Stranger Things producer on why the show's a cultural phenomenon
"To be right in the sweet spot of talked about culture...I've spent a lot of time trying to figure out why and it's hard to unpack that."
If you've never seen Netflix's series "Stranger Things" you should know that it's creepy. Really creepy.
Set in a small town in Indiana during the 1980s, the show focuses on different characters as they slowly come to the realization that something deeply disturbing is going on in the town following the disappearance of a local boy. It's got mystery, horror, blood, guts, twists and turns and good old 1980s nostalgia. And it's resonated with audiences, becoming a full fledged cultural phenomenon.
"To be right in the sweet spot of talked about culture, that is, even for me, you know having made 11 movies, I haven't experienced this before," said Shawn Levy, executive producer and director on Stranger Things. "I've spent a lot of time trying to figure out why and it's hard to unpack that."
Stranger Things was created by twin brothers, Matt and Ross Duffer, who brought the project to producer Shawn Levy. He's the guy behind the family films like the "Night at the Museum" franchise, "Reel Steel" and "Cheaper by the Dozen."
But when pressed, Levy thinks it's the tone of the time in the 1980s that audiences connect with.
"The world felt safer. The world, and it breaks my heart to say this, but the world was safer. And I know that a lot of us yearn for the relative innocence of that," he explained to Take Two's Alex Cohen. "And I do think that the show transports us back to a cultural and global climate that was fundamentally more comforting. It was fundamentally less scary."
To hear the entire conversation with Levy click on the audio embedded at the top of this post.