The 10 best short-ass movies on HBO Max for when you want something short and kick-ass

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Blame it on technology, blame it on TikTok, or blame it on the multitasking nature of our capitalist society. The fact is, for most of us, our attention spans have only gotten shorter. A two-and-a-half-hour movie? Ha! That’s an indulgence reserved for special occasions or the rare few filmmakers who earn those excessive runtimes (looking at you, Dune). 

We the people are tired, we’re impatient, and we want to veg out after work with a damn good movie in 100 minutes or less. Thankfully, a short runtime isn’t a knock on quality, and HBO Max currently has one of the biggest selections of great short-ass movies out there. This list started at 45 entries, which I painfully yet carefully curated down to just 10 films to satisfy a variety of movie tastes.

1. Shiva Baby

Rachel Sennott in "Shiva Baby"


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Here’s a nightmare scenario: You’re a young, bi Jewish woman who just finished hooking up with one of your sex-work clients — he’s rich and cute and, hey, maybe you kinda like him. You show up at the shiva your parents dragged you to, and oh fuck, Sugar Daddy walks in…with a hot wife…holding a newborn baby. And he knows your parents. Oh, and your ex-girlfriend, who’s been a total flake lately, is there too. Emma Seligman’s debut feature is like the Jewish comedic version of Trey Edward Schults’ Krisha, only it finds the humor (and the suffocating anxiety) in the chaos. Even better, it’s only an hour and 17 minutes.

How to watch: Shiva Baby is now streaming on HBO Max.

2. Lady Snowblood

Still from "Lady Snowblood" (Shurayukihime) starring Meiko Kaji


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Any Tarantino fan who hasn’t seen Lady Snowblood, please stop what you’re doing and go watch one of the best films of the ‘70s, and the major inspiration behind Kill Bill. Toshiya Fujita’s 1973 film is pretty much the blueprint for female revenge thrillers. After four men sexually assault a woman and kill her husband, she has a daughter for the sole purpose of creating an assassin to one day wreak vengeance upon the men. Yuki, aka Lady Snowblood (Meiko Kaji), and her sword will stop at nothing to do just that. Gushing with both blood and elegant beauty, Lady Snowblood is a delicious, violent treat.

How to watch: Lady Snowblood is now streaming on HBO Max.

3. Brief Encounter

Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard in "Brief Encounter"


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David Lean’s Brief Encounter is the quintessential romance, and, dare I say, one of the best films ever made. A married woman (Celia Johnson) and a married man (Trevor Howard) meet by chance at a train station. They bump into each other again and soon a quietly ferocious love affair begins. But that love can only exist one Wednesday a week at the railway station where their paths collide, miles away from their loving yet dim marriages back home. While an incredibly simple romance formula, each frame of Brief Encounter, potently shot by Robert Krasker, carries the weight of a hundred hearts breaking and falling in love all at once. It’s the cinematic encapsulation of just how glorious and torturous love can feel when you’re not even looking for it.

How to watch: Brief Encounter is now streaming on HBO Max.

4. Birth

Nicole Kidman in "Birth"


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It’s been a decade since your beloved husband, Sean, died and you’re finally ready to move on and marry a nice guy. Then, suddenly, a 10-year-old kid walks into your house and tells you he’s Sean, reincarnated. [Insert baffled Nicole Kidman laughter] Insane, right? How silly! The brilliance of Jonathan Glazer’s Birth is how its cast of stuffy Manhattan elites approach such a childish proposition with matter-of-fact maturity. Kidman’s widow Anna, along with her mother (Lauren Bacall) and fiancé (Danny Huston), at first dismiss it as foolishness, yet remain curious as they allow the boy to hang around. But Anna’s curiosity soon turns to conviction in a performance that is at once delicate and a surge of tremendous emotion, often unfolding without dialogue. It’s a film of staggering capital ‘A’ acting, and one that leaves you questioning, feeling a bit disturbed, and at a loss for words.

How to watch: Birth is now streaming on HBO Max.

5. Best in Show

Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara in "Best in Show"


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There may not be a single unfunny moment in Christopher Guest’s Best in Show. A mockumentary about dog show contestants and their precious pups, Guest’s film is a chef’s kiss of satirical comedy that features an all-timer cast of comedic actors at some of their very best. You’ve got Parker Posey (in braces) and Michael Hitchcock as an uptight suburban couple who go to therapy to process their dog watching them have sex. There’s Jennifer Coolidge as the wife of an old millionaire and her lesbian dog trainer Jane Lynch. Michael McKean and John Michael Higgins are the epitome of Palm Springs older-younger gays. And of course, we get Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy magnificently riffing off one another as a Florida couple. If this Starbucks bit makes you laugh, Best In Show is for you.

How to watch: Best in Show is now streaming on HBO Max.

6. Desert Hearts

A still from "Desert Hearts" starring Patricia Charbonneau and Helen Shaver


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Before the lesbian romances of the New Queer Cinema movement, and long before the current streak of lesbian period dramas, there was Donna Deitch’s 1985 film Desert Hearts — which, yes, is technically a period piece itself. Set in the late ’50s, Vivian, a New York English professor who wears tailored skirt suits and pearls, moves to Reno to get a divorce. She stays at a nearby ranch where she meets Cay, a tough, freewheeling cowgirl type who unabashedly wears her queerness on her sleeve. What follows is a long courtship of brewing sexual tension and tender exchanges that will make any Carol fan swoon.

How to watch: Desert Hearts is now streaming on HBO Max.

7. Blood Simple

Frances McDormand in "Blood Simple"


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If you can fit a nice, tight murder plot into 96 minutes and make it percolate with suspense, drip with bursts of violence, and ooze with style, then you have a damn fine movie on your hands. The Coen brothers sure did that with 1984’s Blood Simple, which happened to be their (fantastic) directing debut and Frances McDormand’s acting debut. It has everything you’d want from a neo-noir and is the type of film that’s thankfully short enough to watch again and again, and still get a thrill from.

How to watch: Blood Simple is now streaming on HBO Max.

8. In the Mood for Love

Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung in "In the Mood for Love"


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Wong Kar-wai’s masterpiece isn’t a movie that you watch, but one that you feel. It’s a romance that emphasizes the desire and longing tucked inside quiet glances, underneath brief moments of touch, in between words. Set in 1962 Hong Kong, we watch the polite interactions of neighbors Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) and Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung) as they cross paths in their shared apartment building and throughout town. They soon learn their spouses are having an affair with each other, and in time, Chow and Su begin to develop a deep love for one another. In the Mood for Love’s magnificence comes from Cheung and Leung’s aching performances, the exquisite, patient cinematography of Christopher Doyle and Mark Lee Ping-Bing, and a swooning soundtrack that dares you to keep a dry eye. Every moment of this 98-minute film is pure perfection.

How to watch: In the Mood for Love is now streaming on HBO Max.

9. Beetlejuice

Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder in "Beetlejuice"


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I mean, it’s Beetlejuice… what more is there to say? It’s always a joy to revisit — or visit, if you’ve somehow never experienced this Tim Burton classic — Catherine O’Hara lip-synching for her life to the Banana Boat Song, baby goth Winona Rider pouting around in a black veil, or Michael Keaton in an endless gross-out competition with himself. If you need some fantastical kooky fun, or just a quick 92-minute throwback to the days of good ol’ Burton imaginative world-building, you can’t go wrong calling in the bio-exorcist.

How to watch: Beetlejuice is now streaming on HBO Max.

10. Persona

still from "Persona"


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If you enjoy a psychological chamber piece about crumbling identities with great actresses actressing, Persona is essentially the GOAT. Think along the lines of Black Swan, The Clouds of Sils Maria, Mulholland Drive, or Queen of Earth, all films that owe a little something to Ingmar Bergman’s 1966 classic. After actress Elisabet Vogler (played by the always-excellent Liv Ullmann) has suddenly gone silent, she arrives on a remote island with her nurse, Alma (the also always excellent Bibi Andersson). What follows is a cinematic exploration of the human psyche fractured, dismantled, and imploding in on itself. If you enjoy the ride of Persona and are new to Bergman, thankfully most of his other films currently on HBO Max also clock in at just under 100 minutes.

How to watch: Persona is now streaming on HBO Max.

15 of the best mystery movies on Netflix for you to solve

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Grab your magnifying glass and get ready to investigate as Mashable uncovers Big/Little Mysteries.


Nobody can resist a good mystery.

Whether it’s a whodunnit-based crime story, a suspense movie that keeps you guessing, or a mind-bending psychological thriller, sitting confused in front of your screen can be a way more enjoyable experience than it sounds.

Often, the best mysteries span out over a whole series on Netflix, making the TV side of things pretty well populated — think The Sinner, Dark, Midnight Mass, The Haunting of Hill House/Bly Manor — but there are plenty of mystery movies for those who’d like a more comprehensive experience. Spanning its horror, thriller, and sci-fi genres, the streaming service has a range of mystery films to offer in this regard, each offering up an unexpected twist or reveal.

What’s inside the walls in Remi Weekes’ His House? Why does the boarding house in Santiago Menghini’s No One Gets Out Alive have so many locked doors? What’s at the heart of the disturbing prison system in The Platform? What exactly, David Lynch asks, did Jack do? From creaking haunted houses to vengeful masked killers, here are the best mystery movies on Netflix.

1. Buster’s Mal Heart

"Buster's Mal Heart" on Netflix

Checking in? “Buster’s Mal Heart”  is one of the best mysteries on Netflix.
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Directed by Sarah Adina Smith, Buster’s Mal Heart is one you might have scrolled right by on Netflix. But Rami Malek’s characteristically intense performance in this slow-burn mystery should walk you right back. The film centres around a man known to local authorities as Buster, who’s being tracked for breaking into and living in people’s holiday homes in mountainous Montana. But where we first meet Buster is by no means where the story begins, in fact, it’ll take several parallel narratives to try and uncover the terrible truth of it. — Shannon Connellan, UK Editor

How to watch: Buster’s Mal Heart is now available to stream on Netflix.

2. The Call

"The Call" on Netflix

Don’t pick up the phone.
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Not the 2013 Halle Berry film or the revenge-based horror film of the same name, but based on Matthew Parkhill’s 2011 supernatural horror film The Caller, Lee Chung-hyun’s The Call is a dark, chilling South Korean mystery that you can’t hang up on.

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When Kim Seo-yeon (Park Shin-hye) visits her family home, she loses her phone, then starts getting weird, disturbing calls and finds a connection to a woman called Young-sook (Jeon Jong-seo). Where this film twists and turns from here, you’ll never predict, so paying light attention is not an option. Strong performances, unnerving use of sound, stunning cinematography, and a well-woven structure make this one surreal and disturbing journey.* — S.C.

How to watch: The Call is now available to stream on Netflix.

3. Fear Street

"Fear Street" on Netflix

The “Fear Street” trilogy has a solid mystery at its bloody core.
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What could have just been a kitschy homage to classic horror films of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s actually has a really compelling core mystery, meaning it’s on the list! The Fear Street trilogy, inspired by R.L. Stine’s more grown-up novel series, centres around a cyclical curse that sees a string of murders plaguing the residents of Shadyside. Directed by Leigh Janiak, the three films (Part 1: 1994, Part 2: 1978, and Part 3: 1666) are set in different time periods, each linked by these happenings. A group of teenagers will have to delve into the past in order to figure it all out before the curse catches up with them. As far as horror mysteries go, Fear Street is the best thing since sliced bread (sorry). — S.C.

How to watch: Fear Street is now available to stream on Netflix.

4. His House

"His House" on Netflix

There’s something in the walls…
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The best types of horror films are more than just a trickbox of scares. Some are character studies, others explore deeper themes or grapple complex social issues, and a few manage to move you in more ways than just a raising of the pulse. Writer-director Remi Weekes’ debut His House does all of the above at once.

Following asylum seekers Bol (Sope Dirisu) and Rial (Wunmi Mosaku) as they arrive in the UK from South Sudan only to be thrust into an unforgiving world of bureaucracy and racism, His House melds drama with a claustrophobic haunted house mystery. Noises echo in the walls, and Bol’s fear and paranoia grows along with ours. But it’s only as the movie progresses, and Jo Willems’ creative cinematography starts hinting at what took place in the past, that the true horror of His House is revealed.* — Sam Haysom, Deputy UK Editor

How to watch: His House is now available to stream on Netflix.

5. I Am All Girls

"I Am All Girls" on Netflix

A masked killer is at the heart of the mystery in “I Am All Girls”.
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Fair warning: this one isn’t an easy watch. Inspired by true events, the film begins with the interrogation of Gert van Rooyen, a South African sex offender who was suspected in the abductions of six young girls in the late ’80s. Set in the present day, the movie uses van Rooyen’s alleged crimes as a jumpin-off point, with a detective working to uncover a child trafficking ring while also investigating a serial killer who seems to be exclusively targeting the criminals involved. Donavan Marsh’s movie is a blend of mystery and thriller, a how-deep-does-this-go conspiracy that leads from dilapidated drug dens to the halls of government — uncovering a series of grim revelations with roots that go back 30 years. — S.H.

How to watch: I Am All Girls is now available to stream on Netflix.

6. I Am Mother

"I Am Mother" on Netflix

Friend…or foe?
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The problem with robots is you can never tell what they’re thinking. This is a lesson we’ve had drilled into us time and again in the sci-fi space, and Grant Sputore’s futuristic mystery — about a girl being raised by a robot in a post-apocalyptic bunker — is of course no exception. Starring Hilary Swank, Clara Rugaard, and Rose Byrne, the suspense in this one comes hand-in-hand with the blank, impenetrable gaze of Mother (the robotic carer in question), before cranking into overdrive when a stranger’s arrival casts suspicion on the metal guardian’s real role.* — S.H.

How to watch: I Am Mother is currently streaming on Netflix.

7. I’m Thinking of Ending Things

"I'm Thinking of Ending Things" on Netflix

All is not what it seems.
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Is this the most entertaining movie on this list? Almost certainly not. But is it the best mystery? Well, judging by how incredibly confused I was when I finished watching it, possibly. Writer/director Charlie Kaufman’s story about a student travelling to meet her boyfriend’s parents for the first time is a head-scratching psychological nightmare that feels like watching a reality break for two straight hours. There’s plenty of deep writing, philosophical musings, and reality-bending clues, all of which add up to a very Lynch-esque feeling that what we’re watching isn’t as it seems. But what are we watching? The answer might take some figuring out. — S.H.

How to watch: I’m Thinking of Ending Things is now available to stream on Netflix.

8. Lost Girls

"Lost Girls" on Netflix

Shannan Gilbert’s family, played by Thomasin McKenzie, Amy Ryan, and Ooana Laurence.
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Based on the real disappearance of Shannan Gilbert in 2010 and her mother Mari’s attempts to find her, Lost Girls is a dark exploration of events surrounding an infamous serial killer cold case that places a focus on the families left behind. Liz Garbus directs with a sense of grim realism, while Amy Ryan is a picture of angry desperation as she goes up against a police force that seems apathetic at best, and incompetent at worst. — S.H.

How to watch: Lost Girls is now available to stream on Netflix.

9. No One Gets Out Alive

"No One Gets Out Alive" on Netflix

Cristina Rodlo stars in this claustrophobic nightmare.
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More horror than mystery? Perhaps. But Santiago Menghini’s claustrophobic haunted house tale, based on an Adam Nevill novel of the same name, still comes with plenty of questions. Questions like why does the boarding house that Mexican immigrant Ambar (Cristina Rodlo) arrives at have so many locked doors? And what are the noises she keeps hearing at night, and the nightmares about a strange stone box that she keeps seeing when her eyes are closed? You’ll have a hard job guessing, but this tense and well-written thriller will have you trying until the end. — S.H.

How to watch: No One Gets Out Alive is now available to stream on Netflix.

10. Oxygen

"Oxygen" on Netflix

Uh, how did we get here? And where’s the exit?
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A futuristic twist on the fear of being buried alive, Alexandre Aja’s Oxygen is a claustrophobic nightmare about a woman who wakes up in a cryogenic box with no idea of who she is or how she got there. The good news? She’s able to communicate with the outside world via a robotic medical unit called M.I.L.O. The bad news? Nobody she speaks to seems willing to come clean with her, and her oxygen reserves are quickly spiralling toward 0 percent. Mélanie Laurent perfectly captures the short-breathed dread of this role, and Christie LeBlanc’s screenplay has enough twists and turns to keep the story racing along at a heart-pounding pace. Just tread carefully if you have a fear of tight spaces — this one won’t be a fun watch for claustrophobics.* — S.H.

How to watch: Oxygen is currently streaming on Netflix.

11. The Perfection

"The Perfection" on Netflix

Logan Browning and Allison Williams star as musical protégés in “The Perfection”.
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This isn’t the kind of movie you want to be watching while you eat. Richard Shepard’s musical nightmare leans heavily into the body horror genre, with protégés Charlotte (Allison Williams) and Lizzie (Logan Browning) going on a truly hellish journey that starts with a bus ride through rural China and ends with them revisiting the prestigious music school where they both trained — and where all is clearly not as it seems. Tread carefully, because this story is really not for the faint-hearted — but it is full of surprises. — S.H.

How to watch: The Perfection is now available to stream on Netflix.

12. Things Heard and Seen

"Things Heard and Seen" on Netflix

Amanda Seyfried has a pretty grim time of it in “Things Heard and Seen”.
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Don’t let the low Rotten Tomatoes score put you off. Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s Things Heard and Seen — based on the novel All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage — is one of those films that’s sure to divide people. It hovers between multiple genres, splicing drama and thriller with horror and mystery in a balancing act that could easily be off-putting to some. The film follows a young couple – Catherine (Amanda Seyfried) and George (James Norton) – whose decision to move into a farmhouse in upstate New York leads to the discovery of some fairly unsettling secrets (both of the ghostly and the non-ghostly variety). Don’t go into it expecting straight horror, though, or you’ll be disappointed. But if you like well-drawn characters and plenty of simmering dread, it’s worth checking out. — S.H.

How to watch: Things Heard and Seen is now available to stream on Netflix.

13. What Did Jack Do?

"What Did Jack Do?" on Netflix

What did you do, huh? WHAT DID YOU DO?
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For a truly baffling mystery, it’s time for you to watch David Lynch asking a suited monkey if he’s ever been a card-carrying member of the Communist party. It’s a genuine thing that happens in David Lynch’s What Did Jack Do?, a 17-minute film which sees the director interrogating a monkey called Jack in a train carriage.

Co-presented by Lynch’s company Absurda and Parisian contemporary art museum Fondation Cartier, the film was written, directed, and edited by Lynch himself. Along with a small crew, he also did the sound editing, set design, and assisted with set construction.

We won’t spoil what happens, but look out for a cameo from actor Emily Stofle (Twin Peaks star and David Lynch’s wife), and make sure you stick around for the catchy musical number toward the end. Yes, you read that right.* — S.H.

How to watch: What Did Jack Do? is now streaming on Netflix.

14. The Guilty

"The Guilty" on Netflix

Jake Gyllenhaal is on top form.
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Following a cop with an anger problem during a 911 dispatch shift, The Guilty sees Jake Gyllenhaal at his vein-bursting best in this twisty thriller about a kidnapped woman.

“With the camera focused on him for almost the full 90 minutes in The Guilty, Gyllenhaal combines all [his] skills into one excruciatingly tense performance,” I wrote in my review. “He throws himself into the role of detective-turned-911-dispatcher Joe Baylor with so much anger, pain, and sadness that you’re forced to go through every single emotion with him.”* — S.H.

How to watch: The Guilty is now streaming on Netlfix.

15. The Platform

"The Platform" on Netflix

How far down does it go?
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Prison cells are stacked one on top of the other, with holes in the floor and ceiling. Randomly-assigned levels change each month. And a platform of food gets slowly lowered from the very top, getting sparser and sparser with each floor it descends. This is the concept at the centre of Spanish director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia’s The Platform, a disturbing sci-fi thriller that wears its capitalist analogy plainly on its prison garb sleeve. It’s one of those rare gems where the execution is as strong as the idea at its core, driven by an excellent screenplay from David Desola and Pedro Rivero that’s dripping with horror and suspense. If you’re a fan of movies like The Cube or Saw, this is well worth checking out.* — S.H.

How to watch: The Platform is now streaming on Netflix.

Need even more streaming recommendations? Mashable has so many streaming guides for you to make your way through. You can find:

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  • And even the most ridiculous teen dramas. Seriously, we have ALL the streaming advice.

*This writeup also appeared in a previous Mashable list or article.

UPDATE: May. 17, 2022, 4:06 p.m. EDT This article was originally published in Nov. ’21 and updated in May ’22.

Every single chaotic time card in ‘Candy.’ That’s it.

A woman (Jessica Biel as Candy Montgomery) wearing glasses and surrounded by different timestamps that read

Candy, one of the latest streaming installments in the controversial true crime genre, is a whirlwind. And not just because of the events that inspired it.

The five-episode Hulu series stars Jessica Biel as Candy Montgomery, a Texas woman accused of brutally murdering her friend Betty Gore (Melanie Lynskey) in 1980. It’s based on real events, and like so many other on-screen stories, Candy doesn’t follow a linear timeline. The limited series relies heavily on flashbacks and flash-forwards to give viewers a full picture of the events that led up to Gore’s murder, as well as the trial that followed. It’s crucial information, especially for those unfamiliar with the case. So, the fact that Candy took the time jump route isn’t the problem. The time cards are.

Candy‘s opening sequence shows imagery of a clock and features the date, “Friday the 13th, 1980,” which is when Gore was killed. The first scene, in which Biel’s character delivers an important monologue, ends on the first time card of the series, which reads: “the night before.” The series the cuts to the Gore family and gives us our second time card over a shot of Betty: “the day she died.” Admittedly, the time cards in the first episode are FINE, because everything clearly takes place on the day Betty Gore died. It’s when Episode 2 kicks off with a “two years before she died” time card that things really start to spiral.

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Over the course of Candy‘s five episodes, I clocked more than 20 time cards, all of which vary in formatting. Some show specific hours of the day (like 2:00 p.m.), others feature year-long jumps (two years later), a few showcase leaps in months (three months later), several time cards simply display days of the week, while others leap far into the future (“6 years later Don Crowder ran for Governor of Texas”). The lack of consistency and specificity present throughout the cards is frustrating. But there’s another factor fueling my exasperation. Candy‘s timeline is especially messy because it doesn’t always use time cards to show significant jumps. Sometimes the series just flashes back without warning and the only only reason you know it’s a flashback is because you see Betty alive. Other times we jump to a courtroom scene without warning. It’s pure chaos.

People can barely keep track of time IRL, Candy, and you’re going to put us through THIS? SpongeBob has better time card management for goodness sake.

Had this story been told in chronological order, I’m sure it would have been much easier on viewers. But as someone who’s successfully followed, and even enjoyed, a fair share of jumbled TV timelines over the years (hello, This Is Us), I’m confident there was a cleaner way to bring viewers up to speed. Perhaps start off on the day of the murder, do one big flashback, and work your way up to the trial. But don’t start off on the day of the murder, flash back, flash forward, flash forward forward, flash back again, rinse and repeat until viewers are so confused about where they are in time that they’re distracted from the overall narrative.

It’s worth noting that HBO Max is also adapting the Montgomery/Gore murder in six-episode limited series — Love and Death, starring Elizabeth Olsen. So it’ll be interesting to see how they handle the timeline.

For now, it brings me no pleasure to present every single chaotic, headache-inducing time card from Candy. (I’m almost certain I didn’t miss any, but they’re so random and fleeting that if you so much as blink at an inopportune time you might miss one.)

Episode 1: “Friday the 13th”

A screenshot from Hulu's "Candy" which shows a woman sitting in front of a fireplace. The screen reads, "the night before."


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A screenshot from Hulu's "Candy" which reads, "the day she died." A woman is pictured standing in a driveway, holding a baby.

OK…still fine but please don’t make this a thing.
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A screenshot from Hulu's "Candy" which reads, "2:00pm."

Still the same day! Just 2:00pm.
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A screenshot from Hulu's "Candy" which reads, "9:00pm."

Still the same day! Just 9:00pm.
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A screenshot from Hulu's "Candy" which reads, "11:30pm."

Still the same day! Just 11:30pm.
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Episode 2: “Happy Wife, Happy Life”

A screenshot from Hulu's "Candy" which shows a woman and the text "two years before she died."

Not the day she died. Two YEARS before she died!
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A screenshot from Hulu's "Candy" which reads "two years later."

Annnnnnd we’re back!
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A screenshot from Hulu's "Candy" which reads "one month later."

Can we get the name of the month? A year perhaps?
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Episode 3: “Overkill”

A screenshot from Hulu's "Candy" which reads "two months later."

Two months later, aka baby shower time.
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A screenshot from Hulu's "Candy" which reads "three months later."

Three months after those two months after that one month.
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Episode 4: “Cover Girl”

A screenshot from Hulu's "Candy" which reads "friday, june 13th, 1980."

Finally, some specifics.
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A screenshot from Hulu's "Candy" which reads "the day she died."

Another time card immediately after that? Here we go again!
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A screenshot from Hulu's "Candy" which reads "saturday."

Aka one day later.
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A screenshot from Hulu's "Candy" which reads "sunday."

Aka two days later.
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A screenshot from Hulu's "Candy" which reads "monday."

I guess three days later?
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A screenshot from Hulu's "Candy" which reads "tuesday."

Another day.
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A screenshot from Hulu's "Candy" which reads "wednesday."

We get it. A week is going by.
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Episode 5: “The Fight”

A screenshot from Hulu's "Candy" which reads "Allan married Elaine shortly thereafter."

What day of the week was it though?
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A screenshot from Hulu's "Candy" which reads "6 years later Don Crowder ran for Governor of Texas."

Help.
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A screenshot from Hulu's "Candy" which reads "Candy and Pat divorced 4 years later."

So they divorced before Don Crowder ran for Governor?
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A screenshot from Hulu's "Candy" which reads "Candy relocated, changed her name, and started a new life."

When!
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A screenshot from Hulu's "Candy" which reads "As a mental health counselor."

Not a time card technically, just cursed.
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Candy is now streaming on Hulu.

Donald Trump’s Truth Social launches a web app

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Prepare to see a lot more Donald Trump on social media again. Truth Social is no longer siloed behind an iOS-only mobile app.

Trump’s alternative social network, Truth Social, pushed out a notification on Friday to its current iOS app users informing them that a web version of the platform is now available. 

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Truth Social Push Notification

Truth Social’s push notification announcement about the launch of the web app.
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“TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS,” the Truth Social notification reads. “The Truth Social Web App is now available! Tell them to go to https://truthsocial.com for more info.”

Users who visit the Truth Social website will now find a full-fledged web-version of the platform, where they can log in, post to their feed, and view content from other Truth Social users. Previously, those who went to the Truth Social website were just shown a landing page encouraging visitors to download the iOS app.

Much like Truth Social’s mobile iOS app, the web app also looks and acts much like a Twitter clone.

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Here’s what the Truth Social web app feed looks like when a user is logged in.
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Truth Social was previously only available to users on Apple iOS devices, such as the iPhone. Yes, the iPhone has a huge smartphone market share. However, roughly half of mobile users have a non-iOS device. Now, basically anyone with internet access can sign up and create an account on Donald Trump’s social media platform.

However, Android users are still waiting for a Truth Social app specifically for their device. According to Rolling Stone, this has irked the former president. Reports say that Trump has been privately complaining that Google was trying to “fuck” him.

According to Rolling Stones’ source, however, the truth is that Truth Social hasn’t even submitted an Android app to the Google Play store yet.

Still, though, the launch of a web app is significant. Truth Social profiles and posts will now be completely shareable on other platforms. Using the iPhone app, if you want to share a Truth Social post on another platform, you have to take a screenshot. Now, Truth Social users will be able to post links directly to any account or post. In turn, non-Truth Social users will have direct access to sign up and engage with content on the site. (Note: Internal Truth Social links currently require users to login to their account in order to see the content.)

Truth Social Sign Up Page

Users can sign up on Truth Social via the web for the first time.
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In short: It’s going to be a lot easier for Trump’s fanbase to share his content on other platforms.

Launched in February, Truth Social struggled during the first few months. Downloads plummeted after the initial rush to download due to a long waitlist of users wanting to sign up. However, in recent weeks, Trump finally started posting on his own platform, which has helped give the conservative social network another bounce. 

Truth Social announced a public beta of the web app just last week. According to a press release from Wednesday, the initial web app rollout was scheduled for some time over the next week or two. However, the social network delivered early when it comes to the web app at least.

No word yet on when Truth Social will submit an Android app so Trump can stop complaining about Google. 

The best laptop deals as of May 20: Chromebooks, gaming laptops, and more

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UPDATE: May. 20, 2022, 2:50 p.m. EDT This list has been updated to reflect pricing and availability as of May 20.

  • BEST SAMSUNG DEAL: Samsung Galaxy Book Pro, a nice alternative to the similarly priced MacBook Pro — $909.99 $1,099.99 (save $190)

  • BEST GAMING DEAL: Razer Blade 15, a powerful gaming laptop that’ll keep you playing on the go — $1,616.99 $2,599.99 (save $983)

  • BEST 2-IN-1 DEAL: Asus Chromebook Flip C434, an affordable 2-in-1 for those who want the basics of a laptop and a tablet at once — $418 $569.99 (save $151.99)


What’s better than a great laptop? A great laptop that’s cheap. Nowadays, even budget machines can pack the punch to carry you through whatever’s on your to-do list, whether it’s work, watching Netflix, or endlessly browsing social media. If you’re looking to pick up a new laptop but don’t necessarily want to drop your life savings in one go, we’ll be compiling a list of the best deals on cheap laptops right here, each and every week.

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Best Samsung deal

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Our pick: Samsung Galaxy Book Pro

Save $190 at Samsung

Why we like it

We love Apple, but MacBooks aren’t the only laptops out there. The Samsung Galaxy Book Pro is a nice alternative to the similarly priced MacBook Pro, with a stunning display, a speedy 11th-gen Intel Core processor, a 20-hour battery life, WiFi 6E support, and a sleek, ultra-thin design.

Best gaming deal

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Our pick: Razer Blade 15 Advanced

Save $983 at Amazon

Why we like it

The Razer Blade 15 Advanced model is packed with solid internals that’ll work well for PC gaming newbies and seasoned players alike. Under the hood, you’ll get a 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10875H processor with up to 5.0 GHz max turbo and 8 cores, as well as an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card that has the power to run some pretty visually intense games. The 300Hz screen provides buttery-smooth frame rate performance and offers full HD visuals within a bezel-less display. It’s all housed within a thin, compact body that you can take anywhere.

Best 2-in-1 deal

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Our pick: Asus Chromebook Flip C434

Save $151.99 at Amazon

Why we like it

Having your laptop and your tablet in one place is a convenience you need in your life. The Asus Chromebook Flip C434 is a fantastic budget 2-in-1 device, with speedy performance, a full HD touchscreen, and components that should be able to handle all of your daily tasks.

More great laptop deals

  • Dell Vostro 7510 — $949 $1,827.14 (save $878.14)

  • Dell Inspiron 3510 — $485 $525 (save $40)

  • Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio — $1,599.99 $1,799.99 (save $200)

  • Asus Vivobook — $399.99 $449.99 (save $50)

  • Lenovo Flex 5 — $599.99 $849.99 (save $290)

  • Lenovo IdeaPad 3 — $164.99 $219.99 (save $55)

  • Lenovo IdeaPad S340 — $649 $799.99 (save $150.99)

  • Acer Swift 3 — $606 $849.99 (save $243.99)

  • Acer Predator Triton 500 SE Gaming Laptop — $1,349.99 $1,749.99 (save $400)

  • Acer Predator Triton 300 SE Gaming Laptop — $999.99 $1,349.99 (save $350)

  • HP 14 Laptop — $229.99 $299.99 (save $70)

  • HP Pavilion 15-inch gaming laptop — $828.87 $899.99 (save $71.12)

  • HP 15-inch Laptop — $501 $659.99 (save $158.99)

  • HP Chromebook 11 — $139 $259.99 (save $120.99)

How to shop for a new laptop:

Choosing a laptop is entirely dependent on what you’ll be using it for. Beginner laptop owners need something user-friendly and straightforward, frequent travelers need something light with a long battery life, designers and gamers need top-notch 4K graphics and quick central processors, and everyone needs something that will last. 

The first thing you should do is ask yourself a simple question: PC or Mac? This is an important question, as it’s going to make a world of difference in what you can and can’t do with your computer. Are you a gamer? A video editor? A business professional? An Apple device owner? The answer to any of these will probably point you towards your final answer. If you’re constantly buying the new iPhone every year, editing YouTube videos, recording a podcast, or other creative endeavors of the sort, your best bet may be a Mac laptop. Apple obsessives will be happy with their Mac’s compatibility with their other Apple products, and everyone can benefit from Macs’ propensity to have better virus protection than that of a PC. 

That brings us to the perks of picking up a PC. You can still complete a number of creative projects on a personal computer, but where PCs really shine are their options for customization. PCs are much easier to upgrade part-by-part, as they aren’t constrained to Apple-manufactured products (like Macs). And because there is a seemingly endless supply of PC manufacturers, there are a lot more options from what brand you chose, to the software you buy, to the type of graphics card you pick out for your gaming rig. Yes, gamers should always go the PC route — they are far more powerful than what a Mac laptop can handle, and also give you the option to connect VR headsets, if you’re into that sort of thing.  

What size laptop should you get?

This really comes down to two things: Personal preference and lifestyle. Personal preference is self-explanatory, really — do you like having a huge display, or do you prefer something more compact? Lifestyle is where practicality comes into play. If you’re traveling often and usually have your computer on your back in some way, you’re going to want to go with something more light and compact (thin, 11-inch models will most likely be the best). But if you’re a huge movie buff who doesn’t normally take their laptop on the road with them, spring for a 15-inch (and higher) screen with a bulky construction so you can have epic Netflix sessions. If you’re getting a gaming laptop, you should probably “go big or go home,” as well.  

How much should you spend on a new laptop?

This is much more subjective, and at the end of the day, it’s really going to come down to your budget. But, if money isn’t the number one concern for you, you should really think hard about what you’re going to use your laptop for. Need a device with lots of power under the hood and bountiful storage space? Aim for something in the $800 and beyond range. Only using your laptop to edit the occasional Google Doc? Then you can probably get away with spending way below the $500 mark. In other words, don’t blow your savings if you don’t need to. And if you’re looking to go all out, meaning buying a laptop with every bell and whistle imaginable, you can get a monster of a machine for somewhere closer to $2,000.

Are cheap laptops worth it?

You know the old saying: You get what you pay for. But thanks to the technology boom of the last few decades, a cheap laptop can actually take you pretty far and won’t break down immediately. It’s all about knowing which one to select. Depending on what you use your laptop for the most, staying stingy might be your best option. Check out our roundups for the ones that we think are worth it — here are our favorite cheap laptop models under $500, and the best under $300.  

What does it mean when a laptop is certified refurbished?

Don’t let the words “refurbished” or “renewed” scare you away — these types of devices are usually perfectly viable options and can end up saving you a lot of money without sacrificing much of anything.

A refurbished device, in its simplest terms, is a product that has been bought, but then returned for some reason. Notice that we didn’t necessarily say that it was returned due to some sort of fault on the device’s part. While that can certainly be true in some cases, it isn’t always. Oftentimes, a certified refurbished laptop never even left its original packaging.

While yes, saving money is a huge benefit of buying a “refurb,” it’s far from the only reason to consider getting one. What’s great about refurbished devices is that they undergo rigorous performance tests to ensure that they are still in good condition (sometimes more strictly than the stuff coming right off the production line). There’s also a chance that any refurbished laptop you buy may have been so lightly used, that it could almost be considered brand-new (just way cheaper).

We’re big fans of buying refurbished gear for kids, especially when it comes to electronics. If you’re shopping for a laptop for a kid who is under the age of 15, then refurbished is really the way to go. For kids of high school age and beyond who are a bit more careful with their digital gear, then a new laptop isn’t as risky. Of course, it depends on the kid.

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Score 3 months of Hulu for just $1 per month this National Streaming Day

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SAVE $17.97: New and eligible returning Hulu subscribers can get their first three months of its ad-supported plan for just $1 per month through May 27. It usually charges $6.99 a month, so you’ll be saving 85%.


Happy National Streaming Day from Hulu.

Now through Friday, May 27 at 11:59 p.m. PT, you can get your first three months of the streaming service’s ad-supported plan for just $1 per month. (Note that the offer is only open to new and eligible returning Hulu subscribers, the latter being anyone who’s canceled a plan at least a month ago.) That’s a whole 85% off its standard monthly price of $6.99, and likely the cheapest rate you’ll find outside of its usual Black Friday promotion.

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Hulu offers an unbeatable value as far as streaming services go even when its plans aren’t on sale, with a library of thousands of TV shows and movies that includes must-see originals like Conversations with Friends, The Dropout, Pam and Tommy, and Only Murders in the Building. (Hulu is now the only place where you can get your Kardashian-Jenner fix, too, FWIW.) Subscribers have the ability to create up to six user profiles and watch on any TV, laptop, phone, or tablet for on-the-go entertainment.

If you sign up, be sure to visit hulu.com/pcgamepass at some point before July 23 — that’s where you can claim three free months of PC Game Pass as part of Hulu’s new partnership with Xbox.

Your Hulu subscription will renew at the regular $6.99-a-month rate as soon as those three $1 months are up, so be sure to cancel your plan before then if you don’t want to shell out more.

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$1/month for your first 3 months (save 85%)

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‘Three Thousand Years of Longing’ trailer: Idris Elba is Tilda Swinton’s genie in a bottle

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George Miller’s latest act is pure wish-fulfillment.

This first trailer for Three Thousand Years of Longing sets up a genie in the bottle story that stars Idris Elba as the wish-granting Djinn and Tilda Swinton as the lucky(?) wisher, Dr. Alithea Binnie.

For her part, Dr. Binnie is a historian with a particularly deep understanding of mythology — and tales of wishes gone horribly wrong, by extension. So, the Djinn’s arrival fills her with uncertainty. Since the magical being is just three granted wishes away from being set free, he digs into his own past to share stories aimed at helping his new master decide.

Aladdin this ain’t. Three Thousand Years of Longing looks every bit the visually arresting madcap adventure that fans of Miller’s modern work have come to expect.

Three Thousand Years of Longing opens only in theaters Aug. 31.

‘Love, Victor’ Season 3 trailer is a bittersweet high school goodbye

A boy in a denim jacket standing on a lit-up ferris wheel at night.

Love, Victor may end with its third season, but there’s still time for a last high school hurrah for Victor, Felix, Pilar, Lake, Benji, Rahim, Mia, and Andrew.

The trailer for Season 3 picks up with an answer for last season’s finale cliffhanger, with Victor choosing to date his first crush Benji over his Season 2 love interest Rahim. His choice, however, is only the beginning of his journey’s end. As Victor grapples with Benji’s personal issues and his continued interest in Rahim, Pilar and Felix’s relationship bumps up against Lake’s newly discovered bisexuality as well as her new girlfriend.

Love, Victor has always been a master class in mining truth from expertly applied YA tropes, and this trailer is packed with them — along with the promise that this series will stick its landing with a bittersweet high school goodbye.

Love, Victor Season 3 premieres on Hulu and Disney+ on June 15.

Younger sisters on TikTok bond of the woes of having an older sister

Examples of the three trends covered.

TikTok this week was an emotional roller coaster. From younger sisters sharing the diabolical things their older sisters to Black men joyfully frolicking through fields.

Younger sisters bond over their evil older sisters

Younger sisters are divulging the hilarious horrors their older sisters put them through growing up. The trend is set to a classical piano cover of “Congratulations” by Mac Miller, performed by @bigzitti. Over 246,000 TikToks have used @bigzitti’s cover.

One popular example of the trend is @ldooog’s video that reads, “My older sister once told me it was courteous to shit in the backyard so the dog wouldn’t feel self conscious. She explained now that I was 8, I was old enough to take over this job for the family. I proceeded to pull down my pants and take a shit in the middle of our lawn in front of both my parents doing yard work.” Yikes! Another video posted by @nil.sani says, “My sister would ask if I wanted to play Cinderella. She always let me be Cinderella. I would clean every inch of her room…”

I never had the older sister experience, so I wasn’t privy to the psychological warfare older sisters wage. Perhaps check in on the girls with older sisters in your life.

The Cinderella example of the trend.

Diabolical!
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Sorry I don’t have any change

Women are responding to men who harass them on the street by saying, “Sorry I don’t have any change,” and reporting their experience on TikTok.

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This trend was inspired by @kyleprue’s “Things you can say to piss men” series. In the series, Prue aspires to “socialize emotional violence.” In his May 8 installment he suggests women say, “Sorry I don’t have any change,” to men who are harassing them. Later in the video, Prue backs off his suggestion and jokingly says, “I cannot recommend the last one, and that’s because of the history of murder.” The video received 2.5 million views and over 524,000 likes.

The women who have tried this line out and shared the encounters on TikTok are pleased with the shocked reaction it evokes. “The look on their face! Thank you whoever started this because that is the money shot right there,” shared @katycomer in a video that acquired 420,000 views and 72,000 likes.

Black men frolicking

The most joyful part of TikTok this week is the threads of Black men frolicking through lush, green fields. The trend began with @thexsadxoptimistic’s video where he runs through a meadow of yellow flowers in a bright pink tee shirt while exclaiming, “Oh my god! I am frolicking!” His video garnered 2.9 million views and over 730,000 likes.

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The originator of the Black men frolicking trend.
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The joy from @thexsadxoptimistic proved to contagious and inspired other Black men to go on romps of their own. The tag “frolicking” has over 8.8 million views and “black men frolic” has 103,000 views and counting. Black TikTokkers are both posting their own frolicking videos and stitching frolicking videos creating threads where you can watch several larks in the park at once.

This isn’t the first time frolicking went viral back in August 2020 @itsMalikEl tweeted about the joys of frolicking and reminded us to get outdoors.

I hope this inspires you to do a little frolicking of your own this weekend.

You can watch the chilling first eight minutes of ‘Stranger Things 4’ right now

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We’ve got our first glimpse of Stranger Things 4, and, boy, is it a lot.

Netflix released the first eight minutes to watch on Youtube, but these eight minutes left us with a lot more questions than answers. The sequence is an extended flashback to 1979, before the main events of the show. Dr. Brenner (Matthew Modine) is still running experiments at Hawkins National Laboratory. Surprisingly, he doesn’t seem as evil as he was in Season 1. Here, he runs tests with a young telepathic boy, named Six. He jokes with him and even encourages him not to push himself too hard once his nose starts bleeding. Who are you, and what have you done with Dr. Brenner?

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Things quickly take a turn for the horrifying when Six says he can see blood, and that another doctor and child are dead. Cue the screams and explosions from outside, one of which kills Six. Dr. Brenner stumbles through the lab, seeing nothing but carnage and corpses. Then he arrives at the Rainbow Room, where he finds the cause of all this destruction… Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown).

Her head? Shaved. Her eyes and nose? Bloody. Her whole vibe? Enraged. Why in the world did Eleven go on a murder spree? And why doesn’t she kill Dr. Brenner along with everyone else? To find out the answers, we’ll just have to wait one more week for Stranger Things 4.

The first seven episodes of Stranger Things 4 hit Netflix May 27, and the last 2 hit Netflix July 1.