Why Movies and TV Are Drunk on Nostalgia

Nostalgia for ’80s and ’90s properties is one of the most popular things driving current film and television like Halloween and Stranger Things. Here’s why.

How come so many movies and TV shows references the 1980s? What’s with people in futuristic film and TV wearing clothing or carrying objects from the past? And why do we have so many sayings about making things “great again?”

The answer is nostalgia.

What is Nostalgia in Film and TV?

What does nostalgia mean? Nostalgia is a sentimental longing for the past or events in the past. These emotions are typically for a period that contains happy personal associations, like a time in college or a coming of age.

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