded or it just doesn’t fit with the scene.

Overall, this movie is quite a mess. But it if you enjoy action packed and brutal movies and come just to see some action and don’t care about the plot, then this is your kind of movie. I myself think it is very enjoyable and action packed but story wise, it’s a mess and the writing is pretty awful.

I’d give this movie’s action a solid 7/10 and the story a 2/10.

Spider-Man has left the MCU

The Web-Head is out of the Marvel Universe

Ah, Spiderman. He first became a hit in the public eye in the 2002 movie Spider-Man, starring Toby Maguire, and the movie was so popular it got two sequels, in 2004 and 2007 respectively.

The franchise has been rebooted twice in the 2010s, first with The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012, and it’s sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man, in 2014, both of which starred Andrew Garfield.

In 2016, the web-head returned as Tom Holland in the movie Captain America: Civil War. A year later, he got his own movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming. The following year in 2018, he was in the movie Avengers: Infinity War.

Another version of Spider-Man came out that year in an animated movie produced by Sony Pictures called Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which featured all sorts of different Spider-People from his iterations in the comics.

Earlier this year, the Tom Holland Spider-Man appeared in both Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Last month, Sony Pictures, the studio that has the film rights to the Spider-Man movie franchise, declared that they were no longer allowing Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Since 2016, Sony had let the Tom Holland Spider-Man appear in five movies of the MCU, appearing alongside other characters owned by Disney, such as Iron Man and Captain America. But now that he’s gone, how will the MCU go on without him, and what does Sony plan to do with the Tom Holland character?

In my opinion, this is a good time for this to happen, if there ever is a good time for a beloved character to leave a film franchise. Sony Pictures has proved themselves more than capable of creating a wonderful Spider-Man movie, with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse being the perfect example.

I believe that the Tom Holland Spider-Man movies can continue without the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His first stand alone movie really only featured two characters from other MCU movies: Happy and Iron Man. His next movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home, featured Happy, Nick Fury, and a few other various members of S.H.I.E.L.D. (that turned out to be Skrulls in disguise).

Since Iron Man is dead, I believe the Tom Holland Spider-Man movies could continue very easily by simply removing them from the story. The Skrulls on Earth could become a plot in another MCU movie (Dr. Strange, perhaps?), and Happy could simply dump Aunt May offscreen to get him out of the plot.

Done correctly, this could easily tie up any plot threads to separate the Spider-Man universe and MCU. I even believe it would make narrative sense, seeing as how Tom Holland’s Spider-Man has grown to fight for himself over the course of his movies, and I think that removing any other Avengers, or even Nick Fury, from his story would make it a more interesting and personal story.

Is there any chance of Sony actually doing this and continuing the Tom Holland Spider-Man story? Probably not, but a boy can dream.

One of the problems that people often bring up with the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that the focus of a broader world makes the audience more interested in how the story will play out in the long run rather than how good the film actually was. For an example of this, Black Panther, another MCU film, had almost no other characters from the MCU except in the end credits scene. Black Panther was an insanely popular movie, making $1.3 Billion dollars and currently has a 92% liked it score on Metacritic.

Heck, the movie is so popular there is a poster of it in the classroom in which I am writing this article. Black Panther did well because it could stand by itself without being associated with any of the other Marvel movies, meaning that people who had never seen a MCU film in their life could enjoy it without always asking what was going on. That was my experience with the movie, and it reignited my interest in superhero movies again, causing me to watch Avengers: Infinity War and eventually bringing me in with the Avengers: Endgame hype.

The way I see it, Spider-Man leaving the MCU will be Marvel’s great test. Many people felt the MCU reached a natural conclusion with Avengers: Endgame, and many people decided that they were done with the MCU films.

Spider-Man was a huge property for Sony when he was in the MCU, and him leaving alongside all of the characters that died in Avengers: Endgame, like Iron Man and Black Widow, is going to put a huge strain on the fan base.

If Marvel keeps trying to interconnect their properties in an elaborate web of interconnected properties, new fans will be hard to find and current fans will eventually get bored. However, if they start to be more creative with the stories they can tell with just one superhero and his sidekicks, like they did with Black Panther, then people might still be interested even if the studio took a hit.

Detective Pikachu review

Detective Pikachu was released May 10th, and oh boy was it a mess. A fun mess, but still a mess. Beware of light spoilers if you haven’t seen the movie yet.

Let’s talk about the first scene. It was very sloppy. Our main character, Tim, is walking through the woods with his friend when they run into a Cubone. Tim gets upset that he’s friend set this up so Tim could catch it, and finally get a Pokemon partner. It was like they wrote the movie but then went “Oh shoot, we have to address that Tim doesn’t want a partner,” and sloppily threw it in. They immediately transition to Tim getting an awkwardly written and preformed phone call telling him that his dad was in an accident and. . . dead.

Tim goes to Ryme City. This is where his dad was stationed as a police officer, and in this city, catching Pokemon and battling them is a thing of the past. Here, Pokemon and humans are friends, much like dogs and humans in our world. The whole city design is well done, and really beautiful. The neon colors and tall glass buildings are amazing visuals.

Tim goes to his dad’s apartment, and eventually runs into Pikachu, played by Ryan Reynolds. Pikachu’s character is. . . tricky. Before this moment, it was pretty obvious that this was a kid’s movie, but with the introduction of Reynold’s character, the line between kid’s and teen movie becomes extremely blurred.

One big problem is that Ryan Reynold’s starred in the 2016 film Deadpool. Deadpool is rated R, but yet Deadpool’s character, and Pikachu’s, is very similar. A lot of the jokes in the first half hour of the film are adult. Adult jokes in kid movies are nothing new, and are totally fine, and can add charm to your film, but it does not work for Detective Pikachu. It leaves so much to be desired. The movie steps so close to the edge of PG-13 territory that it leaves you wondering why they just didn’t take it.

When you realize this, it makes you realize another problem this film has. Why is it for kids? I went opening weekend to this movie, and saw maybe only five kids. The Pokemon franchise is for kids obviously, but this movie was mostly appealing to adults and teens who played the games growing up. It seems the writers knew this too, since there were so many jokes aimed at adults. The movie just seems so empty, and pulling towards something it wanted to do but couldn’t.

After you meet Pikachu, you get introduced to the next character. I honestly forgot her name, she was so forgettable, but after a quick Google search, I found out her name was Lucy. She was written as a fun sidekick/love interest, and that’s it, despite the fact that she solved most of the mystery. She is still written off as a sidekick just because Tim got to fight the big bad super villain at the end. It was a pretty disgusting treatment of a character, and even though I did not find her very appealing, she deserved so much better.

Speaking of the film’s mystery, it was terrible. You could see almost all the twists and turns from a mile away, and the ones you couldn’t where just so bad that you didn’t expect the movie to take that turn.

Okay, I’ve gotten most of the negative out of the way. One last positive thing about this film is the Pokemon designs were phenomenally done. They adapted each and every one that appeared in this movie very well.

I gave this movie a 4/10. I think it’s a fun movie, but once the first hour is done, it becomes very tiring to sit through.

The hidden genius of ‘The Eric Andre Show’

Image via screenrant.com

The Eric Andre Show is a satirical comedy following a talk show host known as Eric Andre. It is a high energy parody of most, if not all, late night television shows such as Jimmy Kimmel, James Corbin, Jimmy Fallon, Conan, Trevor Noah, you get the idea.

On the surface, most episodes consist of Eric “““Interviewing””” any celebrity he can find, and by interviewing, I mean the Eric Andre interpretation of what an interview is. Basically his main purpose seems to be as to make the guest as comedically uncomfortable as possible. Many guests such as Jack Black, to Jimmy Fallon to even Wiz Khalifa, suffer the consequences of going on a show where a bad Hulk impersonator would try and start a fight with the guest, as the host sits back and pretends to burn his mouth on a hot pocket.

But you may be thinking to yourself, “What sets this apart from other shows were they mess with, and prank celebrities?” I think I have the answer as to what makes this show so special, and what caused this show to go on for four individual seasons, and still get raving reviews from critics and fans alike.

Screen cap of a “cold opening monologue” segment in the show with Eric’s co host Hannibal Buress via tvguide.com

I believe that one of the things that makes The Eric Andre Show unique, is how Eric purely dissects the comedic process. Many times throughout the show, you’ll notice that Eric makes a mockery of typical tropes that are supposed to be sincerely funny in other shows. A good example of this, is his satirical bit he does at the beginning of every episode, in which Eric gives an opening typical comedic monologue to the likes of the everyday late night talk show host, except for the twist of it getting derailed. He intentionally screws up punchlines, and tells all around poor taste jokes so that his co-host Hannibal Buress can just call him out, or he has an an outrageous visual gag (such as an attempted assassination, or a Scientologist take over) derail his efforts to preform stand up comedy. I think because of how we are conditioned to just see all jokes be well… jokes, that have a traditional setup, then punchline, I think that immense diversion from the normal comic setup is what makes Eric Andre unique.

So, along with this, it seems as Eric possesses a complete, and utter disregard for how comedy is handled in the mainstream industry, as instead of doing a sketch, or a comedic bit for the sake of his audience, he pulls ridiculous stunts and gags, just for what seems like his own enjoyment.

Sometimes, Eric will just bring his insanity out into the streets of New York City, where he does quite literally anything to get a reaction out of people, which surprisingly shows his range as a comedian, as they will ABSOLUTELY NOT stop filming until he does all he can to disorient the people around him.

A really good example of this is from season four, episode five, in which Eric just starts off by going to a car repair shop, and asking the owners how much it would cost to fit a busted up part of his vehicle. While they are explaining this to him, he just starts destroying the car with a crowbar, asking how much it would cost to repair now, with each additional strike he takes to it. And he just keeps going until he gathers a big enough crowd to further the joke, by instead of attempting a payoff to the end of it, he just flips the entire thing, and furthers it into even more insanity, and he strangely acts like he had no idea that this was even happening, and pretends to desperately call for help as “some rough teenagers” destroyed his car.

But even after that he decides to further it EVEN MORE, by asking people why they aren’t helping him with the whole situation, inferring that they’re weirdly prejudiced against him as he says “Hey, I’m a car too ya know!” and just starts drinking gasoline directly from the tank in awe of the enormous crowd he had already gathered. (You can view the clip here).

Now, it may not be for everyone, but you have to appropriate his immense effort, and complete disregard for his surroundings, and for the social embarrassment he gains in his intense commitment to the joke here.

Image via common sense media

One last note here before I send off and finish this article, to rewatch clips of this show ad infinitum on Youtube, as I drift off to sleep tonight; it’s just that this show has a very different energy from what you’d just think at first glance. At first glance, it seems like Eric has essentially gone insane, and had gotten a camera crew to film his raving lunacy. But there’s something weirdly controlled about this insanity. As I’ve mentioned, Eric has this co-host, who is comedian Hannibal Buress, who is somewhat of the really-not-really voice of reason throughout the show. As in, while retaining the same spontaneous humor as Eric, Hannibal has a more “chill” or “subtle” energy to him, as sort of a counter contrast to Eric Andre’s constant energetic actions.

He is the polar opposite, yet ties the entire show together. This is shown in its purest form by one scene, and one scene alone, which was during the time when Eric was giving one of his “interviews” to an unsuspecting guest, Lauren Conrad, and at a specifically, lets just say “tense” moment, when Eric was pretty much making the poor woman feel like she’s going insane, she looks to her side to find any sanity in the one other guy in the room, just to see Hannibal, standing there, completely unphased by the entire situation, and world around him, just chomping at an entire head of lettuce while standing up. Lauren looks to Hannibal, and all he says in his most dazed fashion is “Man you gotta eat the lettuce… it’s like straight up… it’s lettuce.”

And moments like that, to me at least, make the entire show. You might not think it’s funny, you might think it’s too vulgar, or shocking, and you might even consider it the lowest of the low brow, but you’ve gotta admit, it has something special to it that no other show can emulate. And I think that’s what more media these days need.

Upcoming movies

With Avengers: Endgame being released, a lot of other movies have been overshadowed. The movie made two billion worldwide, and is the second highest grossing movie, just behind Avatar. If you’ve already seen Endgame (or are just not interested in it), but still want to look forward to seeing a movie, then think about checking out these five upcoming films.

1. Detective Pikachu – May 10th 

This movie is coming out May 10th, and is the first live-action Pokémon movie. A lot of people are excited to see how their favorite Pokémon fair in real life. Detective Pikachu’s storyline involves a Pikachu, played by Ryan Reynolds, only the main character, played by Justice Smith, can hear talk. It’s a mystery movie that promise’s to entertain you from beginning to end.

2. Brightburn – May 24th

Brightburn is introducing a new genre to films: superhero horror. It is about a boy who crash lands on Earth with superpowers. But instead of being like, say, Superman, who helps the world, he becomes a villain. He uses his powers for bad. Brightburn is directed by James Gunn, who has done excellent work on Guardians of the Galaxy, and will hopefully give the same heart to this movie which looks like a good spring horror film.

3. John Wick Chapter 3 – May 17th

This is the third installment of the John Wick films, and promises to delight the viewers of the first two. The John Wick films were received well, and if you’ve seen the first two then this one will most likely delight you. If you haven’t seen the first two films then it’s not too late to catch up, and go see the third when it comes out.

4. Godzilla: King of the Monsters – May 31st

Godzilla is a movie franchise dating back to 1954 in Japan. With this new movie however, Godzilla is not the only monster. The movie’s plot is just a big monster battle. If monsters aren’t your thing then maybe consider that Millie Bobby Brown, a fan favorite who played Eleven in Stranger Things, stars in this May release.

5. Spider-Man: Far From Home – July 2nd 

Be careful before watching the trailer to this movie if you have yet to see Endgame, it contains a spoiler! Far From Home is the sequel to Homecoming, the Spider-Man movie starring Tom Holland as the title character that released in July of 2017. These Spider-Man films feature a high school Peter Parker. The film’s plot features Spider-Man going up against Nick Fury in Europe. The previous Spider-Man movie was well received as this one is sure to be too.

Avengers Endgame

Avengers Endgame was released on April 22, 2019. The movie is three hours and 2 minutes long. It is rated PG-13.

*Warning – Some spoilers ahead*

After the devastating loss against Thanos, in Infinity War, the universe has come to ruin. With the help of the remaining Avengers: Black Widow, Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Clint, Nebula, and Ant-Man, they assemble one last time to undo what Thanos has done.

The movie starts off with Clint’s family disappearing, along with half on the universe missing also. Nebula and Stark are stranded in space with little oxygen left, but they are returned to earth by Captain Marvel. Reunited with the rest of the Avengers, the team comes up with a plan to steal the stones back from Thanos, but upon finding him they realized that he has destroyed the stones.

Five years later, the Avengers are still in a bad place with still half of the universe disappearing on them. Later, when Ant-man escapes from the quantum realm, he had an idea to go back in time to undo what Thanos had created. With everyone on board with the plan, they decide to go back in time.

In the end, they successfully defeated Thanos, and bring back all the people they have lost, but they have also lost people that were important in the war.

Video taken from: https://bgr.com/2019/04/30/avengers-endgame-ending-russo-brothers-on-captain-america-iron-man/

Into the Woods

By: Vivian S

Into the Woods, presented by Highland Theater, is a musical, where dozens of fairy tale characters, you may or may not recognize, appear. Directed by Nancy Michael, many people participated in the making and success of the play. The play was split into two acts, with an intermission between them.

The basic plot of the play is that a baker (Logan Staeheli) and his wife (Leah Terry) can’t have children because a witch (Sidra Michael) cursed their family, so they have to collect ingredients for a spell for the witch. Their paths end up crossing with Red Riding Hood (Leah Morley), Cinderella (Clare Brownlee), and Jack (Soren Chirhart).

Some of my favorite moments included a song featuring the two princes (Thomas Madison and Soren Eversoll) called “Agony”, in which they are fighting over who has it worse. Another moment that had the entire theater rolling in their seats with laughter is when Rapunzel (Amelia Stensrud) drops one of the children. This might have been a mistake but it was hilarious.

Outside the theatre there was a board with pictures of the actors on it where you could leave praise and encouragement. I found that a very nice touch.

The play also gave special acknowledgement to the seniors participating, as for many, this may be the final play here they participate in. In the guide, they had small bios for all the seniors.

Let us also not forget the amazing job that the pit orchestra did during the play. The music added an amazing atmosphere to the play.

I found the props also rather enjoyable and impressive. The crew did a good job in wheeling out trees and Rapunzel’s tower.

That is not to say the play was perfect. I was sitting near the back, and I couldn’t hear half the words, which was unfortunate. I have never seen Into the Woods before, so I did not know the plot or, well, anything. That is why, when the play stopped for an intermission, I genuinely thought the play was over and almost left until a person I was sitting by told me it was an intermission.

Overall though, it was enjoyable and there was obviously a lot of work put into it.

Top 5 movies to watch this spring

Looking for movies to watch this spring? Here are a few ideas:

  1. Jump InJump In is a movie about a about a young boy name Izzy Daniels, played by Corbin Bleu, pressured by his dad to be a boxer, but when a memeber of a skipping team drops out, he find a passion for this new sport. He starts to question himself if boxing is what he really wants.
  2. The Breakfast Club is about five students, from different worlds, that  have to endure a Saturday detention with their powerful principal. Each of them has a chance to tell their stories and to get know each other, and by the end of the day, they have to decide if high school will ever be the same.
  3. Clueless is about Cher, played by Alicia Silverstone, who is a shallow, rich girl that goes to Beverly Hills High School. When she can’t get a teacher to give her a better grade, she matches him up with another teacher to make him happier, so she can earn a better grade.
  4. Midnight Sun is a romantic movie about a girl name Katie Price, played by Bella Throne, who has been stuck inside her home since childhood with a rare genetic condition; a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight. Her dreams come through when she is asked out by her longtime crush, but as their relationship grows, Katie’s risk to sunlight grows and she’s presented with the issue of if she can ever live a normal life with her newfound soul mate.
  5. Adventure in Babysitting is about a high schooler, Chris who decided to babysit one time after plans with her boyfriend failed. While babysitting, her friend calls to pick her up in the city. Things take a wrong turn when her car ends up being stolen, and now they are without a car in the city, so they find a way to get home before the clock strikes at midnight.

To see a trailer for each movie, please visit:

Jump In: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=amkyXmk-X5o

The Breakfast Club: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KTNZy8Yxw3I

Clueless: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RS0KyTZ3Ie4

Midnight Sun: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Sfczmh_M_2M

Adventures in Babysitting: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=c4jkjMhFC9g

Stranger Things 3 – The trailer is out!

The Stranger Things 3 trailer was released by Netflix on March 20, 2019, and it is absolutely full of new clues about the third installment of the beloved Netflix original. From audio clips, to briefly flashed images, fans of the show are beginning to piece together exciting details about season three. Today, I’ll cover some of the details that give us an idea of season three’s plot.

If you haven’t seen Stranger Things, you may want to now. Even with only 2 seasons (17 episodes total) since July 15, of 2016, when it first aired, Stranger Things is still incredibly popular. According to Nielsen – a rating service well known for its accuracy – 15.8 million people watched the first episode of Stranger Things 2 within the first three days.

To give a very brief summary, the show follows the story of friends Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and Will as they encounter strange mysteries in their small hometown of Hawkins, Indiana. Along the way, they meet Eleven – a girl with supernatural abilities and the number 11 tattooed on her wrist.

From the opening scene of the trailer, we can tell when the third season will take place. Dustin has returned from summer camp, as we can see he is wearing his camp uniform and is talking about how he is finally home.

We can also assume that Nancy and Jonathan are attempting to spread the word about what is really happening in Hawkins. In season two, they were working with the reporter Murray Bauman to expose the Hawkins Laboratory. In the trailer, Nancy and Jonathan are shown in the waiting area of The Hawkins Post, presumably about to talk with a reporter.

Finally, many fans have speculated that the main source of evil in this season may use, or be related to, mind control. The opening scene where Eleven is controlling Dustin’s toys could be hinting at this.

Throughout the trailer, we also see many people with blank looks on their faces, and Steve Harrington seems to have an infection on his arm that closely resembles the typical texture of the upside down. Shortly after that, we see someone in a hospital transform into a new kind of monster while Jonathan watches in horror.

Water and electricity may play a role in the controlling of the people of Hawkins, as both are common themes in the trailer.

Whatever happens, Stranger Things 3 is sure to be a great addition to the series.