Stranger Things season 3 will mostly reference movies from the year 1985. Netflix's popular series received a slew of Emmy nominations recently, which only further proves how big of a success the series has been since it debuted in 2016. With fans speculating what could be in store for season 3, they may start to look to the films of 1985.
Stranger Things debuted on Netflix in July of 2016. Since its premiere, the show has gained a devoted audience and sustained positive critical acclaim. With an ensemble cast including Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Noah Schnapp, and Millie Bobby Brown, the show has received a variety of award nominations from the Golden Globes to the Emmys. Capitalizing on the nostalgic feel of the 1980s, the series has thus far referenced the films and works of Stephen King, Steven Spielberg, and George Lucas. With season 3 currently in production, fans are wondering what could be next for the heroes of Hawkins, IN.
According to a recent interview with Deadline, David Harbour says Stranger Things season 3 will feature references to movies from 1985. The show is known for its callbacks to classic '80s films and popular culture, and that will very much continue in the new season.
"If you’re a real fan of Stranger Things and you really want to know, I would go look at the great films that were released in ’85, of which there were many, and just go down that list and think of the possibilities that we could be going with. I think it is a specific season to 1985, and so you’ll see references to that.”
The first season of Stranger Things centered itself on a Stephen King vibe, making small references here and there, along with more overt callbacks to films like Stand By Me. With season 2, the show experimented quite a bit, with some chances working out while others left fans divided. The second season also paid homage to Steven Spielberg films like Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
It'll be interesting to see what films make up the inspiration for season 3, and by looking at the movies from 1985, it seems films such as The Goonies, Fright Night, The Breakfast Club and Back to the Future would fit right in. Just with those four, the possibilities for inspired storylines and references are endless. One of the best qualities that Stranger Things possesses is the genres the show is working with. There are elements of coming-of-age, teen romance, science fiction, and horror in a show about a small town with a big secret. While framing its own originality, Matt and Ross Duffer, along with Shawn Levy, imbue each episode with a callback to the films that influenced their work. If these are just a few of the movies the next season could reference, fans have every reason to be excited.