These 23 Details In "Stranger Things 2" Are So Brilliant You'll Want To Watch It All Over Again
It's like pop-culture overload. And I love it.
Eleven dressing up and "hiding" as a ghost on Halloween is a direct reference to Steven Spielberg's E.T.
Bob's JVC camcorder is the exact same one Marty McFly uses to document Doc's time machine experiment in Back to the Future.
And, speaking of Back to the Future, Max's skateboard is the same make as Marty McFly's.
During Hopper and Eleven's fight, according to El, it has been 326 days since she last saw Mike — and guess what? 3+2+6 = 11. HA!
The ~rivalry~ between the pumpkin patch farmers is actually mentioned on the front page of Hawkins' newspaper in "Chapter One: MADMAX."
Paul Reiser (Dr. Sam Owens) famously played villain Carter J. Burke in the 1986 film Aliens, which was a major thematic influence this season.
In fact, there were a lot of other visual references to Aliens, like the Demodog blips on the radar map in "Chapter Six: The Spy"...
...and the use of flamethrowers to keep the Demogorgon's spawn from growing.
This shot of Will in the doorway in "Chapter One: MADMAX" is a nod to another Spielberg classic, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Will's Ghostbusters costume is a little less "precise" than the other boys'.
Speaking of Ghostbusters, Dustin has a "Certificate of Anti-Paranormal Proficiency," on his bedroom wall, which was given to members of the Ghostbusters official fan club back in 1984.
And here's what it looks like up close, in case you're wondering.
Steve and Nancy's Risky Business Halloween costumes are a callback to Season 1 when Steve called Tom Cruise Nancy's "lover boy from Risky Business."
Hopper doubles back for his (very Indiana Jones-esque) hat just like, well, Indiana Jones famously does.
The music that plays when Dart escapes from the boys in "Chapter Three: The Pollywog" is VERY similar to the Gremlins theme song.
And here's what the Gremlins theme sounds like if you need a refresher:
Kali (aka Eight) is also the name of the Hindu goddess of death.
Kali training Eleven to use her power is a complete homage to Yoda training Luke Skywalker to use the Force in The Empire Strikes Back.
The retirement article about Ray Carroll (the Hawkins Lab orderly from El's flashbacks) on Kali's hit list wall repeats over and over.
The Ben Cooper "mummy" mask that one of Kali's gang members wears can also be seen hanging at Melvald's General Store (where Joyce works).
Max using a wood box to reach the gas pedal of Billy's car is a total nod to ANOTHER Spielberg film, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
Speaking of The Goonies, you may have noticed Bob joking about looking for pirate treasure in "Chapter Five: Dig Dug."
Dustin's Snow Ball hairdo was a visual homage to Duckie's prom look in the film Pretty in Pink.
Eleven wears the hairband Hopper used to wear on his wrist (that belonged to his daughter, Sara, who died) to the Snow Ball.
And, finally, even though it ~sounds~ romantic, the Police's "Every Breath You Take" (the song that plays at the very end of Season 2) is actually about stalking someone.
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