The second season of “Stranger Things” is jam packed with references to various films and TV shows from the 1980s.
There are also some callbacks to the previous season and other little details you may not have picked up on during your bingefest. Here’s a look at everything you might have missed. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD. Following is a transcript of the video.
Billy’s character might look familiar. His look is identical to Billy in “St. Elmo’s Fire.”
Hopper’s knock to Eleven is Morse Code for “us.”
Sean Astin makes a subtle reference to “The Goonies,” a 1985 film he starred in about lost pirate treasure.
Mikey: “You see One-Eyed Willie stole the treasure once. It was full of rubies, and emeralds, and …”
Bob Newbie: “What’s at the X? Pirate treasure?”
Eleven’s mum says “rainbow” and “sunflowers.” Both of these are seen in Lucas’ sister’s bedroom.
There are lots of ’80s culture nods at the Halloween party. Tom Cruise from “Risky Business.” John Belushi from “Animal House.” “Johnny” from “The Karate Kid.” 1984 presidential candidate Ronald Reagan.
Paul Reiser’s character first appears by a hospital bed, just like he does in the 1986 film “Aliens.”
Dr. Owens asks Will what his favourite candy is. He replies, “Reese’s Pieces.” This candy was featured prominently in 1982’s “E.T.”
There’s another subtle “Aliens” reference in Ep. 6.
Soldier: “Alright, stay frosty boys.”
Hicks: “We’re all in strung out shape. But stay frosty.”
The Demodogs’ attack might seem familiar. It’s just like this raptor scene in “Jurassic Park.”
Muldoon: “Clever girl.”
This scene is identical to a classic 1977 sci-fi film. “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”
Eleven exits the Upside Down in a familiar spot. It’s where the Demogorgon appeared in Season 1.
This scene appears to be a nod to “Poltergeist.”
Eleven watches the ’80s show “Punky Brewster.” Punky is adopted, just like Eleven, and Punky’s nightmare is about the doctor’s office. This mirrors Eleven’s past at Hawkins Lab.
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