Nothing terrible ever happens at a carnival in scary movies, right? While we already know that a lot of action in the upcoming third season of ‘Stranger Things’ takes place at the Starcourt Mall, there’s a creaky slap-dash 4th of July carnival taking place, hosted by Hawkins’ Mayor Kline, played by ’80s-’90s great Cary Elwes. Elwes’ Mayor Kline hasn’t really been shown in the previous promo materials, and this one is kind of short, so Kline may not have that large a role, which might be great for him. Maybe we won’t end up getting eaten! (But elected civic officials ALWAYS get eaten! So… sorry Westley.)
This new clip is grainy on purpose, much like the Starcourt Mall trailer released last year, to look like it was taped off of TV by someone using a VHS recorder. And then that person watched it. A lot. But then, the commercial flickers in a few spots, hinting at the dark forces encroaching on Hawkins.
“So don’t be a Stranger. Things get started” when you check it out below:
this summer will be totally fun and not scary at all pic.twitter.com/jtLITiCDJJ
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) June 26, 2019
Elwes was immortalized in the classic 1987 fable ‘The Princess Bride’, and went on to star in the likes of ‘Glory’, ‘Days of Thunder’, ‘Hot Shots!’, and ‘Robin Hood: Men in Tights’, among many others. On ‘Stranger Things 3’, he will join Jake Busey, the son of ’80s icon/modern host mess Gary Busey. Their casting follows that of ‘The Goonies” Sean Astin who appeared in Season 2 as Joyce’s new boyfriend Bob (the Brain).
It’s 1985 in Hawkins, Indiana, and summer’s heating up. School’s out, there’s a brand new mall in town, and the Hawkins crew are on the cusp of adulthood. Romance blossoms and complicates the group’s dynamic, and they’ll have to figure out how to grow up without growing apart. Meanwhile, danger looms. When the town’s threatened by enemies old and new, Eleven and her friends are reminded that evil never ends; it evolves. Now they’ll have to band together to survive, and remember that friendship is always stronger than fear.
‘Stranger Things 3’ arrived on Netflix next week, on July 4th.