While others have been trying to get us to start thinking about Christmas since July, leave it to Stranger Things 2‘s two newest posters to remind everyone that there’s still some tricks to be pulled and treats to be earned before Jack Frost starts nipping at anything or the first chestnut gets roasted.
In honor of the holiday season, Netflix‘s Emmy-nominated sci-fi series continued its retro-classic genre movie promotion with a new Halloween-themed poster. This time, we’re given a glimpse of Jim Hopper (David Harbour) standing in the middle of a dark, creepy field of pumpkins in a scene that’s eerily reminiscent of the “nest” of alien eggs scene from James Cameron‘s Aliens. With his flashlight aimed at the ground but his attention directed elsewhere, the poster raises a ton of questions.
Check out the newest poster for yourself, released though the show’s Twitter account:
Trick or treat. pic.twitter.com/77LMRPzdex
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) October 1, 2017
The Halloween-themed poster is the latest in a series retro homage posters that have been revealed on the Stranger Things 2 Twitter account since the beginning of August as part of their “#StrangerThursday” advertising campaign. The promotional campaign began with a nod to Stand By Me and continued from there:
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) August 3, 2017
A Nightmare on Elm Street
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) August 10, 2017
The Running Man
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) August 17, 2017
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) August 24, 2017
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) August 31, 2017
The Evil Dead
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) September 7, 2017
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) September 14, 2017
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) September 21, 2017
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Will is not alone. pic.twitter.com/kp1YmEZgU1
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) September 22, 2017
Show creators Matt and Ross Duffer (The Duffer Brothers) approached Stranger Things‘ second season more from a film perspective rather than the usual television perspective. So you’ll notice that the title for the show this season is Stranger Things 2 and not Stranger Things, Season 2, and that was done on purpose as a way of feeding into viewer’s expectations that sequels should be bigger and more dangerous. As Matt Duffer explained:
“When we started describing it as a sequel, Netflix was like, ‘Don’t do that, because sequels are known to be bad.’ I was like, ‘Yes, but what about T2 and Aliens and Toy Story 2 and Godfather II?’”
Stranger Things 2: A year after Will’s return, everything seems back to normal… but a darkness lurks just beneath the surface, threatening all of Hawkins.
Stranger Things 2 is a production of 21 Laps Entertainment and stars Winona Ryder, Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Cara Buono, Matthew Modine, Schnapp, Joe Keery, Sadie Sink, Dacre Montgomery and Sean Astin.
Netflix’s hugely popular ’80s-set science-fiction series is set to return on Friday, October 27, 2017.