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* Robin lists her favorite films as ''Film/TheApartment'', ''Film/TheHiddenFortress'' and ''Film/ChildrenOfParadise''.


* In season 3, Hopper steals a car from a guy named Todd with a license plate reading "TODFTHR," prompting Max to wonder "Who's Todfather?" It's clearly a self-aggrandizing vanity plate referencing ''Film/TheGodfather''.


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** Season 3 has the kids sneaking into a screening of ''Film/DayOfTheDead1985''. In a case of LifeImitatesArt, most of the town is soon taken over and they become undead-like creatures.

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Season 3 has the kids sneaking into a screening of Creator/GeorgeRomero's ''Film/DayOfTheDead1985''. In a case of LifeImitatesArt, most of the town is soon taken over and they become undead-like creatures.



* Teenagers fighting a Russian invasion? ''Film/RedDawn'', which is referenced in Season 3. All located in a deep underground bunker? ''Film/DayOfTheDead1985'', which also is referenced.

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* Teenagers fighting a Russian invasion? ''Film/RedDawn'', which is referenced in Season 3. All located in a deep underground bunker? ''Film/DayOfTheDead1985'', which also is referenced.


* Steve invites Nancy to go see ''All The Right Moves'', with [[Creator/TomCruise that guy]] from ''Film/RiskyBusiness''. He then starts singing Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll," reenacting the famous scene from ''Risky Business''. In the second season, Steve and Nancy's Halloween costumes are from ''Film/RiskyBusiness''.

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* Steve invites Nancy to go see ''All The Right Moves'', ''Film/AllTheRightMoves'', with [[Creator/TomCruise "[[Creator/TomCruise that guy]] from ''Film/RiskyBusiness''. ''Film/RiskyBusiness''." He then starts singing Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll," reenacting the famous scene from ''Risky Business''. In the second season, Steve and Nancy's Halloween costumes are from ''Film/RiskyBusiness''.


** The episode "The Monster" climaxes with the kids [[Film/StandByMe walking off into the woods along a set of railroad tracks before being ambushed by a pair of bullies, one of whom threatens them with a switchblade]]. Note that the fourth episode is also titled "The Body", which was the name of the Creator/StephenKing story that was adapted into ''Film/StandByMe''.
** While under the influence of the Mind Flayer Billy stops the Party from escaping from the mall by removing part of their vehicle's ignition system. This is the same tactic Jack Torrance, while under the influence of the hotel and its ghosts, uses to prevent Wendy and Danny from escaping the hotel in ''Literature/TheShining.''

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** The episode "The Monster" climaxes with the kids [[Film/StandByMe walking off into the woods along a set of railroad tracks before being ambushed by a pair of bullies, one of whom threatens them with a switchblade]]. Note that the fourth episode is also titled switchblade. All of this has parallels in ''Film/StandByMe'', based on Stephen King's short story "The Body", which was the name of the Creator/StephenKing story that was adapted into ''Film/StandByMe''.
Body." Episode four is also called "The Body."
** While under the influence of the Mind Flayer Flayer, Billy stops the Party from escaping from the mall by removing part of their vehicle's ignition system. This is the same tactic Jack Torrance, while under the influence of the hotel and its ghosts, uses to prevent Wendy and Danny from escaping the hotel in ''Literature/TheShining.''



** In the final few episodes of season 1, [[spoiler:the kids use the term "[[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Lando]]" to describe the possibility of the adults being forced to betray them]].

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** In the final few episodes of season 1, [[spoiler:the kids use the term "[[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Lando]]" "Lando" to describe the possibility of the adults being forced to betray them]].



* Joyce's first season haircut was inspired by Creator/MerylStreep 's hair in ''Film/{{Silkwood}}''. Millie Bobby Brown has also stated that Creator/WinonaRyder 's short-cropped hair in ''Film/GirlInterrupted'' gave her courage to shave off her own hair.

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* Joyce's first season haircut was inspired by Creator/MerylStreep 's hair in ''Film/{{Silkwood}}''. Millie Bobby Brown has also stated that Creator/WinonaRyder 's short-cropped hair in ''Film/GirlInterrupted'' gave her courage to shave off her own hair.



*** Weathertop from season 3, though ''is'' from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
** Another reference lies in the fact that Will's fort in the woods has a password, that being "Radagast", after Radagast the Brown, one of the Istari.

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*** ** Weathertop from season 3, though ''is'' 3 is from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
** Another reference lies in the fact that The password for Will's fort in the woods has a password, that being is "Radagast", after Radagast the Brown, one of the Istari.


* Speaking of hair, Joyce's first season haircut was inspired by Creator/MerylStreep 's hair in ''Film/{{Silkwood}}''. Millie Bobby Brown has also stated that Creator/WinonaRyder 's short-cropped hair in ''Film/GirlInterrupted'' gave her courage to shave off her own hair.

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* Speaking of hair, Joyce's first season haircut was inspired by Creator/MerylStreep 's hair in ''Film/{{Silkwood}}''. Millie Bobby Brown has also stated that Creator/WinonaRyder 's short-cropped hair in ''Film/GirlInterrupted'' gave her courage to shave off her own hair.


* In season 3, Hopper steals a car from a guy named Todd with a license plate reading "TODFTHR," prompting Max to wonders "Who's Todfather?" It's clearly a self-aggrandizing vanity plate referencing ''Film/TheGodfather''.

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* In season 3, Hopper steals a car from a guy named Todd with a license plate reading "TODFTHR," prompting Max to wonders wonder "Who's Todfather?" It's clearly a self-aggrandizing vanity plate referencing ''Film/TheGodfather''.



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* In season 3, Hopper steals a car from a guy named Todd with a license plate reading "TODFTHR," prompting Max to wonders "Who's Todfather?" It's clearly a self-aggrandizing vanity plate referencing ''Film/TheGodfather''.


* ''Franchise/StarWars'': In the final few episodes of season 1, [[spoiler:the kids use the term "[[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Lando]]" to describe the possibility of the adults being forced to betray them]].

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': ''Franchise/StarWars'':
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In the final few episodes of season 1, [[spoiler:the kids use the term "[[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Lando]]" to describe the possibility of the adults being forced to betray them]].them]].
** The opening scene of season 3 ends with Grigori picking up the lead Russian scientist by the throat and throttling him, and there's a shot of the man's boots dangling in the air, just like in the scene where Darth Vader chokes Captain Antilles.
** Steve and Dustin have a mock lightsaber duel in the ice-cream parlor in season 3.


* ''Film/2001ASpaceOdyssey'' : "Daisy" played in a minor key and with weird, dwindling electronics is the tune that HAL plays as it's dying, and in Hawkins it's the soundtrack to the Russian broadcast.

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* ''Film/2001ASpaceOdyssey'' : ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'': "Daisy" played in a minor key and with weird, dwindling electronics is the tune that HAL plays as it's dying, and in Hawkins it's the soundtrack to the Russian broadcast.

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** In the Season 3 finale, Steve bumps into a cutout display of ''Fast Times at Ridgemont High'' depicting Phoebe Cates in her famous red bikini. Steve recognizes her and adds the film to his "favorites" list.


* ''Franchise/TheTerminator'': A marquee and a TV commercial for the first film appear in the season two premiere. The advertisement for ''Film/TheTerminator'' is the real one, not a mash-up made by the producers. ShownTheirWork indeed!
** The Russian hitman Grigori in Season 3 greatly resembles the original Terminator, having [[InvertedTrope villainous]] [[LanternJawOfJustice sculpted features]], short brushed-up hair, fingerless gloves and a denim jacket (instead of leather) giving him a similar silhouette, and being a large man who frequently hip-fires an assault rifle on full auto. He's even jokingly called "Arnold Schwarzenegger" once.
*** For added measure, his actor bears a slight resemblance to Robert Patrick, who played [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay The T-1000]].

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* ''Franchise/TheTerminator'': ''Franchise/TheTerminator'':
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A marquee and a TV commercial for the first film appear in the season two premiere. The advertisement for ''Film/TheTerminator'' is the real one, not a mash-up made by the producers. ShownTheirWork indeed!
** The Russian hitman Grigori in Season 3 greatly resembles the original Terminator, having [[InvertedTrope villainous]] villainous [[LanternJawOfJustice sculpted features]], short brushed-up hair, fingerless gloves and a denim jacket (instead of leather) giving him a similar silhouette, and being a large man who frequently hip-fires an assault rifle on full auto. He's even jokingly called "Arnold Schwarzenegger" once.
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once. For added measure, his actor bears a slight resemblance to Robert Patrick, who played [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay The T-1000]].



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* ''Film/2001ASpaceOdyssey'' : "Daisy" played in a minor key and with weird, dwindling electronics is the tune that HAL plays as it's dying, and in Hawkins it's the soundtrack to the Russian broadcast.


** The conflict at the beginning of the seventh episode of season three is very reminiscent of ''Film/EvilDead2''. The Mind Flayer has made itself a monster of flesh, bursting its giant head through Hopper's cabin in the woods. The kids defend themselves from it using a shotgun and ax, and Eleven is attacked by a rogue "hand." The only thing missing is a chainsaw.

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