Stranger Things

Netflix's newest television series Stranger Things, created and directed by the Duffer brothers (of Hidden), is an homage to the kind of smalltown sci-fi horror pioneered in the 80s by Stephen King and Amblin-era Steven Spielberg with hints of The X-Files and Freaks and Geeks. It's expertly-plotted, has a great cast, meticulous direction, sustained eerie atmosphere, a wonderfully nostalgic opening title sequence, AND... lots of movie references!

These are the ones I picked up on after watching all episodes for the first time. If you saw more, add them in the comments.

UPDATE: Binge! I've also started including season 2 references.

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Poltergeist
  • The Evil Dead
  • The Thing
  • Firestarter
  • Carrie
  • Labyrinth
  • The Dark Crystal
  • Jaws
  • Halloween
  • Super 8
  • Under the Skin
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Minority Report
  • Donnie Darko
  • Star Wars
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Real Genius
  • Weird Science
  • Stand by Me
  • Gremlins
  • Witness
  • Masters of the Universe
  • The Hobbit
  • Alien
  • Aliens
  • Predator
  • Altered States
  • Body Double
  • Blow Out
  • The Fog
  • They Live
  • The Goonies
  • The Dead Zone
  • The Last Starfighter
  • D.A.R.Y.L.
  • The Manhattan Project
  • X-Men
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Scanners
  • Videodrome
  • Risky Business
  • Sixteen Candles
  • Pretty in Pink
  • It
  • House
  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • The Gate
  • Cujo
  • Explorers
  • Akira
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Commando
  • The Karate Kid
  • The Blob
  • All the Right Moves
  • The Mist
  • The Monster Squad
  • The Breakfast Club
  • The Terminator
  • Red Dawn
  • The Secret of NIMH
  • Ghostbusters
  • Fletch
  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch
  • Beetlejuice
  • Mr. Mom
  • St. Elmo's Fire
  • Animal House
  • Flashdance
  • Rocky
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Dracula
  • Frankenstein
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Jurassic Park
  • The Exorcist
  • Scarface
  • Friday the 13th
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • Adventures in Babysitting
  • Tremors
  • Critters
  • Mad Max
  • Mad Max 2
  • Can't Buy Me Love
  • The Warriors
  • The Care Bears Movie
  • Maximum Overdrive
  • Silent Hill
  • The Endless Summer
  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
  • Prisoners
  • Three O'Clock High
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Day of the Dead
  • Night of the Comet
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High