Written by John Squires
In his review right here on iHorror, Trey Hilburn hailed Stranger Things as Netflix’s best original series yet, and you won’t find me disagreeing with him on that point. The new series, which is almost universally beloved across social media, taps into ’80s nostalgia in such an authentic way that it truly feels like a long lost relic of the bygone decade, and it’s loaded with homages to classic films we all love.
Of course, one of the strongest influences on Stranger Things is the work of Stephen King, and the show makes no secret of that. At times, it feels like you’re watching a remake of IT, and there are winks and nods to so many of King’s novels that the series can best be described as a love letter to horror’s literary master.
So then. What does King think of Stranger Things? He tweeted glowing praise over the weekend.
“Watching STRANGER THINGS is [like] watching Steve King’s Greatest Hits,” King tweeted. “I mean that in a good way.”
“STRANGER THINGS is pure fun,” he later added. “A+. Don’t miss it. Winona Ryder shines.”
Guillermo del Toro, whose work was also an influence, is loving the show as much as King.
“Stranger Things may be a lot of things: King, Spielberg, 80’s, myself,” he wrote. “But what it is, above all, is good!!“
In Stranger Things…