UPDATED ON JAN 22
The idea for my first faneidt attempt was to recut each season of Stranger Things into three full length films, like a horror franchise from the '80s.
I wanted to create three cohesive movies to watch alone as a recap of each season or for a first viewing without having to watch entire seasons.
Many scenes and subplots were removed and some major changes occurred in order to create an easy to follow and comprehensive story.
Runtime: 2 hours 49 minutes
-Less Wheeler family.
-No Eleven and Benny interaction and no investigation for Benny’s death.
-Less “bad men” searching for Eleven and the boys.
-Less school bullies.
-Less Hopper’s investigation of Hawkins Laboratory.
-No mentions and appearances of Will’s father.
-No Terry Ives subplot.
-Less Steve and Nancy romance.
STRANGER THINGS 2 V3
Runtime: 3 hours
-Eleven’s return right from the start.
-All scenes at the arcade have been removed, we jump right at Max’s arrival.
-Almost no Billy.
-Reduced Max and the boys trying to befriend her.
-Reduced Hopper investigating the crops.
-Reduced Will’s visions.
-Reduced Dr Sam Owens. Removed Will’s sessions and Hopper’s interaction with him.
-Less Joyce and Bod.
-No Halloween party.
-No Nancy and Steve conflict.
-Reduced Hopper underground.
-Reduced Dustin and Dart.
-Reduced Nancy and Jonathan at Murray’s house.
-Reduced Demodogs’ attack inside the lab.
-Shortened interrogation of Will in the shack.
-No Lost Sister subplot, only a glimpse of her in Terry Ive’s flashback-memories.
There was an idea to remove El’s visit to her mom as well to create a tighter and shorter film.
In that case I would had put together a new film titled “Stranger Tales: The Lost Sister” covering her screentime away from Hawkins, including Terry Ive’s story and the whole Lost Sister plot.
In case Kali returns in future seasons, I will revisit this idea.
STRANGER THINGS 3 V3
Runtime: 3 hours 1 minute
-Shortened Russian lab introduction.
-Removed Billy and miss Wheeler flirt.
-Removed Tom and the rest of Hawkins Post employees.
-Reduced Mayor Larry Kline.
-Reduced Heather’s plotline.
-Shortened Miss Driscoll subplot.
-Reduced Joyce research about the magnets and almost no Scott Clarke.
-Reduced El and Max at the mall.
-Reduced Dustin, Steve and Robin investigation.
-Less Dustin, Steve, Robin and Erica at the Russian lab.
-Way less teenage romance/drama.
-No Russian interrogation.
-No hospital fight.
-No Steve and Robin romance.
-Less Hopper and Joyce romance.
-Removed 4th of July festival.
-Removed Suzie and Dustin’s song.
-Removed post credit scene.
The reduction of Alexei’s scenes and the removal of the 4th of July festival lead to the removal of his death scene. In this cut Alexei serves only to inform Hoppeer, Joyce and Murray about the Russians’ plan and we last see him at Murray’s house.
All three cuts are now available through PM. Any kind of feedback would be much appreciated.