Stranger Things Writers Reveal 5 Movies That Connect to Season 4 in "Some Way or Another"

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Netflix

It was finally confirmed last month that Netflix's Stranger Things would be returning for a fourth season. While highly anticipated, the announcement didn’t give fans much to go on, however.

With fans clamoring for more, GamesRadar reports that the show's writers took to Twitter to satisfy our hunger for clues. On the Stranger Writers account, they announced that they'd be launching "Video Store Fridays," in which they'll reveal five new movies each week that "relate in some way or another to season four."

The writers then posted the first five films, as seen above, and they are as random as you’d expect them to be.

As GamesRadar points out, The Fisher King (1991) and Ordinary People (1980) deal with characters navigating big-city life after dealing with traumatic events, which could speak to the Byers and Eleven living in a new place after losing Hopper. The Peanut Butter Solution is a fantasy horror that involves the abuse of children, much like elements of Stranger Things, particularly Eleven’s early treatment. Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey is definitely reminiscent of the fantasy-meets-the-'80s vibe that's a hallmark of the series.

Lastly, You’ve Got Mail, the classic romantic comedy starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, seems like the most peculiar title on the list. In the film, the two characters fall in love by chatting online, which could possibly be a nod to Hopper still being alive and sending messages to Joyce through lights from the Upside Down, much like Will did in the first season. Too much of a stretch?

I guess fans will have to keep their eyes glued to Twitter to see if any more of these hints start to make more sense!

How Much Are You Spending on Streaming Services? This Handy Calculator Can Tell You

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LightFieldStudios/iStock via Getty Images

With the recent debut of both Disney+ and Apple TV+, not to mention upcoming launches for HBO Max, NBC’s Peacock, and more, streaming services are officially coming for cable television’s throne—and might sneakily empty your bank account while they're at it.

While a monthly fee of $10 to $15 seems easy enough to justify if you’re willing to sacrifice a burrito bowl or fancy cocktail once a month, the little voice in the back of your head is probably whispering, “but it still adds up.” To find out just how much, MarketWatch created a calculator that will not only tell you how much you’re spending on streaming services every month; it’ll also add up the lifetime cost of all those entertainment expenses.

The calculator covers Netflix, CBS All Access, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Sling TV, Disney+, Apple TV+, and YouTube TV, and it also includes a whole host of add-ons that you might not even have realized were available. Through Amazon Prime, for example, you can subscribe to HBO, Showtime, and other premium channels—but there are also more niche options like Hallmark Movies Now and NickHits (with iCarly, The Fairly OddParents, and other Nickelodeon classics).

As you check off services and add-ons, you’ll see your monthly bill on the right side of the total box, and the lifetime cost—which accounts for 50 years of streaming, adjusted for inflation—will balloon before your eyes on the left side. Below that, there’s an even larger number labeled as the lifetime “true” cost, which estimates how much you would’ve made if you had invested that money instead.

For example: If you sign up for basic monthly subscriptions to Netflix and Disney+ for $9 and $7, respectively, your lifetime cost totals around $16,200. However, if you had opted to invest that money, the 50-year prediction sees you walking away with almost $74,000.

Having said that, it’s understandably hard to look that far into the future, especially when Disney+ is tempting you with the Lizzie McGuire series, Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian, and practically every beloved animated Disney movie from your childhood.

[h/t MarketWatch]

Hallmark Released Some Adorable Harry Potter Ornaments—Just In Time for Christmas

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Amazon

Even if you never received your letter of acceptance to Hogwarts on your 11th birthday, you can still add some magic to your Christmas tree this year with some Harry Potter Christmas ornaments from Hallmark. These pieces have more of a minimalist style than Hallmark's other Potter releases, which are modeled to look identical to the characters' movie counterparts. But with that simplicity comes a unique charm that is sure to be popular with Potterheads.

Shoppers can look for seven different ornaments, which include Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger in mid-flight, as well as Hedwig, the Sorting Hat, Dobby, and the Hogwarts Crest. Each one comes with a hanger, so is ready to be put on your Christmas tree as soon as its out of the packaging. You can find each one for $9 on Amazon—though be forewarned that Harry is currently out of stock (but you can find an equally adorable replacement Potter for $8).

If you can’t get enough wizarding gifts this holiday season, then check out our Harry Potter gift guide, which includes everything from magical cookbooks to chess sets.

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