Comparison Video Highlights ‘Stranger Things’ Movie References

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If you’ve seen the great Netflix series Stranger Things, you’ll no doubt be aware of the influence films from the 70s and 80s have on everything from the tone, screenplay, to the shots themselves.

The sci-fi series pays clear homage to various films from yesteryear, from E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, to Stand by Me, to Close Encounters of the Third Kind, to The Shining. Vimeo user Ulysse Thevenon has crafted a nice side-by-side comparison video giving us a look at some of the show’s various nods. It’s a fun watch, highlighting many movie references that you probably weren’t aware of when you first saw them.

“It’s probably clear to you that we love the films of the ’70s and ’80s,” creators Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer wrote in an article for EW.

“We grew up particularly obsessed with the movies of Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter, as well as the novels of Stephen King. Although their stories have a wide range of tones, we think they share something essential in common: They all explore that magical point where the ordinary meets the extraordinary.”

If you haven’t seen Stranger Things, do yourself a favour and binge-watch it as soon as possible. The series synopsis reads as follows:

A love letter to the supernatural classics of the 80’s, Stranger Things is the story of a young boy who vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.

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