SCARY HORROR STUFF: 11 Classic '80s Films Totally Honored by Netflix's Throwback "Stranger Things"
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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

11 Classic '80s Films Totally Honored by Netflix's Throwback "Stranger Things"

No doubt -- Stranger Things takes the throwback in homage of some of the greatest horror thrillers and dramas of old, back in the day when '80s movies were young and fresh, and it was about an awakening of stories we never heard of. Typically horror well before that had a more adult type of voice to it -- Dracula, The Wolfman, Frankenstein.

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We could see and experience a horror movie literally from the eyes of a child, and thanks to Netflix, we're getting that feeling back in a big way with these top classic films the series has completely modeled its story on:


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This is why the series has made such waves on the streaming service. It catapulted Winona Ryder's defunct career like how Marvel/Disney propelled Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man. It brought back the fun films about kids and things going bump in the night. When horror movies were not only scary, but also just plain fun to watch.

We're talking about everything from "Indiana Jones" to "The Lost Boys" to "Friday the 13th" to "Halloween" and even "Children of the Corn," Other Alien films, too, like the one soon to be released in theaters. classics bringing about the themes of children, teens, and innocence lost. In many ways, making horror way better than some of the frighteners we're currently used to. Don't get me wrong: I love me some Insidious and Sinister with a passion.

(That being said, Sinister's got some kid themes to it as well!)

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