You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who hasn’t seen or at least heard of the latest Netflix original series runaway hit Stranger Things following the release of season 1 online this past summer. Borrowing heavily from various elements and cultural touchstones of the 1980s era, the brand new television show was co-created by Matt and Ross Duffer (Wayward Pines), and has since gone on to thoroughly ingrain itself in the pop-cultural zeitgeist – particularly among genre film fans of all ages.
Featuring references to such seminal 1980s horror and sci-fi features as The Evil Dead and The Thing, while owing its own narrative debts to the very best works of Steven Spielberg (E.T. the Extra Terrestrial) and Stephen King (It), Stranger Things soared to success largely on the back of many viewers’ fervently held nostalgia for the standard aesthetics of 1980s genre fiction. On that note, the latest bit of fan art in honor of the Netflix original series serves as a call back to another seminal aspect of the era that the Duffer brothers have so lovingly recalled on film.
In the video featured above, CineFix presents viewers with the latest installment in their long-running YouTube series 8 Bit Cinema with a touching recreation of some of the most memorable scenes and sequences from Stranger Things rendered as an 8 bit, third generation video game. The pixelated graphics immediately bring to mind the very best titles first introduced by Nintendo in 1983 and subsequently by Sega in 1985.
Recalling some of the more seminal RPG titles like The Legend of Zelda from 1986 and the original Final Fantasy from 1987, fans of some of the most iconic video game properties first introduced in the late 1980s are sure to get a kick out of seeing Stranger Things as it might have played within the context of third generation gaming. The Duffer brothers have really struck a deep nerve with their viewers, and videos such as this 8 Bit Cinema treatment only goes to show how popular the show still is nearly two months after the first season premiered online.
As the wait continues for season 2 of Stranger Things on Netflix, fans can continue to pour over the show’s initial eight-episode series arc in anticipation of the “next level” entertainment soon to come. The fate of the enigmatic Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) – not to mention the seemingly rescued Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) – is still up in the air for now, as further represented in the 8 Bit Cinema send up of the show’s highly acclaimed season 1.
Stranger Things season 1 is currently available to stream on Netflix.