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Stranger Things - Film Edition

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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.
My initial goal was to keep the movies under 2 hours and 30 minutes -my personal ideal runtime- but obviously I failed.

STRANGER THINGS
Runtime: 2 hours 38 minutes

Changelist:

  • Less Wheeler family.
  • Less Eleven and Benny interaction and no investigation for Benny’s death.
  • Less “bad men” searching for Eleven.
  • Less Hopper’s invastigation of Hawkins Laboratory.
  • No mentions and appearances of Will’s father.
  • No Terry Ives subplot.
  • Less Steve and Nancy romance.

STRANGER THINGS 2
Runtime: 2 hours 35 minutes

Changelist:

  • No Eleven. Every scene with Eleven up to the point where she appears in Byers’ house was removed. The narration of the film suggests that she died during the events of the previous film with only some small hints of her return. I decided to do that in order to maintain a more cohesive story for a more satisfying runtime focusing solely on the Mind Flayer.
  • Eleven’s journey. After revealing herself in Byers’ house follows a brief flashback of her journey from her return from the Upside Down to her visit to her mother and her reattachment with her sister.
  • Less Max and the boys trying to befriend her.
  • Almost no Billy.
  • Less Joyce and Bod.
  • No Nancy and Steve conflict.
  • Less Dr. Sam Owens.
  • Less Dustin and Dart.
  • Less Nancy and Jonathan at Murray’s home.
  • Less intarigation of Will in the shack.
  • No flashbacks from Season 1.

STRANGER THINGS 3
Runtime: 2 hours 48 minutes

Changelist:

  • No Billy and miss Wheeler romance.
  • No Hawkins Post.
  • No miss Driscoll subplot.
  • Way less Mayor Larry Kline.
  • Less Nacny and Jonathan.
  • Less Joyce research about the magnets and less Scott Clarke.
  • Less Heather.
  • Less Dustin, Steve, Robin and Erica at the Russian lab.
  • No Russian interrogation.
  • No Steve and Robin romance.
  • Less Hopper and Joyce romance.
  • Less Murray and Alexei.
  • Νο Suzie and Dustin’s song.
  • No flashbacks from previous seasons.

The edits will soon be avaliable just by sending me a PM.
I would love any feedback and/or ideas on how to improve this progect.
Stay tuned!

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Stranger Things - Film 1 is out now available through PM.

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What a cool idea. I’m yet to buy the first season on bluray - when I do I’ll be sending you a PM you for Part 1 😃

Tighten Up and then turn it all the way up to 11!

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Have pm’ed you asking for links, really like the sound of this edit.

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Hello, that looks amazing. Can you please send Film 1 link for PM?

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No Eleven. Every scene with Eleven up to the point where she appears in Byers’ house was removed.

I mean it makes sense for runtime but at the same time you’re losing by far the best plotline. If anything, I’d rather have a movie just covering El’s story in Season 2.

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Anakin Starkiller said:

No Eleven. Every scene with Eleven up to the point where she appears in Byers’ house was removed.

I mean it makes sense for runtime but at the same time you’re losing by far the best plotline. If anything, I’d rather have a movie just covering El’s story in Season 2.

I hear you. I struggled a lot with this choise.
As I said,my main goal was the runtime and with her whole story the film was just too long.

I want to revisit the whole project sometime in the future (maybe after Season 4) and maybe then I will try to make a seperate film.

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I loved season 1 of Stranger Things, but the subsequent two seasons were a bit too bloated for me. Curious to see how movies 2 and 3 turn out. It would be interesting to do Movie 2.5 with the El storyline.

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Very cool. I had basically the same idea but of course did nothing with it. This was actually pretty common in the 80’s where series were cut down to feature film length to be released overseas in the cinema.

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Any idea when Movie two is going to be out please?

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ANNOUNCEMENT

I decided to revisit the whole project from the start, since I have not been happy with the final result for some time now. Many transitions between scenes were a bit rough and some plotlines may have not been quiet easy to follow.
Major adjustments accured on all three films for better pacing and a more immersive experience for first time viewers and fans alike. Naturally, this also made the movies a bit longer.

As soon as all three films are available for sharing I will post another announcement and update the original post with the new runtimes and changelists.

For now, I can share with you some of the changes I made for “Stranger Things 2”.
As some of you pointed, losing Eleven’s storyline may has not been the brightest choise. So, in this approach
I decided to include her whole arc insted of a flashback later on.
But this choice lead to a much longer final cut. So, in my current cut for “Stranger Things 2” I left out the whole Lost Sister plotline, since many viewers find it odd and hasn’t really anything to do with the overall story.

In order to justify some developments throught the movie, I made two new scenes.
The first one is a dream sequence at El’s mother’s house where she sees what happened back in Hawkins which leads to her return.
https://vimeo.com/411732825
(password: edit1)
The second one is an alterantion of Brenner’s voiceover while El is closing the Gate, replacing his footage from Kali’s illusion with scenes from Season 1 and including a brief appearance of El’s mother istead of Kali.
https://vimeo.com/411737234
(password: edit 2)

While I do believe that losing the Lost Sister plot makes a better movie, it surely creates a problem with El’s new punk look. I can only hope that Hopper’s comment about Aunt Becky giving her those clothes makes up for it.

Now, in case Kali returns in future seasons, I also made another cut with the whole Lost Sister plot in it.
In this cut, El travels to Illinois after finding out about her sister in her contact with her mother in Hopper’s cabin.
https://vimeo.com/411747304
(password: edit3)

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Anakin Starkiller said:

So what’s the runtime of each film?

I am still trying to find ways to trim the runtime, but the first film is something less than 3 hours and the next two more than 3 hours but less than 3 1/2 hours.

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Anakin Starkiller said:

In my books a film should never exceed 2 and 1/2 hours.

As I said that’s the perfect runtime for me too.
But in my books a film should also have structure, logic and continuity. And in this case I made the choice to sacrifice the runtime in order to achieve those goals.

So if for example Steve appears in the end of Film 1 with blood on his face, I can’t get rid of his stupid argument with Nancy because that’s where Jonathan comes and breaks his nose.

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Tell that to the guys who deleted the scene where Indiana Jones gets inside the sub before it submerges. Lol.

But in all seriousness I get what you mean.