When the Netflix serieshe turned on Christmas lights for the first time in 2016 and found a winning pattern with the nostalgia of the 1980s, supernatural horror and the cast of wayward and close-knit children.
It’s a special show and it’s not easy to mimic the feeling you have while watching. But now that we meetbetween two episodes of one season, in addition to years of pauses between one season and another, I realized it was time to pull out a flashlight and start looking for something similar.
Head below to find a list of shows that affect Stranger Things one way or another. Maybe you’ll find something to fill that freezing post-season void. Get ready for beings from another world, touching friendships and lots and lots of kids on bikes.
Stranger Things movies
Where to stream: HBO Max
No list of this kind would be complete without Super 8, directed by Star Wars Commander JJ Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg. In the summer of 1979, while filming a home-made zombie movie, a group of teenagers witnessed a truck collide with a train. Areas are shaken by unexplained events. For secrets, supernatural action and young friends who ride bikes and use walkie-talkies, give this a watch.
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Where to stream: You can rent Fright Night for $ 3 in services including Amazon and Voodoo.
In this slightly terrifying horror, teenager Charley Brewster (Yes, that’s his real name) discovers a terrifying secret – his neighbor is actually a vampire who is behind several disappearances in their city of Iowa. For a story about teenagers fighting monsters, the feeling of the 80’s, fantastic special effects (and I’ll say it – smoking hot vampires), Fright Night is the right choice.
Where to stream: Ghostbusters can be rented for $ 3 in services including Amazon and Voodoo.
We know four best friends who would give the Ghostbusters approval for the size of a mega Marshmallow Man. The unforgettable scene of Stranger Things Season 2 is when Mike, Dustin, Lucas and Will wear fancy Ghostbusters costumes to school … just to find out that no one else has dressed for Halloween. In their honor, spend some time with Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver and the rest of the actors in this beloved comedy.
Red Bank movies
Where to stream: First-class video
In the film adaptation of Stephen King’s iconic 1976 novel, Carrie is the target of several ruthless tyrants, similar to our girl Eleven, who faces mischievous teenagers this season with Stranger Things (culminating, of course, in the Carrie-style scene of the war). rink). Stephen King himself he called seasonal “Carrie Riff,” though he didn’t say what he meant. Anyway, you have to watch the Oscar-nominated rendition of the ball queen Sissy Spacek at least once in your life. Why not now?
The Fear Street Trilogy (2021)
Where to stream: Netflix
Yes, I count it as three movies. When Netflix released Fear Street last summer, I had no idea what a delicacy it would be. Nostalgia is an element here – the first film takes things back to the 90’s, the second to the 70’s and the third to … 1600’s, because who wouldn’t like to look fondly at the hoods and sleeves. I’m kidding! If you’ve loved focusing on Max (Sadie Sink) this season, the actress is a big part of this trilogy.
Where to stream: HBO Max
This horror dealt the clowns’ reputation another brutal blow. Based on Stephen King’s classic book, the film pits six likeable outcasts against a supernatural sewer-loving entity. The Duffer brothers, who created Stranger Things, acknowledged the book’s great influence on the show. You will also see Finn Wolfhard (aka Mike) among the film’s actors.
Where to stream: FuboTV, Paramount Plus
John Krasinsky’s thrilling horror about a family trying to survive a monster apocalypse is much more torturous than Stranger Things, but there are some similarities. In the character of Millicent Simmons, you will find a fearless young protagonist, whom the children of Stranger Things would gladly welcome in their team. See how she and the others deal with the scary creatures that attack when they record the sound.
Gunpowder and the sky
Where to stream: AMC Plus, Shudder
It could be a movie also similar to Stranger Things? The first 20 minutes of Summer of 84 evoke so many Stranger Things-isms that it’s impossible not to compare it to a beloved show. Radios, bikes, synthesizer music, strange disappearances, and teenage friends who are on the trail of the perpetrator are all there. But because you’re looking at this list, it may mean that it’s checking all your boxes.
Where to stream: It’s free with ads on Tubi. You can also rent Coraline for $ 3 in services including Amazon and Voodoo.
“Children vs. evil forces from a parallel universe “could describe both Stranger Things and this animated stop-motion children’s horror. And both are a great choice for your evening.
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Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Where to stream: Netflix, HBO Max
The chilling end of Episode 1, and what happened to Eddie afterwards, seemed dimly familiar to me as I watched Series 4. Then it hit me – Nightmare on Elm Street. If you’ve been groping this season, it’s time to go back to the 1984 horror classic. Another point of interest: Victor Creel, a former victim of Vecna, Robin and Nancy, who met in episode 4, is actually played by original actor Freddy Krueger Robert Englund.
Where to stream: HBO Max
Are children’s adventure movies more classic than The Goonies? A group of prominent young men embarks on a dangerous search for a hidden treasure. Because traps and unfamiliar terrain are clearly not enough, the mob family is also watching them. If, like me, you were too afraid of the horror elements in this film as a child to fully appreciate it, it’s definitely worth putting it back on.
ET the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Where to stream: Peacock, FuboTV
After spending so much time with the Stranger Things 4th Case criminal, I would imagine that meeting a benign imaginary creature like ET sounds pretty good (it’s certainly well deserved). Tear up the Reese’s Pieces box and watch.
Where to stream: It’s free with ads on Channel of the Year. You can also rent Goosebumps for $ 3 in services including Amazon and Voodoo.
When a horde of monsters from RL Stine’s iconic Goosebumps bursts into the real world, Jack Black and some teenage actors come together to destroy them. This family-friendly horror comedy is rawer than Stranger Things, but it can serve as a solid distraction from a break in a supernatural show.
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The Endless Story (1984)
Where to stream: It’s free with ads on Tubi. You can also rent The NeverEnding Story for $ 4 on services including Amazon, Voodoo and iTunes.
It may be a wild card, but it’s essential for Stranger Things fans or for those who missed the film as a child. Adventure, a friendly dragon and child heroes – it’s all part of the cake. Finally, you can sing the central melody with Dustin and Suzie when you play the 3rd series again, episode 8.
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