If you’re anything like the rest of the world, you’ve probably been binge watching Stranger Things on Netflix. Set in the mid-1980s, Stranger Things tells the story of a boy whose mysterious disappearance sets off a chain of events that tear away the wholesome veneer of small-town America. While searching for answers to his disappearance, the boy’s friends, his family, and the town’s sheriff unveil dark government agencies and supernatural forces at work.
The show wears its 1970s and 80s influences on its sleeve, paying homage to the work of Stephen King, Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, Richard Donner, and other 80s luminaries throughout its eight episodes. If you’ve burned through the series or just want to get an idea of what all the fuss is about, here’s a list of movies available to borrow at Eisenhower that are directly referenced by the show or that work with similar sci-fi and horror themes.
Altered States, Amazing Stories, Carrie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Cocoon,The Dead Zone, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Explorers, Firestarter, The Fog, Flight of the Navigator, The Goonies, Halloween, It, Jaws, The Monster Squad, Poltergeist, Stand by Me, Starman, The Thing.
If you’d love to watch Stranger Things but don’t subscribe to Netflix, place a hold on one of our Roku Media Players which provide access to our Netflix account.