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Supercut Shows Stranger Things Side by Side With Its Inspirations

Anna Green

The Netflix series Stranger Things is a thrilling hodgepodge of homages, winks, and direct shout-outs to 1980s pop culture and movies. Though it tells an original story, it draws heavily and explicitly on the works of Steven Spielberg, Wes Craven, Stephen King, Ridley Scott, and more. But while Stranger Things wears many of its references on its sleeve, it’s still fascinating to see just how meticulously the show recreates images from earlier movies.

To that end, French film journalist and director Ulysse Thevenon has created a supercut of memorable moments from Stranger Things placed side by side with the movies they reference. In the video, scenes from the TV show line up, often beat for beat, with movies like E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), and The Goonies (1985). The spoiler-heavy video is a great resource for anyone who has already finished binge-watching the show and wants to learn more about its pop culture origins. It’s also the perfect place to find a few movie recommendations if you’re feeling adrift now that the adventures of Eleven and her pals have come to an end.