The latest Stranger Things throwback poster is paying homage to the 1979 science-fiction horror film Alien. The Netflix hit series Stranger Things was created by the Duffer Brothers and premiered last summer, introducing us to the strange town of Hawkins, Indiana, The Upside Down, the terrifying Demogorgon, a psychokinetic girl with a thing for Eggos and everything we love about the pop culture and nostalgia of the 1980s.
It's no surprise that ahead of its second season premiering this fall, Stranger Things is paying homage to classic horror/science fictions movies from the late 1970s and 1980s like A Nightmare on Elm Street - where Nancy (Natalia Dyer) has to kill the Demogorgon before it comes for you next - and The Running Man, where Chief Hopper (David Harbour) is an action hero on the case heading into The Upside Down. The throwback posters for #StrangerThursdays are acting as fantastic promotion for the new season - getting fans hyped while also keeping them in the dark about the events waiting to unfold in Hawkins this fall.
In the latest throwback poster revealed on the official Stranger Things Twitter page, we are getting outlandish and heading into The Upside Down in this Alien-inspired one-sheet where the classic Xenomorph egg in the original poster is now a fleshy, gooey egg-sack from the Upside Down floating in the sky above Will Byers (Noah Schnapp), the only survivor of The Upside Down. The poster also includes the tagline, "In The Upside Down, no one can hear you scream." which is a play on the original tagline for the Alien poster which reads, "In space no one can hear you scream." Take a look at the poster below:
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) August 24, 2017
The 1979 movie Alien directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto, is a classic and critical acclaimed horror/science fiction film that focuses on a highly aggressive extraterrestrial creature that stalks and attacks the crew of a spaceship. There are many parallels to Stranger Things in the film, like the idea of an aggressive alien-like creature (the Demogorgon) going after the residents of Hawkins picking them off one by one, a la Will and fan-favorite Barb (Shannon Purser) in season 1.
The idea of being trapped in an strange and empty place like space alone with a monster on your tail also mirrors the struggles and horrors that Will went through, while being trapped in The Upside Down - alone without anyone to help him survive. It's a good thing then that he's back among his friends in Stranger Things season 2, seeing as Will is clearly far from having recovered from his time spent in the Upside Down.
Stranger Things season 2 premieres October 27 on Netflix.