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10 classic ’80s films ‘Stranger Things’ needs to reference

By in Press Enterprise on October 24, 2017

By Rob Lowman

The first season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” had more than 20 film references, mostly from flicks of the 1980s. In fact, the streamer refers to the series as a “love letter” to classic films of the era.

There were obvious films cited, like “E.T.,” “Goonies” and the “Alien” franchise with that peopled wall of goo. Of course, Eleven, known as “El” (Millie Bobby Brown) a young girl with psychokinetic abilities, references two Stephen King movies, “Carrie” and “Firestarter.”

We already know in Season 2, the series has “Ghostbusters” and “Karate Kid” and “Gremlins” moments. All were hits in the Summer of 1984 a few months before the Halloween setting of this year’s series.

“Aliens” is referenced again, with Paul Reiser, who was in the James Cameron film and is joining the cast as a suspect scientist. So is “Goonies,” as cast member Sean Astin takes on the role as Joyce’s new boyfriend.

No doubt the series creators, the Duffer Brothers, will undoubtedly feel free to reference whatever types of films they want to in the future, but with Mike, Will, Dustin, Lucas and El middle-school age and are growing up fast, we thought we would look to some classic teen films of the era for inspiration.

Here are 10:

  • Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo in a scene from “Stranger Things 2” (courtesy of Netflix)

  • Millie Bobby Brown in a scene from “Stranger Things 2” (courtesy of Netflix)

    Millie Bobby Brown in a scene from “Stranger Things 2” (courtesy of Netflix)

  • Winona Ryder in a scene from “Stranger Things 2” (courtesy of Netflix)

    Winona Ryder in a scene from “Stranger Things 2” (courtesy of Netflix)

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