The first two seasons of ‘Stranger Things’ were a shotgun spray of ’80s science fiction and horror pop culture but each one had a unique major influence. However, this season is going to be doubling down on some of the styles which were prominent in Season 2. According to David Harbour‘, it looks like The Duffer Brothers enjoyed the Steven Spielberg influences so much in the last season that they’ll be taking it up a notch with what he had previously brought to the table.
According to Harbour:
“It’s bigger, and it’s more Spielbergian. I felt Season 1 was very Stephen King, Season 2 was very Spielberg, and we get even more Spielbergian in our aesthetic. It’s got a lot of color to it this year, we really get into the ‘80s more; it’s ’85, Hopper has a whole new getup, he’s got a mustache — we’re leaning into it in a really fun, interesting way. Also, it’s got a lot of love, and it always has from the very beginning. That’s the thing that’s very special about the show, it has tremendous heart. I always get choked up when I watch it, and this season is no different. It takes a lot of risks, but in its essence, it’s going to smack you in the heart. It’s really funny, and it’s really beautiful, and there are some big, big surprises.”
There were plenty of huge names to draw from in science fiction and horror in the ’80s, and we’ve seen the Duffer Brothers pay homage to many of the creators from that era. That being said, it is hard not to include Spielberg’s touches to the show as he was so influential in the genres with every film he released. I am digging the fact that Hopper’s look and facial hair are going to be evolving here as well.
Are you glad to hear that more of Steven Spielberg’s influence on ’80s cinema is going to be brought into the third season of ‘Stranger Things’? Do you have any specific pop culture references from ’84-’85 that you’d love to see make their way into the film? Share your thoughts in the comments below!