The Duffer Brothers enjoy taking influences and wearing them on their sleeves. The social media accounts for Stranger Things have announced a new weekly post called Video Store Fridays. The purpose of these weekly posts is to share movies that have been recently watched by the Duffer Brothers and their writing team, while stating that they will have an impact on Stranger Things season 4. From the looks of things, these guys are all over the map for the upcoming season.
The Stranger Things Season 4 Premiere Title is referencing X-Men, which was definitely a comic book in the 80s, but the movie didn't come out until the 2000s. The first episode is titled The Hellfire Club, named after a group of villains who made their big screen debut in 2011's X-Men: First Class. It looks like the Duffer Bros. may have exhausted their '80s era references, as they go looking towards other decades in genre films.
Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey was one of the first movies to be announced during the Video Store Fridays as Stranger Things Season 4 production starts to ramps up. The 1991 sequel is a classic, but how is it going to factor into Stranger Things season 4? Are we going to see Eleven play chess with Death? Will Characters be going to hell? Will Steve and Dustin have a run in with a wild Easter Bunny? Or will there be Evil Robot versions of the kids? Who knows.
The first movie listed in the weekly posts is 1985's The Peanut Butter Solution. This is a deep cut from the 1980s and a quick glance at the trailer reveals why. The story centers on an eleven-year old boy who loses his hair and starts putting a peanut butter potion on his head, which makes his hair grow uncontrollably. It looks pretty crazy, and in actuality, you could see plenty of riffs being pulled from this obscure gem.
The Peanut Butter Solution is straight up bonkers, so it will be interesting to see how it fits into Stranger Things season 4. There are also movies that one would come to expect, like Hellraiser 2 and The Silence of the Lambs. Elsewhere, there are bizarre comedies like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Pineapple Express. The Duffer Brothers are pulling from everywhere with these movies, which should lead to a good time for hardcore fans of the show who are looking to keep up. Not in the list is Fast Times at Ridgemont High, though there are new Stranger Things 4 characters coming, and one has been referred to as Sean Penn's Jeff Spicoli.
1991's Drop Dead Fred is another one of the weirder movies on the Stranger Things season 4 mix. The movie centers on a woman who starts to lose everything in her life and reunites with her imaginary friend, Fred. Carrie Fisher is even in this and you can watch her try to beat up the imaginary friend in the trailer. Other movies listed thus far are Amelie, Paradise Lost, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Young Sherlock Holmes, Hackers, The Good Son, Billy Madison, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Black Swan, The Fisher King, You've Got Mail, and Ordinary People.
It is totally possible that the Duffer Brothers are trolling their audience with some of these picks for new Stranger Things episodes. The Peanut Butter Solution is pretty out there and so is Drop Dead Fred, but you never know what elements of these movies and stories that the directing and writing duo are going to latch on to. Regardless, Video Store Fridays already has fans trying to figure out the mystery and season 4 hasn't even started production yet. You can check out the official list of movies below, thanks to the Stranger Things Writers Twitter account. You can also enjoy trailers for some of these selections.
INTRODUCING: Video Store Fridays!— Stranger Writers (@strangerwriters) October 11, 2019
every friday, I will list 5 movies the writers talked about during the week. all of these movies relate in some way or another to season four! you ready or what demonerds?
five movies discussed this week:— Stranger Writers (@strangerwriters) October 11, 2019
- The Peanut Butter Solution
- The Fisher King
- Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey
- You’ve Got Mail
- Ordinary People
It's Video Store Fridays time! this week, the movies overheard in the writers' room are:— Stranger Writers (@strangerwriters) October 18, 2019
- Hellraiser 2
- Billy Madison
- The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Black Swan
Video Store Friday timeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!— Stranger Writers (@strangerwriters) October 25, 2019
- Young Sherlock Holmes
- Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
- Silence of the Lambs
- The Good Son
oh hey, it’s VIDEO STORE FRIDAY!— Stranger Writers (@strangerwriters) November 1, 2019
- Paradise Lost
- Pineapple Express
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
- Drop Dead Fred