I watched Netflix's Stranger Things over the weekend and LOVED it. This E Online article lists some of the reasons without any big spoilers, but basically if you liked ET, the Goonies and Stand By Me, you will love it, too. Those references are all ones that will surely come to mind since the show is set in 1983 and follows a group of kids trying to solve a mystery. Another story that immediately came to my mind due to the subject matter was Dean Koontz' book, Watchers. Even though two movies were made from the book, neither did Koontz' story justice, so I would like to put in my request now for the Duffer Brothers to tackle that one.
The Duffer Brothers created, wrote, produced and directed Stranger Things. I didn't know anything about them so I looked them up and learned that they are twins, Matt and Ross Duffer, and that I've already seen some of their work since they have written some episodes of Wayward Pines. I was really excited to find out that they are from Durham, NC!
I really can't think of anything I didn't like about Stranger Things. Winona Ryder and David Harbour are perfection as the adult leads and the child actors are incredibly talented, as well. (I fell in love with Gaten Matarazzo's portrayal of Dustin.) From the sets and wardrobe to the cinematography, the 80's "look" of the series is authentic enough that it could easily pass for having been made during that time. (Since Matt and Ross Duffer weren't even born until 1984, this is even more impressive). The series is only 8 episodes long, which is the perfect length in which to tell the story, and it is broken into true chapters that make sense. Add this one to your Watch List! And if you like it as much as I did, let Netflix know they need to greenlight a second series stat -- before these incredible child actors grow up!