The first season of Stranger Things drew many influences from Stephen King in a variety of ways, with one of the more direct connections being a young girl with telekinetic powers, similar to the King story Firestarter. To pay tribute to the inspirational story, Strangers Things' social media accounts released a poster that mirrors the Drew Barrymore-starring film.
The first season of the series took place in a small Indiana town and featured a young, nameless girl (Millie Bobbie Brown) escaping from a research facility. The girl crosses paths with a group of Dungeons and Dragons-loving boys her age, who offer her refuge. The boys refer to her as "Eleven," the number she has tattooed on her. From there, the adventures truly begin, as Eleven displays the power to control objects with her mind when attempting to protect her new friends.
Similarly, the King story features a young girl who develops the ability to control fire through the power of her mind, resulting in a covert organization attempting to take control of the girl.
This is only the latest in a long string of homage posters released for the upcoming season, with previous posters paying tribute to A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Running Man, and Alien. One element of this new poster that's different from the others is there's no tagline that reflects that of the original film, possibly due to how long the original film's tagline runs.
One of the show's biggest strengths is how wholly the series embraced the culture of the '80s, from the pop culture references to wardrobe to
“We’re big movie nerds — that’s what we wanted to do," said Matt Duffer, describing the genesis of the show he created with his brother Ross.
"We started to get into television as it became more cinematic,” he added, Variety reports.
The brothers shared that they asked themselves, “what would be the ultimate long movie — Spielberg directing a big, fat Stephen King book. That was the dream, that was the ambition,” Ross said.
The second season of Stranger Things comes to Netflix on October 27.