20 Nostalgic Facts About the Movies That Inspired 'Stranger Things'

20 Nostalgic Facts About the Movies That Inspired 'Stranger Things'

Folks, our favorite scene from Nostalgic Things was when Poindexter Nostalgic (that awkward nerd) and Chad Nostalgic (that dreamy bad boy) fought the terrifying N’ost’Alg’ic monster at the Nostalgia Mall. Damn, what a good show. Anyway, all jokes aside, Stranger Things really milks nostalgia, uh? To be sure, the show has some great moments of originality, particularly in its first, insanely fun season, and in Season 4, which was pretty brutal and awesome. So we don’t mean to trash the show, not at all. But it is also undeniable that it tends to be a bit too obvious with its references and influences (and more influences).

In any case, we here at Cracked love metatextuality so much we even learned the word “metatextuality.” Thus, in this Pictofact we discuss a bunch of movies that have inspired Netflix’s show, most of them belonging to the overrated decade in which a truly world-destroying and mind-scrambling creature of Lovecraftian horror began feeding off of our reality. Now, some of Stranger Things’ influences are clear and overt, while others are inspirations the Duffer brothers have acknowledged as possible subconscious inspirations. Perhaps. But do these references help figure out the show's many, many puzzles and unanswered questions? We don’t know, we’re dumb. What we do know, however, is that Everything Sucks’ use of Tori Amos was way cooler than Stranger Things’ use of Kate Bush, but that didn’t become a meme. Get to it, internet.

Steven Spielberg's 'Poltergeist'

STRANGER THINGS INSPIRATIONS POLTERGEIST Is Poltergeist an unofficial Steven Spielberg movie? There are persistent rumors that he didn't just co-wrote and produce, but was also the real director, with Tobe Hooper only setting up shots. CRACKED.COM

Source: Screen Rant

Oakland Raiders

STRANGER THINGS INSPIRATIONS THE GOONIES Sloth wears a Superman shirt as a reference to Superman, also directed by Richard Donner. And his Oakland Raiders shirt is a shout out to Sloth's own actor, John Matuszak, an actual NFL defensive lineman who played for the Raiders. CRACKED.COM

Source: Ranker

Holy Ship!

STRANGER THINGS INSPIRATIONS THE GOONIES The child actors didn't see the pirate ship before shooting, as Richard Donner wanted to catch their genuine reaction. Too bad that their genuine reaction was to say stuff in the vein of, Holy s#!t so the scene had to be reshot. CRACKED.COM

Source: Ranker

Alternate Ghostbusters

STRANGER THINGS INSPIRATIONS GHOSTBUSTERS Jeff Goldblum, John Lithgow, Christopher Lloyd, and Christopher Walken were all considered to play Egon Spengler, while John Belushi, Michael Keaton, Tom Hanks, Robin Williams, and Chevy Chase were up for Venkman. Yes, we'd totally watch the hell out of all those versions. SPENGLER VENKI CRACKED.COM

Sources: Screen Rant, CBR

John Carpenter's 'Firestarter'

STRANGER THINGS INSPIRATIONS FIRESTARTER This was going to be a John Carpenter movie, but Universal went with Mark L. Lester instead after The Thing's commercial failure. Now, no disrespect to Lester (he has done classics like Commando), but he's no John Carpenter. CRACKED.COM

Source: Wikipedia

My Friend E.T.

STRANGER THINGS INSPIRATIONS Е.Т. THE EXTRA- TERRESTRIAL The movie was shot chronologically, with the puppeteers hidden from the cast, so the children actually developed a caring relationship with the alien. By the final scene, the kids were really saying goodbye to a beloved friend CRACKED.COM

Source: Wikipedia

Comic Carrie

STRANGER THINGS INSPIRATIONS CARRIE Piper Laurie, who played Carrie's abusive mother, thought the movie was supposed to be a dark comedy. Director Brian De Palma had to explain to her that it was a straight horror film, not intended to cause any laughs. CRACKED.COM

Source: Complex


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