Stranger Things is remarkable in it’s own right, and it contains trace hints of ET, Stand By Me, and Aliens (just to name a few)
Stranger Hidden Things and Radical Principles
Chad Grills

Isn’t it delightful that a modern creation can be at once overtly influenced by legacy content and culture, while not pandering to the shortest perceived path to profitability? For me, what’s especially hopeful and enjoyable about this series is that stylistically, it’s actually accretive to anything that’s come before it, instead of squeezing a franchise’s former glory for all the quick spare change that a sense of nostalgia can garner.