Slice of SciFi #98: Interview with Earl Newton of “Stranger Things”

News Bytes:
Summer takes the day off but Brian Brown is on hand to read the news about the prestigious award nomination that our new cartoon partners Darryl Hughes and Monique MacNaughton of G.A.A.K. have been honored with, Robots are in our future and they will be calling the shots; and director Ron Howard has several full plates but still finds the time to take a French suspense film called “Cache,” ramp up the suspense a notch or two and release it with that special award-winning Howard touch.

Movie Talk:
Do you feel like “The Abandoned” child left behind? Director Nacho Cerda feels your pain and takes that frightening scenario to the Russian mountains and a remote farmhouse where our heroine and new friend learn what it is to really be scared senseless. This is one film you may want to see because it is so beyond your typical haunted house film of the past.

We will also talk about a new IMAX documentary film entitled “Dinosaurs 3D: Giants of Patagonia.” This interesting film, hosted by actor Donald Sutherland and highlighting the work of famed paleontologist Rodolfo Coria, travels back in time and allows the audience to get a newer, clearer look at some of these amazing prehistoric creatures as only IMAX can.

TV Talk:
Over on the small screen we take a look at some new Stargate: Atlantis casting shakeups and cast-shifting from SG-1, SGC over to Atlantis and how this will change to the look of the spin-off series for its Season Four.

Interview: Michael and Summer ride the roller coaster that is an interview with Stranger Things creator, Earl Newton. Stranger Things is a 30-minute internet vidcast of original SF stories about ordinary people stumbling into the secret world of demons, aliens, shamans and angels. The stories told on “Stranger Things TV” expose the bizarre and the extraordinary things happening all around us, everyday.

Imagining Earl bringing a Scott Sigler story to life in video format is a bit of a head rush, and you’ll find out why when you hear this interview.

Future Talk:
Everyone in the Draco Vista studios gets caught up in a time-warp and see a brand new, highly CGI-enhanced Star Wars film in our future that George Lucas has absolutely nothing to do with. We talk about a new huge fan-film undertaking from uber-fan Darren Crawford called “Star Wars: Forgotten Realm.”

Listener comments: If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know.


  1. says

    That is one of the funniest, most entertaining interviews I have heard you guys do. You have already earned yourselves a permanent place in my good books by turning me on to Charlie Jade, god knows what I’ll have to do if Stranger Things lives up to the promise of the interview.
    I guess I’ll have to donate my first-born to you, or something similar (but you’ll have to pay postage)

  2. says

    Rich – I also was priviledged to see the rough cuts and I was impressed. I see great things for Stranger Things crew.

    Cruithne – Thanks! Earl was a GREAT guy to chat with and funny. We had a hard time hanging up because we kept cracking up each other.

  3. Max Harper says

    I found the interview very interesting. It’s one more move towards fan financed content, with no Fox or Sci Fi Channel suits telling us what we want to spend our bucks on.

    In 5 years, more or less, I think the media world will be very different. If you told me just a few years ago that almost all the big, and many of the small, media companies would be making most of their content downloadable, I would have told you that you were crazy. But here we are.

    The only way that could have happened is if they were scared… and they are. All of them.

    We scare them… and we should.

  4. says

    There’s no real need for them to be scared, they can still make money if they have good shows.
    I download shows with bittorent, but so what?
    If I lived in the states I could see them for free anyway, and shows like Heroes are still going to be on my “to buy” list.

    We need to remember that the idea of the viewer buying a complete series of a TV show is a relatively new phenomena anyway. They managed to make shows for decades without one viewer buying a single episode directly.

  5. Magess says

    Angels & Demons was a better book than The Da Vinci Code, so I hope it will make a better movie.