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Stranger Things' David Harbour Uncovers His Family's Version of Frankenstein in a New Netflix Mockumentary Stranger Things' David Harbour Uncovers His Family's Version of Frankenstein in a New Netflix Mockumentary

Count this among the things I wasn’t expecting to see today. Writer John Levenstein (Arrested Development) has revealed his new Netflix mockumentary, all about Stranger Things’ David Harbour uncovering his father’s televised stage play about the monster of the monster of Dr. Victor Frankenstein.

The Handmaid's Tale Gave Us a Brief but Powerful Reunion The Handmaid's Tale Gave Us a Brief but Powerful Reunion

The Handmaid’s Tale has continued its third season at its weird and awkward pace. June (Elisabeth Moss) continues to do just enough rebelling to raise suspicions in Gilead, but not enough for it to make a major difference or for anyone to punish her for it. The latest episode centered around one long-awaited meeting…

There's an Awesome New Infinity Train Trailer, But You Have to Work for It There's an Awesome New Infinity Train Trailer, But You Have to Work for It

Cartoon Network’s promising new animated series, Infinity Train, finally has a new full trailer. But, much like our science geek hero Tulip, solving a puzzle to watch it is part of the adventure.

Robert Rodriguez Breaks Down How Much the Manga Inspired Alita: Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel was a film over a decade in the making, with director Robert Rodriguez eventually stepping in for James Cameron to complete his dream project. Both Cameron and Rodriguez had big plans for how the film would pay tribute to Yukito Kishiro’s manga, and in this latest behind the scenes featurette we…

FX's Legion Recap Video Allows Us to Dive Into the Twisted Mind of Aubrey Plaza's Lenny FX's Legion Recap Video Allows Us to Dive Into the Twisted Mind of Aubrey Plaza's Lenny

David Haller (Dan Stevens) might be the center of the world in FX’s Legion, but Aubrey Plaza’s Lenny is the true star.

The Hunger Games Is Getting a Prequel Novel, Set During the 'Dark Days' of Panem [Updated] The Hunger Games Is Getting a Prequel Novel, Set During the 'Dark Days' of Panem [Updated]

We’re going back to the arena. Scholastic has announced a new The Hunger Games prequel novel from Suzanne Collins, set decades before the events of the original books and films.

Stranger Things' Natalia Dyer Subverts the 'Lost Girl' Trope in a New Sci-Fi Short Film Stranger Things' Natalia Dyer Subverts the 'Lost Girl' Trope in a New Sci-Fi Short Film

One of the common tropes in fiction is the “lost girl,” where a young woman goes missing and the majority of the film or series is spent trying to find out what happened. This can make for suspenseful viewing, but it also forces the female character to be more of a plot device than a person. In After Her, a new sci-fi…

The Real Reason Chucky Is a Robot Now

The first trailer for the reboot of Child’s Play came with a surprise. The original was about a serial killer who possessed a doll and killed a bunch of people. Now, Chucky’s a smart toy who finds autonomy...and then kills a bunch of people. It seemed odd for a reboot to change the premise of its own story this much…

The Banana Splits Movie Is Here to Ruin Your Childhood

This Chuck E. Cheese party is going downhill fast. The first trailer is out for The Banana Splits Movie, which takes a classic Hanna-Barbera kids variety show and turns it into, well, Five Nights at Freddy’s. Like, it’s not even trying to hide it.

This Hilarious Video Imagines Black Mirror as a Morality Play in the Middle Ages This Hilarious Video Imagines Black Mirror as a Morality Play in the Middle Ages

It doesn’t matter if it’s 2019 or 1319, we’re always afraid of the dangers of “technologee.” This comedy video imagines Black Mirror in ye olden times—when it was less about the dangers of smartphones or virtual reality, and more about “holy shite, puteth down thine book!”

This Captain Marvel Deleted Scene Has Some Serious 'I'll Do The Fingering' Vibes

Alien: Covenant’s got nothing on this. Disney has posted another deleted scene from Captain Marvel, showing Yon-Rogg having a tense meeting with the Supreme Intelligence. But not just normal tension: It’s sexual tension.

Exclusive Video Looks at Why Child's Play Is About the Evils of Technology

The original Child’s Play was about a serial killer who possessed a doll and went on a mass murder spree, but the reboot has changed things up a bit. In an exclusive video, Child’s Play stars Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry, and Gabriel Bateman dive into this new version of Chucky and what it says about the horrors of…

The Handmaid's Tale's Ann Dowd Says 'Put Your Phone Down and Protest' New Anti-Abortion Laws

The Handmaid’s Tale has entered its third season—and is starting to feel more like a plausible warning than a dystopian nightmare, as more states, like Georgia, continue to sign laws restricting access to safe and legal abortions. Now, the woman who embodies one of the show’s most devout believers is speaking out,…

Sony Announces a Reimagined Boondocks With Original Creator Aaron McGruder Sony Announces a Reimagined Boondocks With Original Creator Aaron McGruder

The Freemans are coming back. Sony has confirmed that The Boondocks is returning with a new television show, and original creator Aaron McGruder is on board. They also revealed a show based on the late Anthony Bourdain’s graphic novel series, and revealed more on Phill Lord and Chris Miller’s much-anticipated animated…

Men in Black: International Is a Galaxy of Fun for a New Generation Men in Black: International Is a Galaxy of Fun for a New Generation

Men in Black: International will not be the best movie you see this year. There are plot issues, character arcs go unfinished, and the ending felt rushed. But it’s still a campy, cool sci-fi spy thriller—one that coasts on the natural charisma of Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth, who may be one of this generation’s…

Pennywise Floats, UK Games Expo Kicks Out a Bad GM, and More Tabletop News Pennywise Floats, UK Games Expo Kicks Out a Bad GM, and More Tabletop News

Welcome back to Gaming Shelf, io9's regular column all about board games and tabletop RPGs—focusing on all the cool genre stuff that makes you believe you’re Batman...or maybe the Joker. This time around, we’ve got a new game for It, a neat summer camp roleplaying game, and some disturbing news about an RPG gone…

The Dark Crystal Prequel Director Says 'Nobody's Fooled' by CGI Nowadays The Dark Crystal Prequel Director Says 'Nobody's Fooled' by CGI Nowadays

A lot of animation has gone the CGI route—even the Muppets have embraced it with the latest version of Muppet Babies. But Netflix’s Dark Crystal prequel series, Age of Resistance, is relying heavily on the traditional puppetry that made the original such an iconic fantasy film. According to the director, it’s a…

The Are You Afraid of the Dark? Miniseries Reveals Its Midnight Society and a New Terrifying Tale The Are You Afraid of the Dark? Miniseries Reveals Its Midnight Society and a New Terrifying Tale

Nickelodeon has revealed the new cast for its Are You Afraid of the Dark? limited series reboot, which includes stars from It, Artemis Fowl, and Black-ish. But we also know what the anthology series is going to be about, and it’s going in a direction we’ve never gone in before. The story presented for the approval of…

The Original Plot of Black Mirror's 'Striking Vipers' Featured a Musical Team-Building Exercise About Grease The Original Plot of Black Mirror's 'Striking Vipers' Featured a Musical Team-Building Exercise About Grease

That’s what we call plot development. Black Mirror’s showrunners have revealed that the season five premiere, “Striking Vipers,” didn’t start out as the story of two friends who discover new things about themselves after trying a new virtual reality game. It was originally envisioned as the story of a group of office…

Kelly Sue DeConnick Shares Her Young Fans' Biggest Takeaway From Captain Marvel

Superhero movies are for fans of all ages, but sometimes it’s important to listen to the messages young kids are taking away from these experiences. For young girls who’ve fallen in love with Captain Marvel, there’s one moment from Brie Larson’s solo debut they really identify with. According to comic book writer …

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