We get it. Game of Thrones is over and you’re desperately scrambling around for something new to binge on.
Step forward Netflix’s Stranger Times, an 8-part supernatural miniseries set in the 80s that’s one big nostalgia trip. Set around the disappearance of a young boy in a small American town, it’s jam-packed with a shedload of references to 80s movie classics everybody loves.
It even has the decade’s iconic teen star Winona Ryder in its cast.
Netflix describes is thusly:
“A love letter to the supernatural classics of the 80’s, Stranger Things is the story of a young boy who vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.”
One fan of the show has even put together an elaborate supercut highlighting all of the era-defining films creators The Duffer Brothers pulled from – The Goonies, Alien, ET The Extra-Terrestrial, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Shining, Stand by Me and Poltergeist are all reference in Vimeo user Ulysse Thevenon’s brilliant video.
The Duffer Brothers told EW of their inspirations: “We grew up particularly obsessed with the movies of Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter, as well as the novels of Stephen King.
“Although their stories have a wide range of tones, we think they share something essential in common: They all explore that magical point where the ordinary meets the extraordinary.”
Netflix is yet to officially renew Stranger Things for a second season, but the Brothers want to make one – they even have a 30-page outline document mapping out where they want to go.
“If we do get to go back, it’s not a second season as much as a sequel.”
“We don’t answer all the questions by the end of the season — there are definitely some dangling threads,” Matt Duffer told IGN.
“The hope is that it feels satisfying but that we left room and that if people respond to it we can go back into this world. But if we do get to go back, it’s not a second season as much as a sequel.”
Ross Duffer added: “If people respond to this show and we get to continue this story — we had those initial discussions of where we might go with it.
“If there was going to be a season two, we would reveal more of that 30-page document, but we’d still want to keep it from the point of view of our original characters.”