When a young kid, Will Byers, goes missing, his tight-knit pals — Mike, Dustin, and Lucas — mourn his absence. Then Eleven comes into the picture, an Eggo-loving girl with psychokinetic powers that escaped from a nearby laboratory with very unethical practices. Underneath the town looms what they call the “Upside Down,” aka a parallel universe.


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With two seasons under its belt, which racked up a handful of Emmy nominees, and a third expected in July, the sci-fi series has proved to be a mega-hit for Netflix. The sci-fi series more than anything, is a homage to films and popular culture of the era. If you want a dose of paranoia-inducing alien flicks, government conspiracies or childhood nostalgia, then you should check these out.

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Kids in Super 8

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Kids in Super 8

Set four years behind the first season of Stranger Things in 1979, J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 rode the found footage trend of its time (it was released in 2011). There’s a lot of similarities to mine here: Both play out in the Midwest, surround a group of ragtag pals and both grapple with disappearing people, anxious parents and, well, government conspiracies and weird alien stuff.

Here’s the lowdown: While filming a zombie movie, a group of kids (Elle Fanning plays the token girl, Joel Courtney and Gabriel Basso round out the team) witness a train derail and barely escape with their lives intact. But it wasn’t an accident. Deputy Jackson Lamb, the father of the kids,

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