At its heart, Stranger Things is a love-letter to the eighties.
The opening credits of Stranger Things sold me on the show. The crude synth ambience of the score sounds like something John Carpenter left on the cutting room floor, while editing Escape from New York.
The Netflix Original Series follows the disappearance of young Will Byers. Wynona Ryder plays the ever-frantic mother that spends much of the season in search of her son, uncovering supernatural occurrences along the way. I’d like to say that she channels Jo Beth Williams from Poltergeist, but Williams kicked supernatural ass to get her girl back. Sadly, Ryder’s the weakest performance in the show.