10 ‘Stranger Things’ Scenes Directly Inspired by Cult Movies

A group of misfits getting into trouble, a mean authoritative figure out to get them, and an extraordinary event that triggered everything was the trifecta of many hit movies of the 80s. When the Duffer Brothers brought Strangers Things to Netflix, droves of people tuned in to see it because the series plunged many of them back into the era they grew up in.

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Banking on nostalgia, the Duffer Brothers planted many references to hit TV series and movies from that era throughout the seasons of Stranger Things. They also weren’t shy to almost reproduce some iconic scenes from cult movies honoring the many writers and directors that influenced them to create this successful series.

Stranger Things introduces a tight-knit group of friends who are both lovable and dorky. When one of them disappears, the rest set out on their bikes to find him with the help of Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) in “Holly, Jolly.”

The same theme is seen in The Goonies when the friends set out on their bikes to find a lost treasure to save their homes from foreclosure. It’s no coincidence that in both cases, all the kids travel on bicycles, wear coats, and are out on a quest, and their de facto leaders are both named Mike.

When the government searches for Eleven, the boys flee with her on their bikes, with Eleven riding with Mike (Finn Wolfhard).

In E.T. The Extraterrestrial, Mike and his friends flee from government agents on their bikes, with ET in a basket riding with Mike. In an interesting parallel, when the boys seem cornered in both scenes, a supernatural event happens to get them out of the sticky situation. Eleven lifts a van coming their way up into the air, and E.T. makes the boys fly on their bikes to escape the agents.

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A group of misfits getting into trouble, a mean authoritative figure out to get them, and an extraordinary event that triggered everything was the trifecta of many hit movies of the 80s. When the Duffer Brothers brought Strangers Things to Netflix, droves of people tuned in to see it because the series plunged many of…

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