22 Things You Didn't Know About The Awesomely 80's Stranger Things

How did we even live before Stranger Things came around? Somehow, we must have managed to make it through the drudgery of our routine days and nights - yet it all seemed empty until this pitch-perfect homage to 80's movies arrived on Netflix this summer. Now, the future looks so bright...

The show's creators, The Duffer Brothers, originally wanted to re-make the Stephen King mini-series IT, but were rejected
The show features many hidden homages to King, such as the book being read by the trooper in the morgue, Cujo
When approached about joining the cast of the Netflix series, Winona Ryder reportedly didn't know what streaming was
Thanks to puberty, the voice of (Dustin) Gaten Matarazzo changed heavily during filming, making post-production dialogue impossible
The twins who play Holly Wheeler are the same actresses who played baby Judith on The Walking Dead
State Trooper O'Bannon is named after the screenwriter of the original Alien movie, Dan O'Bannon
The show's Producer-Director Sean Levy was also the Director for all three Night at the Museum movies
Winona Ryder (Joyce) starred in the movie Reality Bites, which also features a number of references to 1980's pop culture
Stranger Things has been incredibly popular with Netflix users - and a second season is officially planned for sometime in 2017
When asked who will be in a second season, The Duffer Brothers teased they may do, "a larger time jump where the kids are older now and it’s a different decade"
Season Two will also be one episode longer, running for 9 episodes instead of 8 as in Season One
Repeated shots of the Byers' house always shows the porch swing outside. This is a reference to The Evil Dead movies where a similar shot is used
Stranger Things was also inspired by the work of John Carpenter - and The Thing movie posters can be seen several times during different episodes
To help actress Millie Bobby Brown (11) get psyched to shave her head, filmmakers showed her pictures of Charlize Theron in Mad Max
To help her prepare for the role, filmmakers told Brown to watch The Goonies, Stand By Me and Poltergeist - all 1980's classics that inspired Stranger Things
On The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the kids came clean about the now-infamous kissing scene
The show features the music of Tangerine Dream, a band who's music featured prominently in the 1980's hit Risky Business starring Tom Cruise
Another influence on the show is the Japanese anime classic, Akira about children with telekinetic abilities
Actor Noah Schapp (Will Byers) played Charlie Brown in the 2015 film The Peanuts Movie
The Hawkins PD uniforms are the exact same as those worn by the Amity Police Department in the movie Jaws 2
There have been very few movies or shows that have nailed that "80's vibe" as perfectly as Stranger Things (wait, you already knew that one)