80s VCR World: Nostalgia Bath

7ICONSAugust 6, 2019
80s VCR World: Nostalgia Bath

Once upon a time there was neither Netflix and binge-watching culture, nor DVDs. The hero of the time was the VCR. The films of the VCR world, which lived the most glamorous periods of their 41-year history in the 80s, continue to be a source of inspiration as today’s classics.

Irreplaceable movies of pop culture’s nostalgic names such as Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter and Stephen King are still seen as a sub-text in popular series today. Stranger Things brings the iconic pop culture of the 80s to the present day with its cinematic genius.  Stranger Things brings iconic films inspired by the 80s and VCR culture to the present day with scenes inspired by films such as The Goonies, Stand by Me, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, The Ghostbusters, Back to the Future and many more.

Based on the richness of visual references, Millie Bobby Brown, who played Eleven in Stranger Things, which we can fearlessly say is Steven Spielberg’s E.T. story, was specifically asked to act like the E.T. character.

Stranger Things, which was attracted by Ghostbusters’ intense influence during promotion of the second season, made a surprise start by using Ghostbusters’ costumes in the series with the approval of Columbia Pictures / Sony, Ghost Corps, director Ivan Reitman and actor Dan Aykroyd.

The third season continues to take reference from the 1980s pop culture just like the first two seasons. While the last season was taking place in 1984, in this season, we are moving forward to 1985, the era when the cult movies were the strongest. One of the most obvious references was Back to the Future, and in fact they began to give clues about the movie in the second season. We can also say that this season is different from the other seasons with the inclusion of geopolitical issues in addition to pop culture. 

Author: Selin Ünsel