In order to make this summer’s hit show Stranger Things, The Duffer Brothers harkened back to their childhood–even though the show takes place in 1983, a year before they were born. Instead the brothers relied on their memories of the movies of the 1980s to create the authentic feel of the show and pay homage to the likes of Steven Spielberg and Stephen King in the process.
“We have vague memories of the Eighties, but we were still pre-Internet and pre–cell phone for most of our childhood. We were the last generation to have the experience of going out with our friends to the woods or the train tracks and the only way our parents could connect with us was to say, ‘It’s time for dinner,'” Ross Duffer tells Rolling Stone.
“When I look back at something like E.T., not only does it hold up beautifully but it feels timeless,” he adds. “We hoped that it would be the same with this. It doesn’t matter if you were raised in the Eighties or not, you can connect with these characters. There are kids, teens and adults in this, so there’s someone for everyone to relate to. The intention was always that this would play as a summer popcorn blockbuster. But we didn’t know if it would.”
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