Stranger Things (2016)
Pssst, want to check out Stranger Things in our new look?
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Aside from being set in the 80's, this show, in all of its entirety, is one big homage to 80's pop culture. From the cinematography to the soundtrack, the Sci-fi and Horror culture of the 80's lives in both the narrative and the formal aspects of the series. Many 80's films' influences can be seen throughout; dialogue references to Star Wars, costume and set design inspiration from Alien, and narrative similarities to E.T. flourish throughout the series, but the most prominent two films to have likely influenced The Duffer Brothers were posters hanging on the walls, Jaws and The Thing( a motif brought to light by John when he points out the Evil Dead poster). The films' marks can be seen in the narrative and formal creature design of the Demogorgon. The head and overall look of the creature can be attributed to the monster in The Thing, while Jaws's influence is noted when a few of the protagonists compare the Demogorgon's behavior to that of a shark. The outfits of the local police department are also the exact same as the ones in Jaws, and The Thing is watched in an episode of the series with the boys' teacher commenting on the practical effects of the film. There are many other minute details that the series shares with these two films.
I really don't like horror/thriller. But this is a big OK.
Window dressing to an okay show.
to see which of your friends have seen this movie!