Caught Up With Stranger Things? Here Are 14 Movies to Watch

When Netflix collection Stranger Things first switched on the Christmas lights in 2016, it discovered a successful formulation with ’80s nostalgia, supernatural horrors, and a solid of headstrong and close-knit children. 

It’s a particular present, and it is not simple to copy the sensation you get whereas watching it. But now that we’re encountering a weeks-long break between two volumes of a single season, on prime of the years-long hiatuses between one season and one other, I’ve realized it is time to pull out a flashlight and begin looking for one thing comparable.

Venture beneath, and you will find a listing of exhibits that relate to Stranger Things in a method or one other. You could discover one thing to fill that chilling, post-season void. Prepare for otherworldly entities, touching friendships, and much and many children on bikes.

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Movies with a Stranger Things vibe

Paramount Pictures

Where to stream: HBO Max

No checklist of this sort can be full with out Super 8, directed by Star Wars helmer J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg. In the summer season of 1979, whereas filming a selfmade zombie film, a gaggle of teenagers witness a truck collide with a practice. Unexplained occasions proceed to rattle the world. For thriller, some supernatural motion and younger associates who journey bikes and use walkie-talkies, give this one a watch.

Columbia Pictures

Where to stream: You can lease Fright Night for $3 at providers together with Amazon and Vudu.

In this mildly scary horror film, teenager Charley Brewster (Yes, that is his precise identify) discovers a ghastly secret — his neighbor is definitely a vampire behind a number of disappearances of their Iowa city. For a story about teenagers taking up monsters, an ’80s really feel, implausible particular results (and I’ll say it — smokin’ scorching vampires), Fright Night is the best way to go. 


Where to stream: You can lease Ghostbusters for $3 at providers together with Amazon and Vudu.

We know 4 greatest associates who would give Ghostbusters a mega Marshmallow Man-size stamp of approval. A memorable Stranger Things season 2 scene is when Mike, Dustin, Lucas and Will put on over-the-top Ghostbusters costumes to highschool… solely to seek out out that nobody else dressed up for Halloween. In their honor, spend a while with Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver and the remainder of the solid of this beloved comedy.

Red Bank Films

Where to stream: Prime Video

Carrie is focused by some ruthless bullies within the 1976 movie adaptation of Stephen King’s iconic novel, very like our lady Eleven, who faces viciously imply teenagers on this season of Stranger Things (culminating, in fact, with that Carrie-esque scene on the curler rink). Stephen King himself has called out the season’s “Carrie riff,” although he did not explicitly say what he was referring to. Anyway, it’s a must to watch Sissy Spacek’s Oscar-nominated portrayal of the promenade queen a minimum of as soon as in your life. Why not now?


The Fear Street Trilogy (2021)

Where to stream: Netflix

Yes, I’m counting this as three motion pictures. When Netflix dropped the Fear Street installments final summer season, I had no concept what a deal with they’d be. Nostalgia is a component right here — the primary movie winds issues again to the ’90s, the second to the ’70s and the third to the… 1600s, as a result of who would not wish to look again fondly at bonnets and flouncy sleeves. Joking! If you have liked the deal with Max (Sadie Sink) this season, the actress is a giant a part of this trilogy.

Warner Bros.

Where to stream: HBO Max

This horror flick dealt one other brutal blow to the popularity of clowns. Based on the basic Stephen King guide, the film pits six likable outcasts in opposition to a sewer-loving supernatural entity. The Duffer Brothers, who created Stranger Things, have acknowledged the guide’s huge affect on the present. You’ll additionally spot Finn Wolfhard (aka Mike) among the many film’s solid.

Jonny Cournoyer

Where to stream: FuboTV, Paramount Plus

John Krasinski’s suspenseful horror movie a couple of household attempting to outlive a monster apocalypse is much extra harrowing than Stranger Things, however there are some similarities. In the character of Millicent Simmons, you will discover a fearless younger protagonist the Stranger Things children would fortunately welcome onto their workforce. See how she and the others address terrifying creatures that assault after they detect sound. 

Gunpowder & Sky

Where to stream: AMC Plus, Shudder

Can a film be too very like Stranger Things? The first 20 minutes of Summer of 84 evoke so many Stranger Things-isms, it feels inconceivable to not examine it to the beloved present. Walkie-talkies, bikes, synth music, unusual disappearances and teenage associates scorching on the path of the perpetrator are all in there. But because you’re trying out this checklist, which will simply imply it ticks all of your bins.


Where to stream: It’s free with adverts on Tubi. You also can lease Coraline for $3 at providers together with Amazon and Vudu.

“Kids vs. malevolent forces from a parallel universe” might describe each Stranger Things and this animated stop-motion children horror film. And each are glorious decisions in your night.

New Line Cinema

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Where to stream: Netflix, HBO Max

The chilling ending to episode 1 and what occurred to Eddie afterward felt vaguely acquainted to me whereas watching season 4. Then it hit me — A Nightmare on Elm Street. If you have been digging this season of the present, it is time to revisit the 1984 horror basic. Another enjoyable truth: Victor Creel, the previous Vecna sufferer Robin and Nancy meet in episode 4, is definitely performed by unique Freddy Krueger actor Robert Englund.

Warner Bros.

Where to stream: HBO Max

Do child journey motion pictures get extra basic than The Goonies? A squad of distinct children set out on a harmful seek for hidden treasure. Because booby traps and unfamiliar terrain apparently aren’t sufficient, a household of mobsters can also be tailing them. If you, like me, had been too scared by the horror parts on this movie as a child to totally recognize it, it is undoubtedly value placing on once more.

Universal Pictures

ET the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Where to stream: Peacock, FuboTV

After spending a lot time with Stranger Things season 4 evildoer Vecna, I’d think about an appointment with a benign imaginary creature like ET sounds fairly good (it is definitely well-earned). Tear open a field of Reese’s Pieces and get watching.

Sony Pictures

Where to stream: It’s free with adverts on the Roku Channel. You also can lease Goosebumps for $3 at providers together with Amazon and Vudu.

When a horde of monsters from R.L. Stine’s iconic Goosebumps books invade the true world, Jack Black and a few teen actors workforce as much as take them down. This family-friendly horror comedy is cheesier than Stranger Things, however it could function a stable distraction from the pause in the supernatural present.

Warner Bros. Pictures

The NeverEnding Story (1984)

Where to stream: It’s free with adverts on Tubi. You also can lease The NeverEnding Story for $4 at providers together with Amazon, Vudu and iTunes.

This is perhaps a wild card, but it surely’s vital for Stranger Things followers or those that missed out on the movie as a child. Adventure, a pleasant dragon and little one protagonists are all part of the pie. And you possibly can lastly sing the theme music with Dustin and Suzie whenever you rewatch season 3, episode 8.

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