11 Reasons "Super 8" Is A Must-See For All "Stranger Things" Enthusiasts

11 Reasons "Super 8" Is A Must-See For All "Stranger Things" Enthusiasts

Perfect for the in-between-seasons funk.

October 27th, 2017.

If you are like me, this date is extremely important to you. Why? The new season of the Netflix Original Series "Stranger Things" is being released.

I've been feeling blessed by the Netflix gods since it's a Friday, so I can binge watch the entire season without feeling guilty about not doing any work. (Although let's be real... who actually feels badly when they do that?) I'm beyond pumped for this new season. Honestly, I'm not sure I can wait any longer! If you share my excitement and don't know if you can make it to October 27th, have no fear.

There is a movie that can help fill the void we all have for a great coming-of-age SciFi adventure. The title of this incredible movie? "Super 8."

The film premiered in 2011 and, despite it having huge names involved in the making, such as director J.J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg, it did not get the hype that I think it deserved. When "Stranger Things" came out on Netflix, I was ecstatic. The premise of the show mirrors that of the 2011 film, and since I watched "Stranger Things" to aid my "Super 8" withdrawal (I am high key obsessed with that movie - I saw it in the theater at least five times and have the movie poster up in my room), I think that "Super 8" could do the same for those needing a little somethin' somethin' in the days leading up to the new season of "Stranger Things."

So, without further ado, here are 11 (yes, I did add one extra after thinking of 10 simply to throw in a "Stranger Things" pun) reasons all "Stranger Things" fans should watch "Super 8."

1. The Film is Incredible

The first and most obvious reason? This movie is dope as hell. J. J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg are not household names for nothing, and "Super 8" is no exception to the amazing works they have produced. There is a great balance of action, comedy, tragedy, and a little bit of romance. It's pretty much anything anyone could want in a movie, so why wouldn't you watch it?? Okay, okay, so I am a little biased since I am admittedly obsessed. Don't believe me? Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie an 82% (this is 22% more than what the website has deemed "a good review", so that is a pretty great rating).

2. Plot

The plot of "Super 8" is extremely similar to that of "Stranger Things" but different enough that it isn't boring. While the Netflix show follows a group of somewhat dorky Dungeons-and-Dragons-playing middle schoolers (no hate on D and D) on an adventure, "Super 8" follows six film-making middle school nerds as they investigate some weird happenings in their small town. Sound familiar?

3. Time Period

A huge aspect of "Stranger Things" that turns people on to watching it is its early 80s time period. "Super 8" takes place in 1979, so it has the same vibe. Exciting, right?

4. Character Chemistry

Everyone who watched "Stranger Things" loves all the characters. The actors all do fantastic jobs of making Mike, Eleven, Will, Dustin, and Lucas super lovable and relatable. The characters in "Super 8" have that same coming-of-age, funny, relatable thing going for them that makes them just as lovable. The six friends in the movie are constantly ripping on each other and watching it gets you super invested, as you can tell the actors had a great time filming it together. That "Stranger Things" character chemistry is present in "Super 8."

5. Cinematography

A lot of the great film techniques used in the show are also used in the movie. For example, a lot of Eleven's past comes about in flashbacks. This same technique is used for the film's main character, Joe Lamb. Little details like this along with similar prop use (cue the retro bikes) brings about the same feeling while watching both medias.

6. Script

The way "Stranger Things" is written makes the show feel very real. Meaning, what characters may say sounds like things real-life humans would say, too. The genuineness in the script makes a very out of the ordinary situation feel real to the audience, and "Super 8's" script provides this same experience.

7. Aesthetic

Like a true millennial, I am obsessed with things being aesthetically pleasing. "Stranger Things" has a very cool aesthetic, with the retro costumes and props being tied together with the small town setting and the lighting throughout the scenes. "Super 8" has an aesthetic that mirrors this one, and that makes me very happy.

8. Acting

No one can talk about "Stranger Things" without addressing the incredible performances of Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers) and David Harbour (Jim Hopper). The two actors both do awesome jobs of portraying the distressed mother and the concerned cop. In "Super 8," another power-duo of Kyle Chandler (Jackson "Jack" Lamb) and Ron Eldard (Louis Dainard) make a huge impact on the film with their powerful portrayals as the parents of two of the children in the film. Every film or TV show is only as good as its worst actor, and both of these casts are phenomenal.

9. Soundtrack

In the Netflix Original, the songs "Should I Stay of Should I Go" by the Clash and other classics are featured to tie together the time period along with making the soundtrack fire. "Super 8" also has some slaps on its track such as "My Sharona" by the Knack. Both will leave your head bobbing to some sick jams.

10. Perfect for Fall

It's October, my dudes! That means that it is time to get a little spooky. Halloween is just around the corner, and we are all ready for some of those creepy "Upside-Down-Demogorgan" vibes. "Super 8" can provide those in a time where the leaves are changing but the episodes aren't (no matter how much I refresh Netflix, the new season doesn't just magically appear... rude).

11. Movie Time

Best part of "Super 8"? You get the satisfaction of watching "Stranger Things" without the investment. You don't have to spend an entire Saturday to get the pleasure of likable, relatable characters because it's a movie, not a series! It is perfect for this weird limbo between seasons, so what are you waiting for?

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Throughout "One Tree Hill," everyone has their favorites, but there is no character like Nathan Scott. Right from the start he makes his way into our hearts, but throughout the nine incredible seasons his character never disappoints. Here are a few of the times where #23 made our hearts stop.

1. "Pilot"

Well obviously, the first moment you see the tall, handsome man with dark features... you're hooked. Although this is Nathan's egotistical self, he's still pretty to look at.

2. "Are You There?"

It was only episode three where Nathan set the bar on pickup lines with his, "Don't say I never gave you anything," speech to Haley. He gave her a bracelet I'm sure only a five-year-old would wear regularly. But if it was a gift from him, I'd never take it off either.

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Love at first sight! Nathan Scott is shirtless. Need I say more? He's also kinda cute when he's embarrassed. (Don't worry. You are too, Lucas).

4. "The Search For Something More"

"You shouldn't have done that Nathan."

"I wanted to."

"Dare You to Move" blasts in the background as we see Naley in the making. Yes.

5. "I Shall Believe"

Nathan swallows his pride and visits his brother (whom he still hates at the time) at the hospital after his accident. He just happens to be there when Lucas opens his eyes for the first time.

6. "To Wish Impossible Things"

The boy-toy auction. I'm not OK.

7. "The Games That Play Us"

"But my heart says, 'Just forget about your pride, you idiot. You love this girl, and even if you're going to catch pneumonia, your ass is going to stand out here in the rain until you convince her to forgive you.'"

OK Nathan, be more perfect. I dare you.

8. "The Desperate Kingdoms Of Love"

I have no words. I'd marry him at 17, too.

9. "The Hero Dies In This One"

When our nightmare becomes reality and Haley leaves with Chris Keller to work on her music. Our hearts both grow and break for Nathan.

10. "Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows"

My heart.

11. "An Attempt To Tip The Scales"

Haley's back, Nathan's still mad. But, he does come to her rescue as just about the hottest Batman ever.

12. "How Resurrection Really Feels"

Nathan travels with Chris to win back Haley's demo that Chris lost in a poker game. Working with the person he hates most to get back the reason Haley left him in the first place... That's love.

13. "The Wind That Blew My Heart Away"

Nathan admits to Haley that he's been keeping track of her musical journey the whole time she was away because he was low-key proud of her. He deserves that rain kiss for being so perfect.

And in the same episode...

14. "With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept"

During the most devastating episode (in my opinion), Nathan runs back into the school to make sure Haley is safe from the shooter.

15. "Everyday Is A Sunday Evening"

"You got nothin', Scott!"

Not breathing.

16. "Everyday Is A Sunday Evening"

And just when we thought this episode couldn't get any better...

Yes, Nathan, you are sexy.

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We fall more in love with Nathan when he risks his own life on his wedding day to save crazy Rachel and his uncle, Cooper. So heroic. So amazing.

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Nathan gets a full ride to Duke University, his dream school, but later learns Haley is pregnant. He doesn't run off, in fact he says he couldn't be happier.

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Nathan finally makes it to the NBA with the Charlotte Bobcats and we all couldn't be more proud (and in love with him).

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After 'Extremely Wicked' And 'The Stranger Beside Me,' We Now Understand The Criminal Mind Of Ted Bundy

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Netflix recently released a movie in May called "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile" (2019), based on the life of Ted Bundy from his girlfriend's viewpoint.

In 1980, an author and former Seattle police officer, Ann Rule, published a book about her experience and personal, close friendship with Ted Bundy, called "The Stranger Beside Me."

These two sources together create an explosion of important information we either skim over or ignore about Ted Bundy. Watching this movie and reading this book can really open your eyes to who Ted Bundy really was. Yeah, there are the confession tapes on Netflix, too, but these other things can really tie it all into one big masterpiece of destruction.

I swear, it will blow your mind in different ways you never thought possible.

In the movie, "Extremely Wicked", Zac Efron stars as the infamous Ted Bundy, America's most notorious serial killer. He portrayed the murderer who kidnapped, killed, and raped 30 women or more. Personally, he made a great Ted Bundy, mannerisms and all. Lily Collins stars as Ted's girlfriend who was easily manipulated by Ted and believed that he was innocent for years.

The movie is told in the order that Liz, Ted's girlfriend, remembers.

In the book, "The Stranger Beside Me", Ann Rule writes about Ted Bundy, who used to be her old friend. They met while working at a crisis center in the state of Washington and were close ever since. Like Liz, Ann believed he was innocent and that he was incapable of these horrific crimes.

Ted Bundy had made both Liz and Ann fools. He easily manipulated and lied to both women about many things for years, his murders being "one" of them.

Okay, so we all know that Ted Bundy was absolutely guilty as hell and totally murdered those women. 30 women or more. He literally confessed to that, but researchers and authorities believe that number to be way higher.

But... you must know that the movie and the book tell two different stories that lead to the same ending. That's why it's so intriguing.

At one point, I couldn't stop watching the movie. Then, I bought Ann Rule's book and was completely attached to it. I couldn't put it down.

For me, Ted Bundy is interesting to me. Unlike most young girls today, I don't have a thing for him nor do I think he's cute or hot. I know that he used his charm and looks to lure women into his murderous trap. That's why it's so hard to understand why this movie and book created a new generation of women "falling in love" with Ted Bundy.

GROSS: He sodomized women with objects. He bludgeoned women with objects or his own hands. He was a necrophile. Look those up if you have not a clue of what they mean. That could change your mind about your own feelings for Ted Bundy.

After "Extremely Wicked" and "The Stranger Beside Me", I now understand the criminal mind of Ted Bundy. He was insane, but he was also smart, put together, educated, charming, and lots more. That's why I'm so interested in why his brain was the way it was.

The criminal mind is an interesting topic for me anyway, but for Ted Bundy, it was amazing to learn about.

I highly recommend both the movie and the book I quickly read in two weeks! If you want answers, they are there.

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