Nostalgic and creepy Netflix series Stranger Things was obviously influenced by movies from the ’80s, but in a recent interview, the show’s creators revealed some video games that added to the tone.
Speaking with IGN, Matt and Ross Duffer revealed that they were big video game fans, and that the medium had a huge influence on the tone of Stranger Things. The creators mentioned that many people have already caught on to some of the inspirations.
“Silent Hill is the one most people have picked up on,” said Ross Duffer. “Because that’s the least subtle one with the look of the Upside Down and with all the fog and the forest dripping. Obviously we were really looking at that game for visualizing this other world, so that’s a big one.”
This makes sense?the foggy and other-worldly horror of Silent Hill is perfect match for the Upside Down. But visuals weren’t the only aspect of games from which the brothers took inspiration.
“I love [The Last of Us],” said Matt. “The storytelling in that game and a lot of the imagery. We’re huge, huge fans of the Dark Souls games, and there’s something about when you’re playing Dark Souls?immediately when you’re in that world, it was to do with the imagery, it has to do with the sound design, and you’re just immediately very uncomfortable and on edge. We wanted you to feel that way when you’re in the Upside Down.”
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