If you’ve binged the full adventures of Eleven and the gang, here are the next films you should dive into.
Super 8 (2011)
Super 8 is so similar to Stranger Things that there was initially some criticism and even a few murmurs of copyright infringement.
While this 2011 film has more connective tissue with the first season or two of Stranger Things, we think this is a nice palate cleanser to the darker themes explored in season 4. At an hour and 51 minutes, it’s also a pretty quick watch with tons of adventure.
The Mist (2007)
The Mist brings some poignant, corrosive creature horror to bear in a much more dire way than Stranger Things.
Most of this film exists inside a grocery store after a mysterious mist has swept over a sleepy mountain town, but the reveal, the experimental military components
This film follows a group of soldiers landing in France on the eve of D-Day, tasked with infiltrating a mysterious Nazi base — only to be met with the business end of government experiments gone wrong.
The conceit obviously shares some similarities with Hopper’s Russian exploits in season 4, and even though the villains in Overlord aren’t Russian, they’re every bit as sinister.
There are a lot of direct horror comps in Stranger Things — sometimes even some homage-paying shots cribbed right from the classics — like The Exorcist, Poltergeist, and more.
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Insidious is a unique choice though because, while the supernatural forces here are much more demonic, there are a lot of familiar themes. There’s an “upside down” in both films
The Goonies (1985)
Richard Donner’s 1985 nostalgic adventure The Goonies is the perfect stand-in for our central friends in Stranger Things.
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Every kid’s got a role to play, there’s no shortage of hormonal, romantic tension, and the older kids have the classic bully arc that made ‘80s films so loved (and/or hated).