Stranger Things/Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Netflix; Columbia Pictures
By Ashley Hoffman
August 3, 2016

In the Olympics of classic movie references, Stranger Things wins. The hype-worthy throwback series is an homage-a-minute factory. The show didn’t just have Netflix’s three most-binged genres — thriller, horror and sci-fi — it was packed with everything except a gong for the Duffer Brothers to strike every time they threw in a tribute to one of their cinematic favorites. Even some of the creators who the show calls back to — from the in-your-face: Stephen King, John Carpenter and Steven Spielberg to the sly: Guillermo del Toro — have approved the nerd hat tips.

It’s truly exceptional how many references — from cinema in the ’70, ’80s and beyond — there are. Here, TIME runs through the ten best.

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