Looks like Kuala Lumpur transformed into Hawkins last night (Monday, 1st July) when we entered the Upside Down!
Netflix Malaysia held its first ever screening in Malaysia for the highly anticipated return of “Stranger Things” season 3. The event was held at TGV 1 Utama, where the halls of the theater were decorated to launch us into the glam of the 80s.
“Stranger Things” exploded on the scene when it first aired in 2016 and has since been growing into a cult favourite. The modern masterpiece of the Duffer Brothers has become a phenomenon with the first season starring Millie Bobby Brown as the mysterious Eleven, alongside Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson, Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair and Noah Schnapp as Will Byers.
The show was a critically acclaimed hit worldwide, with young and older viewers alike. 2017 brought the second season with more twists, characters and even stranger occurrences which left fans hooked for more.
The event brought several familiar faces to the scene, including local celebrities such as Chew Kin Wah, an actor from “Crossroads: One, Two Jaga”, and Adrian Teh, director of “Paskal” (both films available for viewing on Netflix!).
Influencers included the likes of local songstress Daiyan Trisha, Athisha Khan, and Yaya Zahir, along with Arwind Kumar, Zhafran Zukifly, Nabil Mahir, Fiqrie Dahari, Sheryl Ng and Desmond Lim. They came together to start their own gang by dressing up as the iconic characters themselves; Eleven, Will, Mike, Lucas, Dustin, Nancy, Steve, Jonathan, Joyce, and Sheriff Hopper.
However, the surprise of the night came in the form of a Demogorgon scaring the wits out of unexpected guests. Local cosplayer Saakira Izumi attended the event dressed as the terrifying humanoid creature that lurkes the Upside Down, and occasionally sneaking into our realm. It is especially impressive to note that Saakira actually created her costume from scratch for this screening!
With prominent influencers, media, brand partners and some lucky super fans, decked in their wild and groovy outfits, everyone contributed to the nostalgia of the simpler days of hair spray, synth-pop, and Eggos.
Bangers like A-Ha’s “Take On Me” and “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” added to the mood, where everyone’s 80s inspired outfits made it seem like a scene right out of the show! Complete with standees for guests to take photos and give us their best poses, the event was nothing short of a success.
“Stranger Things 3” will be available for viewing worldwide on the 4th of July, exclusively on Netflix.