by Stanley Godfrey and Anna Schactler
The Breakfast Club, Back to the Future, and Beetlejuice. The 80s is one of the most remembered decades for its film and TV, and throughout the past 30 years it has been recreated many times.
Luckily, thanks to a new show, Stranger Things, this amazing decade has come alive again.
The Netflix Original created a new world for the science fiction genre. This classic story follows a small town that becomes entangled with the government’s supernatural experiments in 1983 Indiana.
The show directed by Matt and Ross Duffer, tells a very classic story, but Stranger Things brings new perspectives from all characters.
Each and every citizen in this town has a spotlight at some point during the season. From the group of preteens, to the police chief looking for answers, the show is good at following each character authentically through this tale of the supernatural.
With all these traits, the show has had a massive following. The show had a 95% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as a 9/10 on IMDB. Some actors in the show have a large history within the film industry, like Winona Ryder and David Harbour. However, many of the actors are new which gives the show a more realistic sense.
What makes the show the most intriguing, is its setting and style. When watching Stranger Things, you will come across multiple inspirations from the 80s. The plot is a lot like Spielberg’s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and the characters are relatable to that of The Goonies (1985).
As for the music, it resembles old synth tracks done by John Carpenter (director of the movies Halloween, They Live, and The Thing).
“A lot of our favorite blockbusters like ‘Jaws’, ‘Indiana Jones’ and ‘Gremlins’ were all original ideas, and now, it’s very hard to get something like that made.” Said Matt Duffer.
These inspirations to the show are what really makes Stranger Things simulate an 80’s community.
The show has been given a second season. Although they have not started filming, rumors have been floating for the last couple of months.
“A lot of Season 2 is next-level, some crazy stuff, but we must service these characters who are now beloved, who are known to the audience,” Director and producer Shawn Levy stated on a Southern California Public Radio Station.
Although there is not much information yet, there will be thousands of people waiting to see what happens in this 80s paradise.
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