Video Shows All Stranger Things References to 70s and 80s Films

For any Halloween or horror fan out there, Netflix’s new series Stranger Things became an instant favorite and was a welcoming ode to the past. While the Netflix original series is amazing in too many ways to name, one of the fan favorites of the series is the nostalgia trip it takes you on. Some of the Stranger Things references to past films were pretty obvious to any sci-fi or horror fan, like Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and The Goonies and Ridley Scott’s Alien. But, much like the mysteries of the show, the 1970s and 1980s movie references go much deeper than that.

So, ready to watch the series all over again and pick out all of those references? Who wouldn’t? But, there’s no need to because fan Ulysse Thevenon was all over that! He put together a 4 minute and 36 second video of pure nostalgia, placing the Stranger Things scenes right next to the original movie clips. You’ll be surprised by just how many 70s and 80s movies series creators Matt and Ross Duffer were inspired by. Other than the more obvious movies we mentioned already, Stranger Things also pulls references from films like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Firestarter, Carrie, The Shining, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and more.

Ulysse’s list of horror and sci-fi movies have us thinking that it makes for a perfect Halloween movie list! So, for easy reference for all of your Halloween-watching needs, see the full list of films below. Of course, some of them aren’t as Halloween-y as others, but you’ll get the idea.

Stranger Things References For A Halloween Movie List:
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Alien
  • The Goonies
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Firestarter
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Poltergeist
  • Explorers
  • The Shining
  • Stand By Me
  • Carrie
  • Commando

If you haven’t gotten on the Stranger Things bandwagon yet, make sure to put it on your list. Netflix’s synopsis is, “When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.” The series stars Winona Ryder (yup, your favorite actress from Tim Burton classics Beetlejuice and Edward Sissorhands), David Harbour, and Matthew Modine.