Stranger Things, a TV show full of 80's movies

Stranger Things is the new hit. And what fans love must of all is hunting for references. Chat are the movies qho inspired Stranger Things creators? Let's have a look.

Stranger Things is full of references and inspirations to fantastics movies of the 80'. «We wanted to do somthing that looked like the movies we watched on the eighties, Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter's, but also Stephen King's books», explains Matt Duffer, one of the showrunners, in Télérama.

Some fans like that so much that they will do whole videos bout them.

References to 70-80's movies in Stranger Things from Ulysse Thevenon on Vimeo.

For those who wants to find this références easily, here is a memo. If you want to go back to the eighties, clic!


Four unexpected heroes hunting ghost in New York (et saving the world at the end of the day). A fantastic buddy movie that went cultfor a lot of fans... Inclunding Stranger Things little guys!


Rule N°1: do not expose it to bright lights or sunlight. Rule N°2: do not let it get wet. Rule N°3: never feed it after midnight. Or it might eat your head off. Stranger Things fans who have seen Season 2 might know what we are talking about here...


The year is 2029, robots have rebelled, but humanity resist. An androïde is sent back in time to kill the mother og the humans's leader. A human is sent back to protect her. A movie that Stranger Things heroes watch too!

Carrie, 1976

The first best-seller of Stephen King was made into movie by Brian de Palma. Book and movies told the same story: Carrie, bullied by other high school students, discovers that she has devastating telekinetics powers. One of the movies american adolescents love to see on Halloween.

Indiana Jones

There is four movies of the beloved adventurer/archeologist, but it the second one, Temple of Doom (1984), that inspired the Duffer Brothers, because it's darker than the other.. «I actually really love Temple of Doom, I love that it gets a little darker and weirder from Raiders, I like that it feels very different than Raiders did, explains Matt Duffer to IGN. Even though it was probably slammed at the time - obviously now people look back on it fondly, but it messed up a lot of kids, and I love that about that film - that it really traumatised some children. Not saying that we want to traumatise children, just that we want to get a little darker and weirder."


A sweet and lost alien and children with bikes. Ring a bell?

Star Wars

A lot of references to Star Wars are hiddenin Stranger Things: Yoda action figure, Mike talking about Eleven's «Jedi Powers», Lucas nicknaming here «Lando» because he thinks she is betraying them… But the most obvious one is on the poster!

The Gooonies (1985)

A children group in an epic adventure? The Goonies comes immediatly to mind. Plus, actor Sean Astin, who played the Goonies'leader, is playing in Stranger Things Season 2!

Stranger Things

And what about Stranger Things itself? The TV show is shot near Atlanta (Georgia).

> Discover other locations from the series on our map here. If you know about more places, you can add them and/or complete the existing ones with pictures, screenshots and comments so that the Fantrippers community can enjoy them!

Follow us !

Share this page on