So! By now you must have seen (or shall I say, binged watched) season 3 of Netflix’s Stranger Things? and yes it was bloomin epic wasn’t it. While season 4 hasn’t been *officially* announced, The Duffer Brothers are very keen to bring back Hawkins favorite detectives, and Netflix surely won’t pass out on the kind of money and media it gets from it.
But in the mean time, cinema will always have your back. Lets take a look at some of the most acclaimed and downright weird and wonderful science fiction films from the 1980s.
- Back to the Future (1985)
An obvious first choice as its the film Dustin, Erica, Steve and Robin hide in from the Russians. Its also just a wholesome and fantastic film, and as it says, it does go, back to the future.
2. The Terminator (1984)
I can only imagine that this film inspired that creepy Russian dude in the secret house, and funfair, did he even have a name? (Honestly couldn’t find one sorry dude). The Terminator in its hay day would have been scary, now its just a bit of a cult film.
3. E.T (1982)
I’ll be honest, this is top of my personal list. E.T is all about the nostelga and beauty of a childhood, with the harsh reality of wondering what else is out there. Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece, is a direct reference to Dustin, Will, Lucas and Mike on their bikes throughout the whole series. Its the all american suburban story with a lot of electricity added to the script. Watch it.
4. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Hey, no science fiction list would be complete without a Star Wars film in there somewhere. The Empire Strikes Back has all the guns and lasers of the previous films, but this one manages to actually make it seem a little normal, much like Stranger Things, Star Wars makes you think “what if”.
5. Gremlins (1984)
I’ve included this one purely because they remind me of the the rats in Stranger Things series 3. Gremlins can’t get wet, else they become these crazy (I mean crazy) creatures that attack people, turn to drinking, smoking, gambling and who knows what else. Sounds like Mrs Driscoll in ST3? Yep.
6. Ghostbusters (1984)
It was probably the go to Halloween group costume for a decade, and it featured in season two of our beloved Stranger Things. Ghostbusters is an iconic film (that doesn’t mean its good) it’s one of those films that’s so bad its good. 100% watch it and pick which part ST took inspiration from!
7. The Goonies (1985)
This well loved and adored 80s kids film is hugely inspiring the Duffer brothers. The Goonies is what most American kids grew up watching, it is nostalgic and adventurous. It’s a little bit obvious in places, but hey its a kids film and it can’t be the most complicated thing in the world can it? The Goonies is family fun, but don’t let a kid watch ST… not quite the same!