This ‘Stranger Things’ Supercut Is a Chills-Inducing Visual Guide to the Show’s Many Cinematic Nods
By now you've probably watched all eight spine-tingling episodes of the Duffer Brothers' spooky, whimsical Netflix smash, Stranger Things — and if you haven't, you really need to reconsider your life choices ASAP — which means you're likely well aware that the show pays homage to a plethora of nostalgic and iconic '80s films and entertainment.
From Steven Spielberg to John Carpenter to Stephen King, Stranger Things plays as a loving tribute to the sci-fi, horror and family adventure greats of decades past, but a meticulous supercut newly created by French director Ulysse Thevenon illuminates just how loving, in-depth and specific the series' many cinematic references are.
Thevenon’s nostalgia-invoking video positions scenes from Stranger Things side-by-side with the countless films the show was inspired by, from parallels between Elle and Firestarter, to the precious friendship of Will, Dustin, Mike and Lucas and The Goonies, to the creepy Upside Down monsters and Alien.
Indeed, there's a good reason the peculiar world that the Duffer Brothers have created feels so familiar: We've been there before, on abandoned spaceships and beat-up bicycles and in haunted suburban houses.
Watch Thevenon’s mind-blowing supercut above.
And if you're still jonesing for even more Stranger Things content after finishing Episode 8, take a cue from Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin) and Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas) and sing along, somehow, to the show's instantly iconic theme music. De de de de de de de de...
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