Okay, we know, more Stranger Things hype. However, there has never been a more incredible reference to the 80s than the Netflix original. Honestly it gives us 80s fans plenty of joy knowing something, like, totally 80s, is making it in modern times. Turns out, 80s classics like The Shining and Nightmare on Elm Street happened to be reference material for some of the Stranger Things cast members.
80s Classic The Shining and More Help Stranger Things Cast Prep
Get ready for another heavy 80s inspired season. The older actors in the show, Natalia Dyer, Joe Keery and Dacre Montgomery sat down with Nerdist’s Alicia Lutes and revealed what their reference materials were for the upcoming season. Dryer, who plays Nancy Wheeler in the show, said that she watched a lot of Nightmare on Elm Street.
We’re thinking she was trying to tap into the role of a woman who has had it with being scared and is trying to take on the big bad guy. Meanwhile, Keery, who plays Steve, said he was looking at references such as 80s Tom Cruise. One film in particular was Risky Business. Young Cruise really did have some 80s classics under his belt and Risky Business was certainly one of them.
Last but not least was the new kid on the block (referencing an 80s band 100 points). Montgomery will be playing a new character on the show and is said to be the human villain. To prepare, Montgomery said he watched plenty of Steven King, including films like The Shining.
So, we can definitely look to see some of these 80s characters with a twist and a new face in the second season of Netflix’s Stranger Things. For more on the source material for these young actors and what to expect in season two, check out the Nerdist report.