“Stranger Things” is the series to binge on this summer, I absolutely loved it. Secondly it’s very obvious that The Duffer Brothers are fans of The Goonies, E.T., Poltergeist, Gremlins, Close Encounters and fully succeeded in replicating the nostalgic vibe of those movies for the Netflix series this summer. They gave us that special feeling we’ve all missed for so many years, especially if you grew up in those times. People are already clamoring for a second season, so what are we all supposed to do in the meantime? Well I’ve put together a list of some movies that I think likely were an inspiration to the hit series that you might have totally missed out or haven’t seen in a while!
Most of these flicks follow the “Amblin” formula. Amblin cranked out a lot of the spooky 80’s Speilberg style movies. It was a formula that seemed to put kids on dangerous adventures, most often supernatural ones, usually in small towns or the suburbs and most often trying to prove to their parents some crazy story to be true with often times unlucky results. These stories were filled with wonder and most of all they were so undeniably fun to watch that to see a series like Stranger Things in this day and age is a breath of fresh air. So here today in response I’d like to honor 10 of the lesser known movies you’ve gotta hunt down if you dug Stranger Things as much as I did.
1. The Gate (1986) To say they weren’t influenced by this movie when making Stranger Things would be a crime!!
Well it looks as if Netflix has done it again with the totally awesome new ‘Stranger Things’ series! I’ve gotta say thus far being on episode six it’s easily one of my favorite shows ever. I’m hoping these last three episodes will totally deliver the goods. A lot of new movies have tried to replicate the classic 80’s adventure, movies like Super 8 & even the X-men: Apocalypse. None of these movies have really been able to fully channel the vibes of what it was like to be a kid back then but then comes along this series and they NAIL it. It’s thus far the perfect blend of movies like E.T., Firestarter, Poltergeist & The Goonies all wrapped up neatly in a box. Everything down to the wardrobe, the music and the sheer adventure captures that old Amblin/Speilberg vibe perfectly. It’s not a carbon copy tho they’re also bringing the scares in a big way.
Also awesome is to have Winona Ryder back front and center, she of course is a big 80’s crush of mine (duh right?) AND Matthew Modine too, so that definitely adds to the 80’s authenticity of the show. I’m curious what Netflix’s plan is for the series? Is it a one off or are they looking at more seasons? I guess I need to finish it and see where it’s left off. Here’s what The series creators and directors The Duffer Brothers had to say at this time about a possible second season:
“We wanted to do a couple things with this [first] season. We didn’t want to do The Killing thing. We wanted it to resolve that main thing of Will going missing in the first season. So in that sense, it is like an eight-hour movie. Now, we don’t answer all the questions by the end of the season — there are definitely some dangling threads. The hope is that it feels satisfying but that we left room and that if people respond to it we can go back into this world. But if we do get to go back, it’s not a second season as much as a sequel.”
A sequel season sounds great to me, perhaps they could find a few other 80’s icons to flesh it out? Hmmm..Molly Ringwald or Ralph Macchio anyone?! The possibilities are pretty amazing if you think about it. Continue reading
Sometimes when it’s late at night I must admit-I just wanna blog..Yeah maybe I don’t have the scoop on the next great comic book movie, or any real opinion on some lame pg-13 horror movie or maybe not anything clever at all to say about anything. Sometimes I just wanna have a glass of whiskey and listen to a song , watch a video on Youtube that I personally think should be seen by all you late night drinkers. So as I desperately searched for a cool ass puppet themed music vid to post I thought what the fuck-let’s just get a rad song that has some puppet talk in it and post it right here for anyone who just might be as bored as me tonight. We all know that puppets kick major ass-and they can make the world’s most lame band suddenly kick ass when they appear in their rock vids. Well sometimes a band decides just to sing their asses off about puppets. That puppet themed song actually has no puppets in the vid-it’s just a great song by a rad band everyone has heard of…Soul Asylum.
So I already know there are gonna be some ill-informed people here who think Soul Asylum was that one dumb band from the early 90’s who had that lame song “Runaway Train”. Well what people don’t know is that actually Soul Asylum was getting wasted and rockin’ the hell out of the 80’s for a long time before they were featured in Teen Beat mag in the 90’s. Yeah talk about one of the best indie bands of the 80’s-Soul Asylum was IT. They rocked harder than the Replacements, had albums produced by Bob Mould from Husker Du and were hands down one of the best drunken live acts kicin’ your ass with rad guitar riffs and catchy as hell anthems. Straight outta the mid-west, Minnesota to be exact (yeah I am from Wisconsin-deal with it!) These guys were playing my hood religiously back in the day and this song comes from on of the BEST power pop punk albums ever made-Hang Time. Period. If you are really looking to fill a glass full of whiskey tonite then you best accompany it by one of the best drunken bands of the 80’s-and check out one of the best puppet themed songs ever written-Marionette, by yeah, you guessed it that band that wrote Runaway Train…enjoy…