Since Netflix has just announced that Season Two of Stranger Things will for sure happen, I'm thinking I may need to rewatch Season One just to make sure I didn't miss any hints or clues that may have been revealed in the earlier episodes. I can only imagine where the story will go in the upcoming season.
The Duffer Brothers have written an iconic series that takes place in the 80s when kids rode their bikes to school and did not have cell phones to communicate or social media to capture the moments that modern teens and tweens now share in real time.
From the very first episode, when the game Dungeons & Dragons was introduced, I knew there would be many more pop culture references throughout and they did not disappoint. Here is a list of the movies and stories that I feel inspired the writing of Stranger Things.
There is definitely a hint of alien-like qualities from the Demogorgon type of creature that most characters in the show don't believe is real until they see it for themselves. Stuff of nightmares, for many!
As soon as the character Eleven, known as Elle, is introduced, it's clear that she is not like other children. She hasn't grown up with or around other children and her special powers are quite similar to telekinesis which Drew Barrymore's character in Stephen King's Firestarter also displayed.
A group of four boys with a secret base for their "club" and even a scene where they are walking along the railroad tracks hints to the amazing film which I introduced my oldest son to last summer, Stand By Me. A true classic, coming-of-age film all young adults should see, at least once.
The scenes in Stranger Things when the boys try to escape on their bikes immediately made me think of E.T. I was even expecting Elle to make the bikes when they're being chased by the "bad people," but she made the van fly on its head instead, with better graphics than the 80s filmmakers had to work with.
Besides the fact that this movie poster hangs on the bedroom wall in a few scenes of the Netflix series, the fact that the monster is attracted to the scent of blood is another reference to this great Spielberg film.
Again with the group of four kids on their bikes, getting into various types of mischief together, the connection between the storylines is quite strong, minus the supernatural stuff.
The scene where Elle stares into the TV and the back of her head is viewed along with the fuzzy screen and rabbit ears on top of the TV completely had me thinking of the movie Poltergiest, where the walls of the house are the link between the two dimensions.
I'm not sure where the storyline can go in Season Two, but I'm excited to watch once Stranger Things returns to Netflix. I do think both Stephen (King) and Steven (Spielberg) would approve of where the supernatural series is headed so I hope to see more pop culture references in the coming episodes.