In case you’ve been stuck in the “Upside Down” for the past year, Stranger Things is a Netflix original series that took the world by storm shortly after its release in July of 2016. Audiences of all ages became obsessed with the show’s sci-fi horror subject matter that’s oozing with nostalgia and fell in love with the talented group of young new actors.
While everyone was glued to the screen binge-watching, it was easy to miss the slew of easter eggs scattered throughout the series that pay homage to many of the show’s influences. With season two of Stranger Things now on Netflix, we’re taking a look back at some of these hidden references you may have missed last season. You may now enter the Upside Down.
The Show’s Soundtrack
One thing that caught everyone’s attention when first introduced to Stranger Things was the show’s soundtrack. Its synth-heavy sounds can be described as nothing less than foreboding. Although the use of synths is appropriate, considering that the show is set in the 1980s, it’s a nod to the work of John Carpenter. Carpenter is the composer of a handful of classic ’70s and ’80s horror films such as Halloween, The Fog, and They Live. It’s clear that they were attempting to emulate Carpenter’s original scores with eerie staccatos, backed by impactful and in-your-face synths, and they totally succeeded.