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Stranger Things: How Netflix’s show pays homage to horror movies from the 1980s. 

Hawkins loves the weird and unusual parts of monster-induced horror. Those are the 80s horror icons that Stranger Things pays homage to. 

Matt and Ross Duffer, the creators of Stranger Things, have said many times that the show is “a love letter to the 80s.” There are some movies from the 1980s that changed the way we think about terror and gave monsters cannon that even nightmares couldn’t match. Is it the same blanket that covers the fans of Stranger Things? 

If you want to get your dice and join a D&D game, you can’t help but watch Stranger Things. It’s almost impossible not to want to play. The show is very much like the movies and books it is based on. It follows a group of kids who have to deal with things that they can’t even imagine. With each season, there is a new piece of pop culture that will be looked at in a new way. However, the Duffer Brothers don’t skimp on their special effects. Most of them are real, which helps them pay even more attention to a time when CGI monsters were rare. On Netflix, Eleven and her friends have been watched more than 582 million hours so far. How does Stranger Things pay homage to horror movies from the 1980s? 

The 80s were a time when there were a lot of monsters that were scary 

John Carpenter’s Halloween made a lot of money in 1978, so the horror genre was able to grow a lot. It was by the 80s that monsters and slashers took over the screen. In the movie Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees was the kind of boy who was always a favorite of his mom. VHS tapes also made these movies more accessible to a wider group of people. It was also true that some of the most well-known horror stars from the 1980s were on screen. Stephen King, who has been called the “king of horror,” made monsters come to life in paperback form. He is also who the Duffer brothers say helped them come up with the idea for Stranger Things and give them a lot of their ideas. 

Pennywise the clown, one of the most well-known characters in Stephen King’s work, leaves a big mark on the first season’s big bad. It’s like a shark that’s on the prowl for people in Hawkins. The demogorgon is a long creature with a head that opens up to a set of sharp teeth. As soon as Will Byers flashes that set of teeth, it is thought that he tried to run away from the creature. The demogorgon looks like an alien and has a set of jaws that look like Pennywise’s in the movie It. In the miniseries, Tim Curry’s Pennywise opens his jaws as he changes into something that can eat. 

During the 1980s, the heart of the decade was 

It was Halloween in Season 2Netflix. Mike, Will, Dustin, and Lucas were all there. Not everything in the town of Hawkins is bad. That’s where the show really has its power, and that’s where the true heart of the show lies. We learn about the boys in season one before Will goes missing. They play Dungeons and Dragons, a game that was very popular in the late 70s and early 80s. In season two, after Will survives being turned upside down, the boys come back. They dress up as the Ghostbusters for Halloween. The two references aren’t scary at all. They talk about things that happen to kids. 

A lot of people have their DNA in the hit sci-fi movie. Stephen King isn’t the only one. As you watch the show, you’ll see a lot of nice things about Steven Spielberg. Stranger Things is a story about friendship and family. Eleven finds a home with her friends and with the brooding Sheriff Hopper, who had lost his own family. In the ruins of their pasts, the two find each other and fall in love with each other. During the seasons of Stranger Things, there are a lot of themes that pay homage to movies made by Spielberg. They always come out on top, no matter how dark, how fantasy-like, or how hopeless things are. Those who come out on top are the ones we always want to help. Spielberg’s Gremlins, even though it looks like a light-hearted movie, has a dark undertone. In season two, the demodogs bring death wherever they go. 


The place to be is

The mall was the heart of American shopping in the 1980s and 1990s. The first shopping mall opened in 1922, but it was more like a walking path with a few shops. Over time, the mall became not only a popular place to hang out, but also the place to go for all of one’s shopping needs. In season three, the mall is one of the main places the Stranger Things gang meets. The kids are now young teens. It’s hard for Will Byers, who hasn’t been home for nearly a year of his childhood, to get used to the group’s new friendship style. The scene is no longer Mike’s basement and board games. It’s a different place. Eleven’s makeover scene set to “Material Girl” is not the only thing viewers get to see. They also get to see Steve go from being their own babysitter to working at Scoops Ahoy. 

Starcourt Mall is also where the Mind Flayer and the group of people they love fight in the show’s last fight scene. It was used in a lot of 80s movies, not just horror, and the mall was the setting. There are a lot of scenes in Fast Times at Ridgemont High that take place in the mall. When the movie starts, the mall opens. When the movie ends, the mall is closed. During their shift at the mall, a group of workers get stuck inside and have to fight off the robots who think they are intruders. It was no accident that the Duffers made the Starcourt the root of the core evil that lurks beneath the floors of the mall. It’s going to be Stranger Things season four in May 2022. It’s going to be full of nostalgia and a new bad guy.

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