25 Times 'Stranger Things' Expertly Channelled Old School Movies

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Alien (1979)

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(Even more 'Alien' vibes in the Upside Down)

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ET (1982)

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Season 1 actually has a lot of ET parallels... From Eleven's first mysterious appearance in the bushes...

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...To her big makeover moment...

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...Not to mention this scene, feat. Mike showing Eleven his fave toy figurines

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The Exorcist (1973)

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Ghostbusters (1984)

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The Goonies (1985): the chubby yet charismatic Dustin has SO much Chunk DNA. Even down to his 'Truffle Shuffle' moment in S01E01 when the school bullies command him to "do the arm thing"

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... while Barb (RIP) takes a lot of her character cues from The Goonies' straight-laced nerdy chick, Stef

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But possibly the show's best 'Goonies' moment is from Season 2, when Bob (played by grown-up Goonies' star Sean Astin) is looking at Will's map and chuckles: "Oh yeah? What's at the X, pirate treasure?" One-Eyed Willie would be proud.

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Gremlins (1984): From the childlike wonder of discovering the cute creature Dart, to the horror of witnessing him turn into a slimy green monster, Season 2 is choccas with 'Gremlins' nods.

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Firestarter (1984): Eleven has a bunch of moments that directly channel Drew Barrymore's character in 'Firestarter'. The show even used the comparison in its marketing promo, referencing the movie's OG poster.

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From his sarcastic wit to his kid-rescuing heroics and refusal to ever leave his favourite hat behind in a danger zone, Sheriff Hopper is Indiana Jones incarnate.

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Stand By Me (1986)

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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

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Halloween (1979): Max's homage to serial killer Michael Myers on actual Halloween night

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(...but this sneaky shot was a much more subtle nod to the seminal slasher flick)

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Poltergeist (1982)

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A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)

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...Plus this nod to A Nightmare On Elm Street's creepy wall monster

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Risky Business (1983): Steve channelling Tom Cruise for his Halloween party costume

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...Nancy also getting in on the Risky Business

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The Warriors (1979)

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Season 2's demodogs and their creepy flower faces bare a striking similarity to the dog from 1982's 'The Thing'

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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)