It’s only been two weeks since Netflix confirmed Stranger Things Season 4, and they’ve already blessed us with an insight into their inspiration for the fourth instalment of the hit show.
The official Twitter account of the writing team, @StrangerWriters, took to the platform to introduce ‘Video Store Fridays’. ‘Video Store Fridays’ is a weekly release of five films that will influence the fourth season in one way or another.
five movies discussed this week:
– The Peanut Butter Solution
– The Fisher King
– Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey
– You’ve Got Mail
– Ordinary People
— Stranger Writers (@strangerwriters) October 11, 2019
First up we’ve got ‘The Peanut Butter Solution’, a comedy horror film from 1985. Then we’ve got ‘The Fisher King’ and ‘Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey’, which are both from 1991. The writers have taken inspiration from the 1998 film, ‘You’ve Got Mail’ and ‘Ordinary People’ from 1980.
Considering the show is heavily based around 80s culture, it’s interesting to see that 3/5 of these films are from the 90s. Does this mean we’ll be shot forward in time into the 1990s in Season 4? Who knows.
So far, Seasons 1-3 have been set in 1983, 1984 and 1985 respectively, so you’d assume Season 4 would take place in 1986, right? Well, maybe not.
It’s unclear if the writers are just taking general inspiration from these films, or if they’ll have some sort of Easter egg or significance to the storyline, so we don’t really know if we’re heading to the 90s or not.
Considering Millie Bobby Brown herself wasn’t too stoked with Season 3’s ending, it’s entirely possible that the show’s creators are also keen to take it down a different path next season.
“I was pissed! I read the script and I was like, ‘What, how is this even possible?” she told Elle.
We don’t have a date for Season 4 yet, but the show’s creators have blessed us with a sneaky announcement video to keep us on the edge of our seats until its release. The 45-second clip didn’t give us many hints, but it did feature the tagline “We’re Not In Hawkins Anymore,” which could mean literally ANYTHING.
So, we’re not in Hawkins anymore, we’re potentially not even in the 80s either, so Stranger Things 4 could take us anywhere.Image: Netflix / Stranger Things