Donald: There are direct homages to a number of films and novels of the period, from Stephen King’s Firestarter (1980) and It (1986), to Steven Spielberg productions like Poltergeist (1982), The Goonies (1985) and E.T. One antiquated definition, used in the 18 th and 19 th century, refers to ‘things which are popularly imagined to forebode the coming of an unexpected visitor’ (OED). Matthew Gray Gubler and Richard Bates Jr. have previously worked together on Excision (2012) . Written and directed by the Duffer Brothers (twins born in 1984), Stranger Things is a celebration of popular horror and science-fiction narratives of the 1970s-1980s. While Bates’s recent follow-up Suburban Gothic perhaps isn’t quite as impressive, it’s certainly a step above the vast majority of horror films around today. They are Matthew Gray Gubler's initials (MGG). As Raymond kisses Becca in the final scene, the monogram initials visible on his shirt cuff are not Raymond's. Here, a psychopath resides, waiting for his first victim. Enter your email address to follow RhysTranter.com and receive notifications of new posts by email. This kind of uncanny doubling between the cultural anxieties of the late ’70s and ’80s, and the cultural and political landscape of 21st century America, feeds into the show’s mass appeal. Change ). Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The popularity of Stranger Things owes something to what Suburban Gothic does best: it articulates the cultural anxieties that lurk beneath the surface. Richard Bates Jr.'s second film, Suburban Gothic, is a bit rough around the edges at times, but none of that gets in the way of the high energy and generous laughs packed into a … His fear responses (screaming, running and hiding) and his quick-witted responses to insults had me laughing out loud. Suburban Gothic. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. It is able to show us, through fantasy, what we do not always have the words to describe ourselves. "I wanted to combine two different issues; namely, art and life, art and being." Next time you interrupt your mother sucking my dick, there's going to be hell to pay. Suburban Gothic during this period also explores, in various ways, the legacies of Vietnam and American violence committed abroad. What the hit Netflix show can tell us about our fascination with ’80s nostalgia and American suburban gothic The word ‘stranger’ can suggest many things. Most haunted houses are of the gothic kind, or in the case of Paranormal Activity, smartly suburban. | 'Suburban Gothic' is currently available to rent, purchase, or stream via subscription on . Trailer: Brutal Black Comedy Tone-deaf Hits Theaters in August. Interested in knowing what the movie's about? City-boy Raymond returns to his hometown and finds a vengeful ghost is terrorizing his house. 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Jimmy Price is a reckless man-child on the last leg of his career as a... A 35-year-old woman fakes being pregnant to fit in with her friends. | The boy’s disappearance is made more enigmatic by puzzling electrical disturbances, mysterious child visitors, and secretive government agencies. [Read More]. | The film was released in select theaters and via video on demand platforms on January 30, 2015. “Suburban Gothic, a genre that utilises mystery and suspense to reveal a site of repressed violence and desire.”. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Want to watch 'Suburban Gothic' on your TV, phone, or tablet? (Several of the child cast members were born in the fall of 2002.) When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the... "This dead end town just got a lot deader.". — Arvo Pärt. Directed by Richard Bates Jr.. With Matthew Gray Gubler, Kat Dennings, Ray Wise, Barbara Niven. It alerts us to yet another definition of the word ‘stranger’, a process whereby something familiar is made strange or different, where something is altered to become surprising or unaccountable.