Who put the ’80s into Stranger Things? Why the Russo brothers, of course!

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If you’ve ever seen the show Stranger Things, you’ve probably noticed a movie reference or two. Series creators Ross and Matt Duffer are huge film buffs, and they’ve used every opportunity they can to reference some of their favorite movies in Stranger Things. (synopsis via Laughing Squid)

One of the hallmarks of Netflix’s über-watercooler hit, Stranger Things, apart from scaring the bejesus out of us, are the constant ’80s film references that dot the show like a neverending stream of Terminators from the future.

It makes sense – Stranger Things is, after all, set in the 1980s, the decade that gave us E.T., Indiana Jones and the Back to the Future franchise.

But this preponderance of ’80s cinematic talismans has as much to do with the show’s creators twin brothers Ross Duffer and Matt Duffer who, it will not surprise you to learn, are massive film buffs.

And if you’ve created and are producing your own spectacularly-successful show, then it would be a crime to forgo the chance to celebrate the films you love.

You couldn’t accuse the brothers of carpe diem’ing the hell out of this opportunity, and they explains what it means to them in this fascinating interview with Wired magazine.

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