Here's a video comparing Stranger Things to its many 70s/80s horror/sci-fi references
Like putting on your favourite pair of socks, Stranger Things homages the greats.
Netflix's recent 8-part series Stranger Things was a sci-fi/horror/thriller nerds absolute wet dream. For someone who cites Steven Spielberg as his favourite all-time directors, and Stephen King as one of his favourite horror writers, it was the perfect amalgamation of the two maestros for a show that felt warmly familiar without just being a boring re-hash. It's difficult to toe the line between homage and original ideas (just ask JJ Abrams, who tried real hard with Super 8, but didn't quite hit the mark), but Stranger Things managed to basically pick and choose ideas from a plethora of classic 70s and 80s films and turn it into a new show that still feels fresh and exciting.
How heavily did it borrow from auteurs like Spielberg, King, John Carpenter and Ridley Scott? There's plenty of articles floating around on the web listing each minute little reference, but French journalist Ulysse Thevenon has put a whole bunch of them side by side with the series to illustrate it best. Take a look below, and see how many you got, from films like The Goones, Alien, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, A Nightmare On Elm Street and many more: