[quote=“mtkafka, post:13, topic:78687, full:true”]
No you must be thinking of super 8. This show actually feels alot more in depth than anything JJ has done, even Fringe and Lost.[/quote]
I don’t think I am, since I’ve never seen any of those things you listed.
This show is directly quoting many things from 80s SF/horror/nerd culture…some are more subtle*, some less so**, but the allusions to other, better entertainments from the 70s/80s are constant and mostly unmissable. I’m sure very soon someone will put up a canonical list of Things That “Stranger Things” Quotes From on Reddit, and I’ll be interested to see what I missed.
Don’t get me wrong, skilled pastiche can be a good time, and I am enjoying this despite being partially distracted the whole time by the Spot The Reference game the Duffer Brothers are playing. I don’t think this ends up bringing much beyond it’s considerable list of childhood fandoms to the table but it’s a pleasurable way to pass a few hours of a weekend.
(Bonus points for not just taking the hits off of Low-Life and Ocean Rain, but going for deeper cuts.)
* During the scene when Winona sees her son in the wall, there’s a clunking sound coming from the wall. Winona runs outside to see where the sound is coming from and we have a shot of her from down the length of the porch, overlooking a porch swing…that was pretty good.
** Walking down railroad tracks looking for their friend, though they do subvert that a little with The Body having already been found. Winona’s Richard Dreyfus turn with the lights and busting a hole in her house. The monster’s entire Alien-ish presence. The whole main mystery is basically The Talisman and Firestarter with some Poltergeist added.