Since the first season of Stranger Things hit our screens all the way back in 2016, we've been hooked. Season 3 has recently been released and it seems to be all anyone's talking about. And if you aren't, why not?
If you've already managed to binge watch the entire season, then don't fret. I've got a little something for you while you wait for the next season to be released. Here's a list of the essential movies that you have to watch if you're a dedicated fan of Stranger Things. Keep a tally of how many you've already seen!
1. The Exorcist (1973).I'm sure that you've heard of this classic, right? The world of horror wouldn't exist as it does without The Exorcist.
Will’s possession painted quite a realistic picture of a scene reminiscent of The Exorcist.So give it a watch if you want to see some horrifying scenes similar to the one in Stranger Things.
2. Jaws (1975).Steven Spielberg's first ever blockbuster hit took the world of film by storm. The movie tells the story of how a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt down a great white shark.
And, apparently, "The Demogorgon" was based on the giant shark in Jaws.With all those "teeth," I can see the resemblance...
3. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978).A group of people in San Fransisco find that the whole of the human race is being replaced by clones that are devoid of emotion.
The Duffer Brothers, who created the Stranger Things series, said that this film was an important inspiration.So give it a watch and see if you can detect any connections between the two.
4. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).This Oscar-winning film tells the story of Roy Neary, an electric lineman, whose life turns upside down after an accidental encounter with a UFO.
The Stranger Things scene in which Will sees the "Mind Flayer" replicated this shot.The "Mind Flayer" is a massively powerful being that wreaks havoc as the main antagonist of the series. Check out the film to see how the scenes compare.
5. The Shining (1980).Based on the Stephen King novel, The Shining, is about a father who is forced into violence by a sinister force. His son is able to see horrifying things in the past and the future, which affects current events.
The father in The Shining provided inspiration for, bad boy, Billy Hargrove.Billy was doing fine until the "Mind Flayer" used him as a host and possessed his body. See the similarities? If you haven't seen it already, The Shining is well worth the watch.
6. Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back (1980).A classic watch for all you Stranger Things fans out there. This particular movie focuses on Luke's Jedi training with Yoda and, of course, Darth Vader is still on his quest to capture him.
You'll notice that Yoda's training of Luke is similar to Kali's training of Eleven.In season 2, Kali Prasad helped Eleven to learn how to control her powers and this scene is almost identical to the one that you'll see in Star Wars.
7. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).This one's an emotional one, guys, so prepare the tissues. A friendly "alien" accidentally lands on planet Earth and a child finds the courage to help it to get back home against all odds.
This film was also directed by Steven Spielberg...I mean, if you've not already watched this one, where have you been? E.T. also has a sci-fi element to it that makes it a great watch if you're a Stranger Things fanatic.
8. The Thing (1982).Be warned. This film contains some pretty gruesome scenes. Well, gruesome for 1982. It takes us on an adventure in Antarctica, where a crew discovers that a whole camp has been killed. Whoever or whatever has murdered them is nowhere to be seen. Or is it?
The Duffer Brothers constantly refer to John Carpenter, who directed The Thing.They let fans know that he is an inspiration, plus, apparently, one of the brothers has a poster of this particular film on the wall of his bedroom...
9. Poltergeist (1982).Imagine if your home was haunted by, not one, not two, but a whole bunch of ghosts. That's basically what this film is about.
Steven Spielberg co-wrote the screenplay for the film which influenced the visuals in Stranger Things.The aesthetics in the Netflix series are amazing and really make it worth the watch.
10. Firestarter (1984).Pretty self-explanatory. A couple participate in an experiment which results in them gaining abilities such as pyrokinesis.
Drew Barrymore, who plays the "firestarter," Charlie, has similar qualities to Eleven.So if you like Eleven's character, you'll love Charlie.
11. Gremlins (1984).You've probably referred to naughty children as "Gremlins," right? Or is that just me? Well, regardless, this is where it comes from! A young boy breaks 3 important rules and ends up unleashing a bunch of horrid little monsters on the town.
Dustin’s pet, "Dart," on Stranger Things 2 was inspired by "Gizmo."
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