Warning: this article contains mild spoilers from Stranger Things season three.
The third season of Stranger Things landed on Netflix last week and, as is to be expected of the nostalgia-inducing show, the latest installment is full of homages to the era in which it’s set: the ’80s.
Continuing the habit of packing the Netflix original series with Easter eggs in reference to beloved pop culture moments, Stranger Things 3 tips its hat to a myriad of movie classics.
From Red Dawn and The Thing to The NeverEnding Story and Fast Times at Ridgemont High, here’s our roundup of some — but by no means all — of the best old-school references to be found in Stranger Things 3.
The entire third season riffs on Cold War actioner Red Dawn, a 1984 movie that follows a group of American high schoolers fighting against invading Soviet soldiers.
Day of the Dead
The kids go to see George A. Romero’s 1985 zombie horror film Day of the Dead in the first episode, foreshadowing the themes that pervade the rest of the season.
The Thing and The Blob
Two horror classics, The Thing and The Blob, inspired the design of the Mind Flayer, aka the gross goopy monster in Stranger Things 3.
One of the Soviet characters in the new season, Grigori, delivers major Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator vibes: a terrifyingly strong and basically mute killing machine.
The NeverEnding Story
A welcome break in the tension arrives in the form of The NeverEnding Story‘s theme tune being performed by Dustin and his not imaginary girlfriend Suzie.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Speaking of Suzie, Dustin often refers to her as being more attractive than Phoebe Cates, who starred in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, a 1982 movie that gets referenced during the swimming pool scenes in season three.