When Netflix collection Stranger Issues first switched on the Christmas lights in 2016, it discovered a profitable formulation with ’80s nostalgia, supernatural horrors and a forged of headstrong and close-knit children.
It is a particular present, and it isn’t straightforward to duplicate the sensation you get whereas watching it. However now that we’re encountering a weeks-long break between two volumes of a single season, on high of the years-long hiatuses between one season and one other, I’ve realized it is time to pull out a flashlight and begin trying to find one thing comparable.
Enterprise beneath, and you will find a listing of reveals that relate to Stranger Issues in a technique or one other. You might discover one thing to fill that chilling void. Put together for otherworldly entities, touching friendships, and plenty and many children on bikes.
Motion pictures with a Stranger Issues vibe
The place to stream: HBO Max
No listing of this sort could be full with out Tremendous 8, directed by Star Wars helmer J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg. In the summertime of 1979, whereas filming a home made zombie film, a bunch of teenagers witness a truck collide with a prepare. Unexplained occasions proceed to rattle the world. For thriller, some supernatural motion and younger buddies who journey bikes and use walkie-talkies, give this one a watch.
The place to stream: You may lease Ghostbusters for $3 at companies together with Amazon and Vudu.
We all know 4 greatest buddies who would give Ghostbusters a mega Marshmallow Man-size stamp of approval. A memorable Stranger Issues season 2 scene is when Mike, Dustin, Lucas and Will put on over-the-top Ghostbusters costumes to high school… solely to seek out out that nobody else dressed up for Halloween. Of their honor, spend a while with Invoice Murray, Sigourney Weaver and the remainder of the forged of this beloved comedy.
The place to stream: HBO Max
This horror flick dealt one other brutal blow to the popularity of clowns. Primarily based on the traditional Stephen King ebook, the film pits six likable outcasts towards a sewer-loving supernatural entity. The Duffer Brothers, who created Stranger Issues, have acknowledged the ebook’s huge affect on the present. You will additionally spot Finn Wolfhard (aka Mike) among the many film’s forged.
The place to stream: You may lease Fright Evening for $3 at companies together with Amazon and Vudu.
On this mildly scary horror film, teenager Charley Brewster (sure, that is his precise identify) discovers a ghastly secret — his neighbor is definitely a vampire and is behind a number of disappearances of their Iowa city. For a story about teenagers taking over monsters, an ’80s really feel, implausible particular results (and I am going to say it — smokin’ sizzling vampires), Fright Evening is the way in which to go.
The Concern Avenue Trilogy (2021)
The place to stream: Netflix
Sure, I am counting this as three motion pictures. When Netflix dropped the Concern Avenue installments final summer time, I had no concept what a deal with they’d be. Nostalgia is a component right here — the primary movie winds issues again to the ’90s, the second to the ’70s and the third to the… 1600s, as a result of who does not wish to look again fondly at bonnets and flouncy sleeves. Joking! Should you’ve cherished the deal with Max (Sadie Sink) this season, the actress is an enormous a part of this trilogy.
Gunpowder & Sky
The place to stream: AMC Plus, Shudder
Can a film be too very similar to Stranger Issues? The primary 20 minutes of Summer season of 84 evoke so many Stranger Issues-isms, it feels unimaginable to not evaluate it to the beloved present. Walkie-talkies, bikes, synth music, unusual disappearances and teenage buddies sizzling on the path of the perpetrator are all in there. However because you’re testing this listing, that will simply imply it ticks all of your packing containers.
Pink Financial institution Movies
The place to stream: Prime Video
Carrie is focused by some ruthless bullies within the 1976 movie adaptation of Stephen King’s iconic novel, very similar to our woman Eleven, who faces viciously imply teenagers on this season of Stranger Issues (culminating, after all, with that Carrie-esque scene on the curler rink). Stephen King himself has called out the season’s “Carrie riff,” although he did not explicitly say what he was referring to. Anyway, you need to watch Sissy Spacek’s Oscar-nominated portrayal of the promenade queen at the very least as soon as in your life. Why not now?
The place to stream: FuboTV, Paramount Plus
John Krasinski’s suspenseful horror movie a couple of household attempting to outlive a monster apocalypse is way extra harrowing than Stranger Issues, however there are some similarities. Within the character of Millicent Simmons, you will discover a fearless younger protagonist the Stranger Issues children would fortunately welcome onto their workforce. See how she and the others address terrifying creatures that assault once they detect sound.
The place to stream: It is free with adverts on Tubi. It’s also possible to lease Coraline for $3 at companies together with Amazon and Vudu.
“Children vs. malevolent forces from a parallel universe” might describe each Stranger Issues and this animated stop-motion children horror film. And each are wonderful selections on your night.
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A Nightmare on Elm Avenue (1984)
The place to stream: Netflix, HBO Max
The chilling ending to episode 1 and what occurred to Eddie afterward felt vaguely acquainted to me whereas watching season 4. Then it hit me: A Nightmare on Elm Avenue. Should you’ve been digging this season of the present, it is time to revisit the 1984 horror traditional. One other enjoyable truth: Victor Creel, the previous Vecna sufferer that Robin and Nancy meet in episode 4, is definitely performed by unique Freddy Krueger actor Robert Englund.
The place to stream: HBO Max
Do child journey motion pictures get extra traditional than The Goonies? A squad of distinct kids set out on a harmful seek for hidden treasure. As a result of booby traps and unfamiliar terrain apparently aren’t sufficient, a household of mobsters can be tailing them. Should you, like me, had been too scared by the horror components on this movie as a child to completely recognize it, it is undoubtedly value placing on once more.
ET the Further-Terrestrial (1982)
The place to stream: Peacock, FuboTV
After spending a lot time with Stranger Issues season 4 evildoer Vecna, I would think about an appointment with a benign imaginary creature like ET sounds fairly good. (It is actually well-earned.) Tear open a field of Reese’s Items and get watching.
The place to stream: It is free with adverts on the Roku Channel. It’s also possible to lease Goosebumps for $3 at companies together with Amazon and Vudu.
When a horde of monsters from R.L. Stine’s iconic Goosebumps books invade the actual world, Jack Black and a few teen actors workforce as much as take them down. This family-friendly horror comedy is cheesier than Stranger Issues, however it could function a strong distraction from the pause in the supernatural present.
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The NeverEnding Story (1984)
The place to stream: It is free with adverts on Tubi. It’s also possible to lease The NeverEnding Story for $4 at companies together with Amazon, Vudu and iTunes.
This is likely to be a wild card, however it’s obligatory for Stranger Issues followers or those that missed out on the movie as a child. Journey, a pleasant dragon and youngster protagonists are all part of the pie. And you’ll lastly sing the theme track with Dustin and Suzie while you rewatch season 3, episode 8.
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