A new poster for Stranger Things pays homage to A Nightmare on Elm Street. It’s no mystery why either, as in addition to being a great horror/sci-fi series all its own, the Netflix hit drama also serves as one big love letter to the pop culture of the 1980s. The most obvious comparisons are to Poltergeist and Stephen King’s IT, but Stranger Things also draws heavily from fellow King story Firestarter, and beloved kid-centered adventure tales like E.T. and The Goonies.

Stranger Things’ musical score also invokes ’80s cinema, with its synthesizer-heavy tracks evoking the work of legendary director and composer John Carpenter. Beyond the score, the Stranger Things soundtrack features plenty of ...

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