I loved every second of Stranger Things and I hope that it leads younger generations to movies like The Thing and Evil Dead. The show proudly wears classic influences on it sleeves, and because of that it doesn’t feel like a shameless ripoff. The following post covers five films referenced in Stranger Things that you need to check out after watching the show. I know a lot of you cinephiles have watched them, but there are many people who aren’t insane movie watchers like we are.
Here are five films you should watch after finishing Stranger Things.
1. Under The Skin (2014)
Under the Skin is a mesmerizing film that captures Scotland’s dreary beauty while blasting us with the most sensory film of 2014. I love that there is zero backstory or expository hand holding. It is a remarkably simple movie that still leaves many questions unanswered. It is a pure and unadulterated experience that could be vivisected or simply appreciated. My advice is to turn off the lights, turn up the volume and allow yourself to fully appreciate a spellbinding experience.
2. The Thing (1982)
The Thing is the greatest horror remake ever (aside from The Fly) and it features one of the best endings of all time (this isn't hyperbole). If you are looking for gross practical effects and a great Kurt Russell beard you are in luck. John Carpenter stuffed The Thing with brilliant music, suspense and characters. I could watch Kurt Russell and Keith David bicker and fight aliens all day. You need to watch The Thing.
3. Evil Dead (1981)
My hope is that people watch the original Evil Dead then work their way through the statistically speaking greatest horror franchise ever. Evil Dead is a bonkers masterpiece that came from the brain of horror maestro Sam Raimi. What I love most about the Evil Dead series is the main character Ash (Bruce Campbell). He is a massive idiot who continually fails his way to the top and saves the day.
4. They Live (1988)
They Live is a cult classic personified. It is weird, smart and features one of the best fight scenes ever. John Carpenter's take on '80s consumerism is uneven, but it has a fun personality that blends intelligence with insanity. You will never look at bubble gum the same again.
5. Jaws (1975)
Jaws is my favorite film and if you haven't watched it yet there is something wrong with you (or you are busy and have a life). I had a Jaws poster on my wall as a kid and I loved that the poster is featured prominently in Stranger Things. I know the majority of you reading have watched Jaws many times, but hopefully this serves as a reminder for those who haven't. You need to watch it!
What was your favorite moment from Stranger Things?