Cover The first look images from Stranger Things 4 is here (Photo: Netflix)

Netflix has released the first images from the fourth season of Stranger Things and it hints at a “horror movie” vibe

This article was originally published on February 18, 2022 and was updated on March 24, 2022.

In February, Netflix revealed that the fourth season of Stranger Things will be released in two volumes. The first part will drop on May 27, 2022, while the other will be out on July 1, 2022.

Today, the streaming giant just released the first images for the upcoming season. If there’s anything apparent from the photos, it’s that the Hawkins kids are all grown up.

“This year, we don’t have the kids. We can’t do The Goonies anymore. And so, suddenly, we’re leaning much harder into that horror movie territory that we love. It was fun to make that change,” explained Ross Duffer, one of the show’s creators.

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Four key posters were unveiled last month. It confirmed that the story will take place across four locations around the world, from Russia to California.

Ross Duffer also noted that some of the fan theories that he’s seen online are “startlingly” accurate. “I’m constantly impressed with how sharp the fans are, and how quickly they’re able to put something together with very, very little information.”

The Duffer Brothers also previously confirmed that the upcoming season will be the penultimate one, with the series ending after season five.

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Stranger Things 4 will take place six months after the Battle of Starcourt and we see our group of friends still struggling with the aftermath and separated for the first time. Now, they’re navigating the complexities of high school. During this time, a new and horrifying supernatural threat surfaces.

The hit Netflix show was released in 2016 and has been become a global phenomenon. It has garnered over 65 award wins and 175 award nominations including trophies from the Emmys, Golden Globes, Grammys, SAG and BAFTA. It also remains one of the streaming platform’s most-watched titles with season three raking in 582 million viewing hours.

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