The Netflix original series, Stranger Things, created by The Duffer Brothers, is the surprise hit of the summer, striking a chord with horror and sci-fi fans, as well as aficionados of 1980’s nostalgia. The show, which centers on the search for a missing boy and the appearance of a young, semi-mute girl with telekinetic powers, is like a love letter to bygone days, and the Duffers pay tribute to their influences at just about every turn. The most obvious shout-outs went to Stephen Spielberg, Stephen King, John Carpenter, and Ridley Scott.
“Easter eggs” and homages to the 1980’s are so abundant, in fact, it’s almost impossible to keep track of them all. Enter Vimeo user Ulysse Thevenon: The uber-fan has created a video essay that cites every pop-cultural reference in Stranger Things. Think you caught them all? Find out by watching Thevenon’s video below.
For a written list of 1980’s pop cultural references in Stranger Things, there’s an article on Inverse that breaks them all down by episode.
If you haven’t seen Stranger Things yet, what the hell are you waiting for?