Binge watched “Stranger Things” and looking for something similar? Here’s a few suggestions to check out.
The Netflix original series “Stranger Things” created by the Duffer Brothers is enormously popular—and with good reason. It’s heartbreaking, thrilling and even a bit frightening. If you’ve become hooked on “Stranger Things” and are looking for a buzz like you get from the show, check out these movies. They have quite a few things in common with the series, so they’ll most likely strike the same chords with you.
“Midnight Special” (2016)
“Midnight Special” is a science fiction movie written and directed by Jeff Nichols and produced by Sarah Green and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones. It follows the story of Roy Tomlin and his biological son, Alton Meyer, an 8-year-old with special powers and some strange weaknesses. Roy finds that he has to protect his son from not only a cult that practically worships him but also the U.S. government.
“Midnight Special” is a darkly entertaining movie that has many parallels with “Stranger Things,” including the supernatural, a gifted boy and a frantic father trying to save his son from a horrible future. Recently released, “Midnight Special” is not available on Netflix yet, but it is on Amazon.
“Stand By Me” (1986)
Based on Steven King’s 1982 novella, “The Body,” “Stand By Me” is a comedy-drama adventure directed by Rob Reiner. This movie revolves around four 12-year-old boys who hear about a boy who’s been missing for a few days. When they find out where the boy’s body may be, they decide to go looking for it.
While “Stand By Me” is not a supernatural movie, it is an excellent movie with a number of things in common with “Stranger Things.” Both deal with a theme that’s prevalent in Steven King’s work, namely children thrust into a confusing adult world. “Stand By Me” is not available on Netflix in the U.S. or the U.K., but it is available on Netflix in other countries. You can stream it if you use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) such as Express HYPERLINK VPN to get around any geo-blocking. It’s also available on Amazon.
“Poltergeist” is a supernatural horror written and produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper. The Freeling family’s youngest child, Carol Anne, starts talking to the TV static at night. She encounters something malevolent that causes an earthquake. The next day bizarre things happen, and that night the malevolent force kidnaps Carol Anne. The Freeling family has to confront the paranormal being to save her from a terrible fate.
“Poltergeist” (said to be cursed!) is a cult classic that seems to have had significant influence on “Stranger Things.” Both involve the supernatural, a lost child and parents who are desperate to find their missing child. The Duffer Brothers give “Poltergeist” a nod in the show in a few ways, but I won’t elaborate in case of spoilers. “Poltergeist” isn’t available on many streaming services, but it is available on Amazon.
“Super 8” (2011)
Another science fiction movie, “Super 8” was written, co-produced and directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg. Set in 1979, the movie revolves around a group of young teenagers who witness a devastating train crash while filming a movie. Soon after, people start disappearing, and peculiar things start happening in the town.
A thrilling yet insightful movie, “Super 8” has many similarities to “Stranger Things.” Both are heartrending stories that deal with children moving between the familiarity of childhood and the unknowns of adulthood. As mentioned earlier, this is a very common theme in Steven King’s work, which “Stranger Things” seems to draw on quite heavily. “Stranger Things” also draws heavily on Spielberg’s other work. “Super 8” is available on Netflix overseas and Amazon.
Do you have any movies you’d recommend to anyone who loves “Stranger Things”? Let us know in the comments.
About the author: Shawna is an entertainment and tech blogger who watches a lot of movies and TV. She got a “Stranger Things” fix from these movies and hopes you do too.
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