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“Stranger Things” has taken the world by storm, and its influences are starting to be show up across popular culture — if not consciously by filmmakers, then certainly in the perception of their work.
“A few of those were like ‘Stranger Things,'” an audience member said, following one screening of SXSW’s first-ever Independent Episodics section. Designed to highlight independent television pilots, web series, and proof-of-concept pitches, the inaugural section played in full on Sunday, split into two screenings of 12 total projects.
Section - Pilots - Lead - Actors - Forces
In the first section, two pilots featured young lead actors dealing with supernatural forces, and at least one paid homage to a blockbuster film.
With hints of “Jaws” as well as the bike-riding kids, suspicious parents, and haunting mysteries of “Stranger Things,” Strang said he intends for “Beast” to be a one-hour anthology series with a new monster every year. Watch the trailer below.
Offering - Reminiscent - Netflix - Hit - Polar
The second offering reminiscent of the Netflix hit is “Polar,” a Danish pilot where a mysterious sound from the ocean affects select kids in the neighboring towns. Four end up dead. One comes back to life. The mystery, though, remains.
Written by Morten Mortensen and directed by Natalia Anna Ciepiel and Alexander Ohrt, the series incorporates the death of a teenage kid who gets resurrected (not unlike Will Byers), but is more notable for a strong cast...
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