The latest installment in the Stranger Things #StrangerThursdays marketing campaign - where new Stranger Things posters pay homage to retro titles like Evil Dead and A Nightmare on Elm Street - fittingly salutes the 1980s Amblin Entertainment era treasure-hunting adventure, The Goonies.
Everything from the font to the way the characters are positioned to the "i" dotted with a skull pays homage to the 1985 Richard Donner film. While the other #StrangerThursdays posters that have been released to promote Stranger Things season 2 have focused on films that mostly have surface-level similarities to the Netflix show only, The Goonies is arguably by and far the most thematically similar. Both movies center around a group of children who embark on a quest (unbeknownst to their parents) that thrusts them into peril against a team of lethal adults. You can even argue that Eleven and Sloth are both the intimidating, yet misunderstood, characters from their respective properties.
A particularly nice touch is positioning the Demogorgon in the same spot as Anne Ramsey's Mama Fratelli. See what we mean for yourselves by checking out The Goonies-inspired poster for Stranger Things season 2 (which, like the other #StrangerThursdays posters before it, was posted online through the show's official Twitter account), below:
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) September 21, 2017
The first season of Stranger Things ended on a particularly mysterious note, with Will (Noah Schnapp), fresh off being rescued from the Upside Down, experiencing what are either PTSD-esque flashbacks or nightmarish visions of things to come. The second season will pick up in 1984, a year later. Though little else is know about the story to come in Stranger Things season 2 right now, the show will continue to follow the same protagonist of young protagonists (Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, and Schnapp) as they learn more about the Upside Down. Meanwhile, Joyce (Winona Ryder) will form a relationship with newcomer Bob Newby (Sean Astin), Chief Hopper (David Harbour) will confront his own inner demons, and, of course, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) is back... somehow.
Rounding out the cast in Stranger Things season 2 are a handful of newcomers, including Dacre Montgomery and Sadie Sink as siblings Billy and Max, respectively, Paul Reiser as Dr. Owens, and Astin as Bob. If nothing else, you can expect the world of Stranger Things to grow even, well, stranger, in the episodes that lie ahead.
Stranger Things season 2 premieres October 27th on Netflix.
- Stranger Things release date: Oct 16, 2018