By now, you’ve probably had an opportunity to binge-watch Stranger Things Season 2 at least once. Now comes the secondary entertainment: Easter Egg hunting! Just like Season 1, The Duffer Brothers have stuffed Season 2 with references and allusions to their favorite influences from the 1980’s. How many did you notice?
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The folks at WatchMojo have assembled a list of the Top 10 Stranger Things 2 Movie References! Have a watch and let us know what you think in the Comments section! Did you notice these nods to 1980’s classics? What are some other movie references that you noticed? Let’s discuss!
If you can’t stream, the 10 movie references you probably missed in Stranger Things Season 2 are listed and briefly summarized below the video. Enjoy!
Warning: Below There Be Spoilers!
Official Synopsis: Stranger Things 2 is here, and with it comes a whole new batch of awesome references, easter eggs, and call-backs to classic 80s movies and beyond. From “Gremlins” and “Ghostbusters” to “A Nightmare on Elms Street” and “The Goonies” this season has a movie reference for pretty much everyone. If you don’t recognize these references and haven’t seen the movies referenced, stop what you’re doing and check them out!
The Goonies: Having Sean Astin reference pirate’s treasure in Episode 5 was a stroke of genius!
A Nightmare on Elm Street: Nancy (Natalia Dyer) going to a party at someone named Tina’s house in Episode 2 was a subtle and clever nod to Wes Craven’s seminal slasher masterpiece.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Winona Ryder dancing with Sean Astin dressed as Vlad is a recreation of Ryder’s portrayal of Nina dancing with Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992).
Gremlins: Don’t feed your “pollywog” after midnight, Dustin!
Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind: From aesthetics to the relationship between Will Buyers (Noah Schnapp) and the “Shadow Monster”, there are actually quite a few nods to Steven Spielberg’s first-contact classic.
The Evil Dead: From Hopper’s (David Harbour) cabin in the woods (complete with spooky basement) to the evil vines in The Upside Down, Evil Dead references abound.
Star Wars: Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) finds her Yoda in Eight (Linnea Berthelsen), her “lost sister” who teaches her how to use the force in Episode 7. Eleven’s relationship with her “Papa” Dr. Martin Brenner (Matthew Modine) is very Luke/Vader.
The Exorcist: Joyce Buyers’ (Winona Ryder) meeting with the doctors at Hawkins Lab is reminiscent of Chris MacNeil’s (Ellen Burstyn) medical consultation in The Exorcist. Will also seems possessed by the “Shadow Monster”.
Alien & Aliens: From the demodogs’ molted skin to their coordinated attack in Episode 6, the inhabitants of The Upside Down are very similar to the Alien franchise’s Xenomorphs… mostly.
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Official Synopsis: Joyce (Winona Ryder), is attempting to make things stable for Will and his brother, Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), and she is dating an old high school classmate, Bob (The Goonies’ Sean Astin). “She’s trying to mask a lot,” explains Ryder. “I think she’s made this choice with Bob because she wants a good father figure in her sons’ lives.”
Meanwhile, Hopper (David Harbour) is attempting to keep all the events of last season, like the disappearance of Barb, a secret in order to protect Joyce and the kids. “It kind of falls on Hopper to be the voice of authority to say, ‘This did happen and this didn’t happen,’” says Harbour. “He’s struggling with the compromise that takes him to, having to lie and cover things up.” Siblings Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Mike are also much changed and mourning the (seeming) deaths of friends Barb and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). “She and Mike are both the most screwed-up because they’re the ones who both lost someone,” says co-creator Ross Duffer. “They’re both grappling with that, and we see the effects.”
Shaking up the dynamics in Hawkins is the arrival of another brother-sister duo, Billy (Dacre Montgomery) and Max (Sadie Sink). While Max becomes pals with the boys and attracts romantic interest from Lucas and Dustin (played by actors Caleb McLaughlin and Gaten Matarazzo), Billy doesn’t exactly make friends. Teases Matt Duffer, “Stephen King always has really great human villains. The evil in the real world is often as bad or worse than the supernatural evil, so we wanted to introduce a character like that.”
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