By Jay Hunter You don’t have to be a movie expert to notice Stranger Things has a lot of movie references, in particular movies from the 1980’s. But what about those small details you missed?

Here’s 25 things you didn’t know about Stranger Things:

 

25. Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven) had to shave most of her hair off for the show. Of course, Brown found this terrifying. So the Duffers showed her how cool Charlize Theron looked in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), after which Millie agreed to it.

Girl power Girl power

 

24. The state trooper guarding the morgue is reading Cujo by Stephen King. Just one of the show’s many nods to the infamous author.

I tip my hat I tip my hat

 

23. The Hawkins Police Department vehicles and uniforms are identical to those used in Jaws.

This is brand new information! This is brand new information!

 

22. The quarry scene in Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street is the same location used in The Walking Dead Season 1.

Gobsmacked Gobsmacked

 

21. Even the episode titles in Stranger Things are nods to old horror classics. Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street, is a reference to Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone classic, The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.

It's true! It’s true!

 

20. Most of the story in Stand By Me, is about kids travelling along the railroad tracks. The kids in Stranger Things often travel stretches of railroad tracks.

Just don't kill off a Stranger Things character off whilst in line for fast food. Just don’t kill off a Stranger Things character off whilst in line for fast food.

 

19. Coincidentally, Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mike Wheeler, will be starring in a new 2017, IT remake, based on the famous Stephen King book.

With the second name, Wolfhard he could also make an incredible career in the UFC. With the second name, Wolfhard he could also make an incredible career in the UFC.

 

18. In another nod to 80’s movies, Police Chief Jim Hopper is named after the character Arnold Schwarzenegger first goes looking for in the 1987 film Predator.

Man! Man!

 

17. The poster for The Thing Appears several times in episodes, it also appears in the film The Mist based on a Stephen King novel about creatures slipping through a rift of some sort.

Thing-ception Thing-ception

 

16. Officers Powell and Callahan have a similar feel to the paranormal investigator’s assistants (Marty and Ryan) in Poltergeist. Officer Callahan even wears the same style of glasses as Marty.

Crossover overload Crossover overload

 

15. The repeated shots of the Byers’ home with the porch swing in the foreground is a nod to The Evil Dead (1981).

25 things you didn't know about The Evil Dead tease? 25 things you didn’t know about The Evil Dead tease?

 

14. The orange cat hissing at Eleven is similar to Jonesy from Alien and the outfit the little girl wears when following the bulbs is from ET.

I still think Jonesy loved seeing Brett die I still think Jonesy loved seeing Brett die

 

13. When the kids try to kill the monster near the end of episode 8 they use a slingshot and seem to be aiming for the creature’s open mouth. This is very similar to the ending of Stephen King’s IT.

Seriously, how did that scare anyone? Seriously, how did that scare anyone?

 

12. In the scene where Joyce and Jim are walking through the Upside-down in containment suits, Jim examines what appears to be a large egg that has cracked open and is glowing yellow. This is a clear tribute to the same scene in Alien.

In Hawkins, nobody can hear you scream In Hawkins, nobody can hear you scream

 

11. The character of Nancy, is an odd to Nightmare on Elm Street. She dresses similar, even down to her hair. She also arranges (with Jonathan) to set traps for the creature. This is reminiscent of the finale showdown of Nancy with Freddy.

Oh, and the whole wall thing... Oh, and the whole wall thing…

 

10. The acronym for Hawkins Power and Light, the cover name for the secret government agency that unlocked a gateway to another dimension and unleashed the creature with no face, is HPL. A nod to horror author H.P Lovecraft

Off subject, but Nicholson would've made a cool Pennywise, right? Off subject, but Nicholson would’ve made a cool Pennywise, right?

 

9. The font for the credits and episode titles is the same as that used on Dungeons & Dragons source books.

Just this Just this

 

8. Hopper’s trailer reportedly only cost the art department $1 to buy.

Arnie really gets on my lists a lot... Arnie really gets on my lists a lot…

 

7. The official poster for the series was created by Kyle Lambert. It was done in an art style inspired by acclaimed poster/album artwork artist Drew Struzan, who has created official posters for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, E.T. and several others.

Art Art

 

6. Gaten Matarazzo’s (who plays Dustin) voice changed so much by the time production ended that the sound team was unable to use him for additional dialogue recording.

Yay...puberty...yay... Yay…puberty…yay…

 

5. Winona Ryder is admittedly a late bloomer in terms of electronic devices and hereby didn’t know what streaming was, when she was approached for this Netflix series.

TV guides? Where we're gong, we don't need, TV guides TV guides? Where we’re gong, we don’t need, TV guides

 

4. The shed where Will disappears has an upside down horseshoe above the door, which is a sign of bad luck.

#YNWA #YNWA

 

3. The Demogorgon, according to Dragon Magazine, is considered the most powerful villain in the first edition of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. It rules as a Demon Prince of the Abyss, an ever-changing plane of chaotic evil.

That's cool though That’s cool though

 

2. The Duffer Brothers originally wanted to make the upcoming remake of Stephen King’s IT but were turned down. They then went on to make Stranger Things which is why it is littered with homages to Stephen King movies.

You know, three cheers and all that You know, three cheers and all that

 

1. Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers) was born in 1971. The series takes place mainly in 1983. Ryder turned 12 years old that year. She was roughly the same age in real life as all of the main young child characters were in the year the series takes place.

Done. Done.

 

Related – 25 things you didn’t know about James Cameron’s movies

 

Source – IMDb

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