Do you feel as though something is missing in your life? Are you experiencing a profound sense of loss? As though someone cut off a limb or destroyed one of your horcruxes? You may be experiencing symptoms of a clinical condition that doctors refer to as PSTD, a.k.a. Post-Stranger Things Depression. Symptoms include frequent nosebleeds, activating latent psychic abilities, loneliness, and bursting into tears at the mention of the word “Barb.”
So what do you do now that you’ve gobbled up every last morsel of Netflix’s nostalgia-fueled mega-hit? Easy, you let the trained professionals here at The Dan Cave help you recover. We can help you turn that frown upside-down. This summer, the Duffer Brothers won our hearts, minds, and eyeballs with their ode to the 1980s, which was laden with references, homages, and sidelong glances to many classic and cult classic films. So instead of hopping into a sensory deprivation chamber and being alone with your feelings, we have a better way. With our regimen of 11 films, some of which directly inspired Stranger Things, you will have no shortage of ways to spend your free time in between frantically refreshing your browser to see the latest news about the inevitable season two.
Now, these are just a handful of films that will help fill the Stranger Things-shaped hole in your heart. For a nearly complete glossary of films which Stranger Things references, check out Scott Tobias’ excellent piece at Vulture. Or go wildly off-book and come up with specious connections like I did with some of this episode’s entries! Which are your favorites? What others would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments below!
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