Before they were blowing sci-fi fans away with the 1980s throwback series Stranger Things on Netflix, creators Ross and Matt Duffer were cranking out short films and trying to make a name for themselves. So, what were they doing before Stranger Things?
One of their more interesting projects is the short film Eater, which focuses on a small story about a cop and a cannibal. It’s literally a college short, and though it’s certainly a bit raw, you can absolutely see the talent that would eventually be honed to create Stranger Things. Considering how far they’ve come, this film is a fascinating window into their process and how they connect ideas and visual elements — and it even features a few elements that play into Stranger Things.
Here’s the 2007 short film’s simple, but effective, synopsis:
A rookie cop works the night shift at a police station with a cannibal prisoner on the loose.
Check out the short film below and let us know what you think: