Stranger Things

15 Great Movies To Watch If You Liked “Stranger Things”

By Vlad Albescu

Equally influenced by Steven Spielberg’s family-adventure films, 80s nostalgia, Stephen King’s novels and John Carpenter’s retro synth soundscapes, “Stranger Things” was one of the best received shows of 2016. Not only did it gain a lot of popularity in a very short time, but it already feels like a classic. Last week, the second season was released on Netflix and continues to receive acclaim from both critics and audiences.

If you’ve finished binge-watching the newest episodes and you’re looking for similar stories, here are 15 movies to enjoy until next season.

15. Ghostbusters (1984)

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Well, this is a little bit of a stretch, but if you’ve already seen Chapter Two of the second “Stranger Things” season, you must have noticed the boys’ Halloween costumes, which are exact replicas of the ones worn by Bill Murray and co. in “Ghostbusters.” And let’s not forget the famous theme song, which was featured during the episode and was also played during its credits.

This all-time classic follows four guys from New York (parapsychologists, to be exact) who form the Ghostbusters, a paranormal investigation and elimination service. Basically, they are ghost hunters.

“Ghostbusters” is one of the most entertaining action-comedies ever made. It’s funny and witty, fast-paced, has memorable performances from its cast, great special effects, and the catchiest theme song ever. Really, is there anyone out there who doesn’t like the “Ghostbusters” theme?

What you gonna watch? Ghostbusters!

14. I Am Not A Serial Killer (2016)

This 2016 quirky thriller flick flew under the radar of mainstream audiences despite being one of the most original films to come out in the last couple of years. The film stars Max Records as John, a troubled teenager who struggles with homicidal thoughts, and Christopher Lloyd → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

Watch: 25 Creative Transitions from ‘Stranger Things 2’

By V Renée

“Stranger Things 2” does so much right, including its clever transitions.

Stranger Things is one of the most-watched Netflix shows in their original programming line-up, and it’s not difficult to see why. The incredible acting (especially that of the young cast), dynamic storytelling, and beautifully moody visuals all contribute to creating its hugely popular 80s-themed sci-fi horror universe, but there’s one facet of the show’s filmmaking that some may not have noticed but totally should: its scene transitions.

In yet another excellent supercut, Zackary Ramos-Taylor shows us how creators The Duffer Brothers, as well as the show’s directors, DPs, and editors, used clever scene transitions to not only tell more dynamic stories but to also add style and build tension.

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

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From:: No Film School

All the Times ‘Stranger Things’ Referenced Movies and TV Shows

By V Renée

From “E.T.” to “Commando,” these are the movie and TV references from “Stranger Things.”

For as much as Stranger Things is a show about alternate dimensions and the terrifying Demogorgon, it’s also a show about nostalgia. To give it that realistic, wistful feel, the show is packed with popular music, food, and video games from the 1980s, effectively transporting you back to a time when a BMX bike and a backpack full of bologna sandwiches could take you anywhere. However, Stranger Things also reminds us of the iconic films of the 80s as well through stylized shots and sequences that match the originals almost perfectly. In this video by Fandor, we get to see all of show’s movie and TV references that pay homage to a bygone time in cinema.

Okay, calling some of these shots references might be a bit of a stretch, but it’s definitely clear that Stranger Things is not shy about paying homage to films like The Goonies, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Alien, and of course, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

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From:: No Film School

Create a ‘Stranger Things’ Inspired ‘Upside Down’ Look in After Effects

By Jourdan Aldredge

Check out this step-by-step walkthrough on how to make your own ‘upside down’ world.

After taking the world by storm, Stranger Things is back with a second season that includes all its signature throwback horror themes, effects and homages. One of the most iconic elements of the Stranger Things universe is the scary and macabre “upside down” world which is responsible for some of the most terrifying creatures and moments in the Duffer Brothers’ show. In this tutorial by Red Giant, Seth Worley shows us how he created a Stranger Things inspired upside down world of his own using After Effects and Red Giant products.

Let’s dive a little more in-depth into this tutorial to help you create your very own upside down world look for your projects and ’80s horror-loving amusement.

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From:: No Film School

5 Horror Lighting Setups You Can Do with One Light

By V Renée

Find out how to recreate the looks of some of the best horror films and TV shows using only a single light source.

Horror films are all about mood and one way to create one that spooks your audience is by using lighting. There are many different ways horror filmmakers light their most terrifying scenes, from creating silhouettes to casting dramatic shadows, but many of these approaches don’t require an entire professional lighting kit to pull off. In fact, you can light your horror scenes with a single light source. In this video, Jordy Vandeput of Cinecom recreates five different lighting setups from films and TV shows like Stranger Things, It, and The Exorcist using only one light and a few cheap or free accessories. Check it out below:

Here are all of the examples Vandeput shares in the video:

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From:: No Film School

Olympus Adds 17mm & 45mm F1.2 Lenses to Micro Four Thirds Arsenal

By Daron James

Olympus unveils two new fast F1.2 primes for Micro Four Thirds shooters.

While we were busy re-binging season one of Stranger Things (which we should mention, entirely unrelated to this post, was shot by DPs Tim Ives and Tod Campbell on RED Dragon with Leica primes), Olympus released two new Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lenses in its M.ZUKIO PRO line.

Olympus and Panasonic both favor the smaller MFT sensors over APS-C and full-frame systems, and with the demand to fill untapped gaps in speed and focal length, the lens collection continues to grow. This is good news for MFT shooters as Olympus now offers a 17mm and 45mm at F1.2 based on the same design philosophy as the existing 25mm F1.2.

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From:: No Film School