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Movies & Series 20 June 2022, 19:56

author: Marek Jura

The Classic Movies That Inspired Stranger Things

The Duffer brothers' Stranger Things has stolen the hearts of adventure horror fans, richly drawing on both 80s style and more contemporary teen dramas. The success of the Netflix series, however, would not have been possible without inspiration.

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Nightmare On Elm Street, 1984, Wes Craven

  1. Year: 1984
  2. Directed by Wes Craven
  3. Genre: horror
  4. Where to watch: iTunes Store

The Nightmare on Elm Street is one of the most iconic horror films of the 1980s. Freddy Krueger, a murderer with a burned face, hunted his victims in their sleep. And even if the style of the films (as many as 5 sequels were ultimately created) sometimes flirted with kitsch, the camp vibe appealed to millions of fans around the world.

In the original Nightmare on The Elm Street, the reality slowly becomes penetrated by a nightmare dimension. The evil, initially contained by the heroes within sleep, eventually seeped into the awake state.

The creators of Stranger Things decided on a similar procedure, having two dimensions slowly intertwine. But this isn't the only reference the Duffer brothers make to the classic horror film. In the fourth season appears Victor Creel as the most famous Krueger impersonator – Robert Englund. There was also an antagonist with burned face in this season, but that's another story.

 

 

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