There have been stranger things in this world than the fact that STRANGER THINGS has become such a huge pop culture phenomenon this year. The second we gazed at the itsy bitsy teaser I knew that something special was in store.
Plus, the fact that it was starring pop culture Queen Winona Ryder, it was just so clear!
If you’re familiar with us, you know that we firmly believe that portals of the past are always open and ready to influx the present, and in the end, help shape the future, and STRANGER THINGS is the perfect example of this.
From the second the show opens with its cavernous rumbling synths and the panning electric red Stephen King-esque font comes into full view, the homage to classic 80s horror occult thrillers is ignited. What follows is a roller coaster ride that has erupted a fever for this brilliantly branded nostalgia.
Nostalgia is the key to this show, and for those who think the past is best left in the past, you might want to reconsider those thoughts, and give this show a shot at infiltrating the imagination with the beauty and wonder that the past has to offer.
We were inspired by the show’s epic 80s style illustrated poster to take a look back at some of the artful posters of films from the 1980s, and how their graphic quality still stands up to this day.
We made a list of 20, and hope it helps sparks some neurons!
20. THE TERMINATOR (1984) // Directed by James Cameron
19. A ROOM WITH A VIEW (1986) // Directed by James Ivory
18. TRICK OR TREAT (1986) // Directed by Charles Martinsmith
17. THE EVIL DEAD (1981) // Directed by Sam Raimi
16. NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984) // Directed by Wes Craven
15. THE FOG (1980) // Directed by John Carpenter
14. FULL METAL JACKET (1987) // Directed by Stanley Kubrick
13. THE MISSION (1986) // Directed by Roland Joffe
12. RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983) // Directed by Richard Marquand
11. SCARFACE (1983) // Directed by Brian De Palma
10. THE LAST STARFIGHTER (1984) // Directed by Nick Castle
9. FRIGHT NIGHT (1985) // Directed by Tom Halland
8. THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST (1988) // Directed by Martin Scorsese
7. CHRISTINE (1983) // Directed by John Carpenter
6. THE ABYSS (1989) // Directed by James Cameron
5. EMPIRE OF THE SUN (1987) // Directed by Steven Spielberg
4. THE SHINING (1980) // Directed by Stanley Kubrick
3. BLADE RUNNER (1982) // Directed by Ridley Scott
2. E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL (1982) // Directed by Steven Spielberg
1. BLUE VELVET (1986) //Directed by David Lynch
Obviously we have a little bias towards Lynch, but this poster is EVERYTHING.
Are we missing one of your personal picks? LEAVE A COMMENT telling us your favourite 80s movie poster.
Also, take a look at this incredible video slideshow of 1,646 movie posters from the 1980s for reference:
Can’t wait for Season 2 of ‘Stranger Things’ !
Until we meet again,