There’s a New Monster in Stranger Things Season 2, and It’s Scarier Than Ever

Warning: light spoilers for Stranger Things season two ahead.

The new season of Stranger Things is has finally come into sight! We never thought we’d be so relieved to see the Upside-Down again. With the return of such an explosive and exciting show, it should come as no surprise that season two is upping the stakes. We’re in for meeting new characters, the return of our old friend Eleven, and a whole new monster. If you’ve watched any of the trailers for the season, you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about.

The new monster from the Upside-Down is a massive evil being of sorts. It looks like some kind of smoke spider with long legs and a seemingly insect-like body. What’s even more disturbing, though, is that thing in question isn’t necessarily a solid monster. Will (who sees the creature during his brief, PTSD-induced glimpses of the Upside-Down) says it’s more like a big storm. And, as you learn, Will becomes inextricably linked to the monster as the season goes on. Obviously, we’re dealing with something very different from the Demogorgon, which terrorizes Hawkins as it rips civilians to shreds in season one.

Ahead of the season two launch, we joined a group of journalists who sat down for a roundtable interview with Joe Keery, Natalia Dyer, and newcomer Dacre Montgomery. Keery was the one who shared some new insights on this gargantuan thing. «I think it’s more scary,» he said, comparing the smoke monster to its Demogorgon predecessor. «It’s a little more all-consuming, the monster, instead of just kind of being this one thing that can only get you this one way. It’s kind of more of an entity.» Yikes.

Wondering if you’ll be able to handle the looming dread that seeps into the show’s second season? If you were scared by the first season, you’ll definitely be just as disturbed by the next chapter. As Keery said, this isn’t a monster you can escape. This time around, the terror is everywhere. Stranger Things hits Netflix on Oct. 27.

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The Walking Dead Dropped a Preview For ALL of Season 8, and It’s a Doozy

Now that The Walking Dead has finally, finally returned to us with its brutal and bloody season eight premiere, we can officially start freaking out about what’s to come. In addition to a look at a tense moment with Morgan in episode two, AMC shared a 45-second preview of the entirety of the upcoming season. It’s not much, but it does include a confident speech from King Ezekiel («We will lose not one of our ranks»), Rick and Daryl discussing guns, car chases, Carol hiding from someone, Negan being threatening, and one pissed-off tiger. In other words? Sunday nights are about to get wild.

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Chrissy Teigen Fangirled When She Met Alicia Silverstone, and It’s So Adorable

There’s only two people who could make Chrissy Teigen lose her cool: Beyoncé and Alicia Silverstone. The Lip Sync Battle host revealed she fangirled when she met the Clueless star during a taping for the karaoke show. Alicia, dressed in her iconic yellow plaid Clueless outfit, graciously posed for an adorable photo with Chrissy and her daughter, Luna. «How am I supposed to sleep?,» Chrissy tweeted Saturday night. «I think I’ve asked for 2 photos in my entire life. @AliciaSilv and beyonce» As super fans of the show, it’s safe to say Chrissy Teigen is all of us who loved the show growing up.

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I Followed Harry Styles Around the US on Tour, and It’s the Best Thing I’ve Ever Done

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«I’m Harry. I’m from England,» is something I could probably never get tired of hearing Harry Styles say while holding his guitar in a room full of his adoring fans. I heard him introduce himself that way in seven different cities on his debut solo tour this Fall, and each time made me love him just a little bit more.

Truthfully, I love Harry Styles more than I love a lot of things in life. His music is artful and he’s a charming fellow, but it’s the whole world that surrounds him — this fandom — that make his shows my favorite place to be. When he announced back in the Spring — before his debut album was even released — that he’d be going on a short tour of small theaters across the US, I knew I had to be in as many of them as possible. But tickets were nearly impossible to get, even with my Harry prayer candle burning away beside me while I scoured Ticketmaster. However, due to luck, some favors, and a fair bit of hard-earned cash, I got myself entry to six of his tour stops, plus the iHeart Radio Music Festival, and here is exactly why it’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself.

Harry Styles • iHeart Radio Music Festival: Las Vegas ❤

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Show 1: San Francisco

Harry’s tour kicked off in my old home of San Francisco, and there wasn’t any shred of possibility that I’d miss this show. It was his first show as a headliner on tour. FIRST. I waited 60 hours on a sidewalk to see him perform solo for the first time ever on Saturday Night Live earlier this year, so do you think I’d miss his first headlining show?

I will never be able to share my deepest gratitude to Harry himself for not just putting on a great show every night, but for creating a space for his fans to come together and feel safe and loved and appreciated.

I watched Harry’s debut show from the second row, and it was a surreal experience. It was both everything and nothing I expected. Despite not being quite as silly and chatty as I’d recalled from his One Direction days, he was still on fire, and I chalked it up to first-show jitters. He soared through his (sadly short) set list, but the best moment of perhaps my entire life was when he did a cover of One Direction’s «What Makes You Beautiful,» which was their first hit and a pop masterpiece that I will defend until the day I die. He sang that literal feet in front of me, and I’m honestly not sure how I survived the rest of the night.

Show 2: Los Angeles

I hopped on a plane to LA the next day to go to Harry’s second show in what he considers to be his second home. This show was so unbelievably different from San Francisco. The atmosphere was different, since the show was outside, and Harry was so on. He had a lot of friends in the audience — including fellow One Direction member Niall Horan — and we all know how much Harry loves to put on a show for people he cares about.

The real gem of the LA show was when he stopped playing his newest single, «Kiwi,» because the crowd wasn’t dancing enough. He reminded us that he was about to be singing to us that he’s having our baby, so the least we could do was dance. And then he proceeded to start the whole damn song over again. So demanding. So charming. I left that show feeling like I was seeing more of the Harry I was familiar with. And it only got better from here.

Harry Styles Live on Tour Night 5: New York City ❤

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Show 3: Las Vegas

Vegas is an easy jaunt from LA, so obviously I went over to see Harry’s set at the festival. He only played a handful of songs for a crowd that was, for the most part, probably not familiar with him, but he still put on a show worthy of a room of his fans. He still sprayed the people in the front of the crowd with water — and then promptly apologized when he realized these particular showgoers weren’t used to him doing that every night. I am proud to say that even though the crowd wasn’t as upbeat as he was used to, his performance didn’t falter.

Show 4: New York City

I skipped a couple shows between the West Coast and my home of NYC, because, you know, real life and all. (Don’t think I didn’t try to figure out a way to get to Nashville and Chicago, though, because I totally did.) Harry sold out Radio City Music Hall, one of the most iconic venues in the world, and played the show not just to his fans but also to all the people from his record label in attendance. You see, I was once told by someone very close to Harry that Harry does whatever he wants, and that was very clear at the New York show.

After his final song, «Sign of the Times,» Harry told the entire 6,000-plus crowd that he wanted his next single to be «Kiwi» and that maybe his label execs in attendance needed some convincing. So he played the song for us again and ran all over the stage singing his heart out. (Fun story: it was announced just days later that his new single would be «Kiwi.» THAT POWER.)

Harry Styles Live on Tour Night 6: Boston. ❤️

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Show 5: Boston

Boston wasn’t originally in my plans for this Harry tour of the country. But then it turned out I didn’t have anything to do that Saturday and Bolt Bus had a seat open on a bus to Boston and StubHub had a ticket with my name on it, so off I went. I met up with a handful of Twitter friends before, during, and after the show, and they were the icing on the cake of what was maybe my favorite show of the tour.

I ended up with an unexpectedly amazing seat for this show, and Harry was so lit up. I had no idea Boston was so special to him, but seeing how happy he was on that stage and how much he interacted with the crowd was inspiring. His singing was more confident, his horrible dancing was more excited, and everything in between was just bigger. He also wore a gorgeous custom Gucci suit, and it was at this point that I realized he had been changing up his wardrobe every night, and the anticipation of what he’d wear was almost as high as the anticipation of whether or not he’d change up the set list — which he’d been doing in the form of rotating his One Direction covers.

Show 6: Dallas

Dallas also wasn’t in my original plan, but after a sweet deal from a friend and from Volvo, I found myself in Dallas, where I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Harry is a huge fan of Texas. Who knew?

After stopping «Kiwi» one time to encourage a male fan in the audience to be more lively, he started the song back up, only to stop again and encourage the rest of us to be as lively as the male fan ended up being. That Harry, he loves to be cheeky and get all the attention. And I mean that in the best of ways. He closed the show by prancing around the stage in a rainbow feather boa and a pink cowboy hat, and it was in that moment that I felt content with my decision to constantly be throwing my money and love at such a good role model.

Harry Styles Live on Tour Night 11: Dallas ❤️

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Show 7: Austin

I actually left the Dallas show and immediately drove down to Austin for the show the next night, which I had a general admission ticket for. I got in line at 3 a.m. behind 100 other dedicated fans and sat there all day. I even napped briefly, because I have become adept at sleeping on public sidewalks, all thanks to One Direction. This was my last show of my Harry tour, and frankly I was exhausted, which is why I wore freakin’ yoga pants to the show. Some came dressed for date night; I came dressed to dance. And dance is exactly what I did — from the second row AGAIN. (Y’all, I’m the queen of the second row, but one day I’ll be in front. Just like one day I’ll meet Harry . . . )

Harry’s Austin show was a bit of a dream for me. He came out wearing one of my favorite outfits he’s ever worn, and from the first note of «Ever Since New York» to the last beat of his «Kiwi» encore, the whole show was everything I could ever want. He danced, he pranced, he blew kisses in my general direction, and he didn’t hesitate to tell me (OK, he told us) how much he loved me.

Harry Styles Live on Tour Night 2: Los Angeles ❤

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There’s no feeling quite like finding something you love wholly and deeply. That’s been me for years with One Direction and now the boys as solo artists. I will never be able to describe quite how I felt when the first note of «Ever Since New York» rang out in The Masonic in San Francisco and Harry stood silhouetted behind a pink curtain. I will never be more grateful for all the friends I met from all over the country and from all walks of life on this tour and past events. Friends who started as Twitter friends and became IRL friends and friends who became more than just the people who waited in line near me. I will never be able to share my deepest gratitude to Harry himself for not just putting on a great show every night — it was expected — but for creating a space for his fans to come together and feel safe and loved and appreciated. I will never for one second feel anything but joy when I reminisce about Harry’s first tour that I tagged along for, because it was honestly some of the best days of my life. And if after hearing him belt out «Kiwi» what felt like a hundred times over the course of a month convinced me to get a cute little kiwi tattoo to commemorate it, well then, so be it.

Some tickets, travel, and accommodations provided by Marriott, Volvo, and Harry Styles for the purpose of writing this story.

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If It’s Driving You Crazy, This Is Why You Recognize Mariette From Blade Runner 2049

The following contains light spoilers for Blade Runner 2049.

We’ve all been there: sitting in a movie theater, watching a character, and feeling stumped about where you’ve the actor before. While walking out of Blade Runner 2049, many fans experienced exactly this sensation when considering Mariette, the sex worker who uses an encounter with Officer K (Ryan Gosling) and his AI love interest, Joi (Ana de Armas), to help draw him into the replicant resistance. Surrounded by Hollywood heavy-hitters like Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto, and Robin Wright, it’s frustrating not to immediately recall an actor’s roster when they look so damn familiar . . . which is why we’re here to help.

Mariette is played by 30-year-old Mackenzie Davis, who has appeared in both movies and on TV since 2012. While she has secured many minor roles throughout her career thus far, there are also several major projects where you’ve seen Davis before. So if you loved her performance as the stylish and mysterious Mariette, don’t let it drive you crazy any longer — this is where you recognize her from.

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Drop It Like It’s Hot in These 2000s-Inspired Halloween Costumes

If you were a teenager in the 2000s, you’re well aware of the songs you blasted on repeat, the music video dance moves you attempted to learn, and the heinous fashion crimes you committed. Being able to laugh at yourself is a real art, so why not show your sense of humor by channeling your former self this Halloween? Whether you decide to rock one of these looks solo or grab some peeps to go as a group, keep reading for 24 ways to get crunk, drop it like it’s hot, and shake it like a Polaroid picture with these celebrity costumes inspired by the 2000s.

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The First Song From the Stranger Things Season 2 Soundtrack Is Here, and It’s Eerie AF

Consider your Halloween party lucky, because the Stranger Things season two soundtrack is dropping just in time to creep out all of your guests. Like the show’s highly anticipated new episodes, the album won’t hit iTunes until the end of October (on Oct. 20, to be exact, seven days before the season two premiere). We just got our first preview of what the 34-track compilation will include, and it’s just as eerie as you’d expect:

The song, titled «Walkin’ in Hawkins,» is the first song on the soundtrack and has the same kind of atmospheric synth feel that the Stranger Things theme song does. If you’re interested in speculating at what the rest of the song names on the soundtrack might mean, have at it:

1. «Walkin’ in Hawkins»
2. «Home»
3. «Eulogy»
4. «On the Bus»
5. «Presumptuous»
6. «Eight Fifteen»
7. «The First Lie»
8. «Scars»
9. «I Can Save Them»
10. «Descent Into the Rift»
11. «Chicago»
12. «Looking for a Way Out»
13. «Birth / Rescue»
14. «In the Woods»
15. «Digging»
16. «Symptoms»
17. «Eggo in the Snow»
18. «Soldiers»
19. «Choices»
20. «Never Tell»
21. «She Wants Me to Find Her»
22. «Shouldn’t Have Lied»
23. «It’s a Trap»
24. «Crib»
25. «The Return»
26. «Escape»
27. «We Go Out Tonight»
28. «Connect the Dots»
29. «The Hub»
30. «On Edge»
31. «What Else Did You See?»
32. «Run»
33. «Levitation»
34. «To Be Continued»

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Company Sells Women’s Suits with Gender-Swapped Ads Where it’s Men who are the Dehumanised Props for a Change

‘Sex sells!’ the ad men screamed when asked about the use of the female body in their work.

Indeed. But what that phrase really translates to in the world we live in is: ‘The Dehumanised Female Form Sells!’

The structural violence inflicted upon women by advertising is formidable. Often reduced to a piece of highly photoshopped, idealised-form furniture, the imagery used in many campaigns continually reinforces the notion that women are something akin to props, agency-less and adrift in a world of powerful men. And I’m sure we don’t need reminders of what happens in a world like that. I would link to some examples of those kinds of ads, but… I won’t.

Suitstudio is an offshoot of the US-based menswear brand Suitsupply. They make suits for women. They have been running an ad campaign recently that is… Well, it’s delicious in how deftly it flips the script of what we expect to see from a campaign like it.

Check it:

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Models without faces, often lying prostrate and naked, seemingly at the beck and call of the well-dressed and assertive ad ‘protagonist’. Looks familiar no?

Here’s the thing: Advertising, like its father Capitalism, is a pretty cruel business. But if we have to do it, it’d be lovely to do it without dehumanising anyone. These ads dehumanise the men. But right now, in the world we live in, that kind of imagery offers up very valuable food for thought.

It reminds me of that saying: Men are afraid of a matriarchal world because they assume women would run it like men run a patriarchal one.

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Petr Knava lives in London and plays music

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Hush Is a Terrifying, Brilliant Horror Movie, and It’s on Netflix

If you’re a diehard horror fan, listen up. There’s a new indie horror movie on the block, and it may just be one of 2016’s most chilling films. It’s called Hush; it premiered at SXSW last year, and it’s available to stream on Netflix. It might be just the thing you need to tide you over while you wait for this year’s other new horror movies. But Hush isn’t just you’re average scare, and it’s not a thoughtless scary trash heap that was hastily assembled and sent out into the void. The movie is good. It holds its own among other recent indie horror movies that left a lasting impression, like the endlessly unsettling It Follows or the psychological bravado that was The Babadook. Feeling curious? Read on to find out why we loved it.

  1. It’s original. We’ve seen home invasion movies before (think The Strangers, Panic Room, or You’re Next), but we’ve never seen one quite like this. In fact, I don’t ever recall the use of a deaf character — Maddie, in this case — as a storytelling device, and it makes for an incredibly compelling narrative. The best part is, Maddie’s deafness isn’t just a gimmick. It’s not quickly forgotten or pushed to the side. It’s woven intricately through the fabric of the film. It plays so much into Maddie’s character, her lifestyle, and her world.
  2. It’s plausible. Upon first glance, it might seem entirely impractical that a deaf, mute woman lives all alone in the woods. And yet, the backstory is strong. She’s there for a good reason. She has people checking in on her, including family and a friendly neighbor. Even the logistics of some psychopath stomping around and tormenting her don’t seem far-fetched. He takes her phone, cuts the power, and slashes her tires. It’s a very real situation, with a very slim chance of escape.
  3. It’s quiet. This movie does not rely on jump scares or a tense score to inspire dread. Sure, there are moments that could be considered jump scares, and there is certainly music at points. Even so, those touches don’t come across as cheap, and they don’t seem like a crutch. In fact, on the whole, the movie is pretty quiet. The horror builds in the silence. A few of the most terrifying sequences occur in a space devoid of sound. We spend scenes in Maddie’s head, which effectively reduces all audio to faraway thumps.
  4. It keeps you guessing. Just when you think you know which direction the film is heading, it takes a sharp left. Despite the fact that the premise is so straightforward, Maddie’s — and her assailant’s — actions really keep you on your toes. It’s this unpredictability that is both thrilling and compelling. It draws us in and keeps us there.
  5. It builds exquisite tension. Despite the fact that Hush falls under the «home invasion» subgenre of horror, the attacker doesn’t actually spend more than 10 minutes inside the house. He spends the rest of his time walking the house’s perimeter and tormenting Maddie in unimaginable ways. Whenever she exits the house, it’s a heartpounding sequence to see if she’ll make it safely back inside.
  6. It’s smart. The best kinds of movies drop breadcrumbs in the film’s first act and offer a payoff in the final act. This comes into play a lot in Hush as facets of Maddie’s character, first presented in the very first scenes, become huge parts of the climax. Even notable objects from the film’s opening prove to be crucial components of the chilling ending.

Have we convinced you? Watch the trailer below, then turn off all your lights and start streaming.

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Dressing Up as It’s Main Characters For Halloween Is Surprisingly Easy

The It reboot dropped at the perfect time. Not only did it get us in the mood for Halloween right as Fall began, but the horror flick is also a great source of inspiration for group costumes. What could be better than you and your friends heading out on the town dressed as the young members of the Losers Club (and one brave soul as Pennywise)? With the exception of the silver clown suit someone might have to rustle up, creating similar outfits to the core seven characters is actually a cinch. Check out a simple step-by-step DIY for each look below!

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