Talk about a flashback! The Emmy nominated nostalgia-dosed Netflix Original hit, Stranger Things, just released a 90-second clip introducing fans to the hip new place in Hawkins, Indiana.
Starcourt Mall is an 80’s treasure trove of goodies. Referencing nostalgic moments like big hair, Walkmans, Waldenbooks and The Gap, Starcourt Mall will no doubt be the talk of the supernatural town.
The clever promo pays homage to advertisement styles of 1980s America, complete with synthesizer beats and great fashion.
As the animated narrator takes us through a tour of the state-of-the-art mall, a familiar face pops up behind the register of Scoops Ahoy Ice Cream Parlor.
“Ahoy!,” says Steve Harrington (Joe Keery) as he looks on with confused embarrassment at his co-worker Robin (Maya Hawke). This notes the first appearance of Hawke’s new character on the series.
The closing line, “Starcourt Mall is one of the finest shopping facilities in America — and beyond,” might hint to more than just shopping going on.
CNet theorized a possible reference to the Upside Down, which would make for an epic stage. Imagine a Demigorgon strolling through the aisles of Claire’s!
“The Office of Mayor Kline (Hawkins’ fictional mayor) confirmed that construction on the shopping center was indeed underway. ‘The grand opening is scheduled for next summer, with construction of the mall continuing at a consistent pace,’” said the press release.
With the town recovering from the mayhem that ensued in season 2, will our beloved gang have a new foe in town?
“The reference to mall developer Starcourt Industries suggests a new corporate menace could be coming to the town that has already been rocked by the activity at the mysterious Hawkins National Laboratory,” wrote Variety. “The video also promises the mall is ‘coming next summer,’ which may be a hint to the launch date of Season 3.
If that is true, next summer cannot come soon enough. We wonder if there will be any references to season 3 in the Stranger Things maze at Halloween Horror Nights?
What did you think of the new promo for season 3 of Stranger Things? Will you be checking out the Starcourt Mall for yourself? Let us know in the comments below.