Film | Every 80s Movie Reference in Netflix’s “Stranger Things” Revealed

July 27, 2016  |  Film

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If you haven’t already binge watched Netflix’s epic new series Stranger Things, you should seriously consider calling in sick to work and putting your life on hold until you do. The new sci-fi/thriller series, helmed by nascent filmmakers the Duffer Brothers and set in 1983 (the only spoiler we’ll offer), is a cinematic (on TV) tour-de-force with the production quality of Spielberg’s finest, unbelievable production design, epic storytelling, and almost too many references to classic 80s movies to count. Luckily, movie superman Ulysse Thevenon did, and has put together this amazing side-by-side compilation reel of every movie homage throughout the 8 episode series that shows the Duffer Brothers crafting visual tributes to iconic films like E.T., Goonies, Poltergeist, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Stand by Me, Close Encounters, and Carrie, to name a few. Luckily, for those of us who’ve already watched the series, a second season is already in the air at Netflix (a no-brainer since Stranger Things has already surpassed Orange is the New Black as the network’s most-watched original series), and the Duffer Brothers told Variety there’s no shortage of material in their canon for a sequel: “There’s a lot there we don’t know or understand. Even with ‘The Upside Down,’ we have a 30-page document that is pretty intricate in terms of what it all means, and where this monster actually came from, and why aren’t there more monsters — we have all this stuff that we just didn’t have time for, or we didn’t feel like we needed to get into in season one, because of the main tension of Will. We have that whole other world that we haven’t fully explored in this season, and that was very purposeful.”


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