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The Nose Has Seen "Stranger Things"

Aug 12, 2016

Start with four parts "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial." That's your base. Then you'll need two parts "The Goonies," two parts "Poltergeist," and two parts "Alien." Mix in one part each of "It," "Stand by Me," "Firestarter," "Explorers," "Carrie," and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Add a Winona Ryder-shaped dollop of "Beetlejuice," and top off with a dash of the covers of classic '70s and '80s horror novels.

That's the recipe for the newish Netflix series "Stranger Things."

Or, put another way: If Quentin Tarantino were obsessed with Stephen King and Steven Spielberg instead of spaghetti westerns and kung fu movies, we'd have gotten "Stranger Things" instead of "Pulp Fiction" and "Kill Bill."

The Nose had been wondering what it'd be like if Urban Outfitters made a TV show. Now we know.

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Colin McEnroe, Greg Hill, and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.