Duffer Brothers hoping Stranger Things does for audiences what Scream done for them
Stranger Things creators, the Duffer Brothers, are hoping the Netflix show can be as influential to a modern audience as Scream was to them as young men.
The show is set in the 1980s and so is brimming with cultural references from E.T to Ghostbusters.
The biggest cultural impact from the latest season concerns the use of 'Running Up That Hill' by Kate Bush. The song enjoyed a massive resurgence in popularity, while Bush has praised its use for introducing a new generation of fans to her music.
Younger fans are also eager to learn more about the references to the 80s movie classics mentioned in the show.
The Duffer Brothers have mentioned Scream as an early influence as the 1990s slasher provided an insight into classic horrors like Halloween.
"It’s really awesome," Matt Duffer told IndieWire.
"And hopefully it’s like, to me and Ross, one of our big movies was Scream. We saw that young, I was in middle school when Scream came out. I wasn’t allowed to see the theaters, but we did rent it. And we hadn’t yet seen all the movies it was referencing. We didn’t really know about Nightmare on Elm Street.
"We didn’t know Wes Craven. We didn’t know John Carpenter. And I fell in love with Scream. It was our gateway drug that then led us to a whole love affair with all these great horror movies. So that’s always been my hope with the show. If the people like us who grew up with it and love it, that’s great.
"But the younger audience, it’s exciting we saw even with the music, discovering Kate Bush. That made me super excited. But also the idea of them discovering these movies that we grew up on. Can it do what Scream did for us for some other nerds out there? That would make me super happy."
Stranger Things spin-off
Any Stranger Things spin-off series will feature completely new characters and a completely new story, according to the Duffer Brothers.
Stranger Things 4 was released on Netflix to critical acclaim, while it is the second show in history to surpass one billion hours of streaming on the platform.
The series will be wrapped up with Stranger Things season 5, set to be released in 2024. Thereafter, the Duffer Brothers will look at ideas for a spin-off.
However, any new show will not feature characters like Eleven, Hopper, Mike, Steve, Dustin, Will, Mike, Lucas, Nancy etc.
"It's not following...I've read these rumours that there's gonna be an Eleven spinoff," the Duffer brothers confirmed on the Happy Sad Confused podcast.
"That there's gonna be a Steve and Dustin spinoff or that it's another number. That's not interesting to me because we've done all that. We've spent I don't know how many hours exploring all of that. So it's very different."
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