Leading up to the sophomore season of ‘Stranger Things’, Netflix and the creative team are releasing a series of posters that pay tribute to period sci fi and horror movies that have influenced the hit series.

This latest piece of publicity pays tribute to one of ‘Stranger Things” biggest influences, Stephen King with a poster that depicts Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven posed almost identically to Drew Barrymore on the poster for ‘Firestarter’ the 1984 movie based on King’s novel of the same name.  (The film was directed by Mark L. Lester.)

Here is the ‘Stranger Things’ poster, shared on the show’s official Twitter account:


For comparison, here is the ‘Firestarter’ poster:

Obviously, there is an age difference.  Barrymore was eight or nine years old when ‘Firestarter’ was shot, whereas Brown is thirteen.  Barrymore’s character, Charlie was an ordinary girl who is taken captive and experimented upon by scientists, while Eleven was raised in the laboratory from the time she was very little.  But both are young girls with powerful, potentially dangerous mental abilities.  While Charlie’s powers are clearly pyrokinesis, the extent of Eleven’s abilities have yet to be revealed, but so far she has exhibited telekinesis, astral projection and limited telepathy.

This is the latest of a series of posters released by ‘Stranger Things’.  Below are the earlier pieces:

Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien’ (1979):

Paul Michael Glaser’s ‘The Running Man’ (1987):

Wes Craven’s ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’ (1984):

And while it isn’t a horror movie, the last movie was an obvious influence on ‘Stranger Things’ and was based on a Stephen King short story, ‘Stand By Me’ directed by Rob Reiner (1986):

Sadly, we have a little longer to wait until ‘Stranger Things’ returns with new episodes.  The second season doesn’t arrive until October 27.  Until then, why not check out these films that inspired the show?

Are there any other movies that you’d like to see ‘Stranger Things’ pay homage to in poster form?

Source: Sy Fy Wire