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9 Easter Eggs Hidden In Stranger Things Season Three

Lewis Budden



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Hawkins, Indiana has played host to many supernatural happenings over the past few years. From alien dimensions to telekinetic powers, Stranger Things packs a paranormal punch. One of the show’s strengths is weaving pop-culture Easter Eggs of the 1980s into the world of Hawkins. All whilst sprinkling some plot seasoning throughout the series, Season Three was full of these.

As we all anticipate Season Four, join us as we discover 9 Easter Eggs hidden in Stranger Things Season Three.

SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen Stranger Things, but if not there are spoilers ahead.

1. The Elm Street door

When Eleven goes looking for Heather, the missing lifeguard, she ventures to her home. The door is a replica of Nancy Thompson’s family home in 1984’s ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’.

Whilst the house number differs slightly from 1428 to 1438, the symbol and the framing is a direct homage to Wes Cravens 80s genre-defining slasher. The comparisons entwine perfectly too. Craven pioneered the fear of teens vanishing at the hands of a supernatural being. Whilst the Duffer Brothers have played on this since season one with Will’s disappearance.

Craven played on the fear that the child isn’t safe in their own home and at constant risk of possession or even death. Stanger Things use this same fear throughout the seasons, dating back to Will’s initial vanishing and funeral.

This specific scene also features Eleven and Max arriving at the house and quizzing Billy about Nancy’s whereabouts. The conclusion of this encounter reveals that Billy is possessed by the Mind Flayer. It recognises Eleven from the showdown at the end of season 2. This is one final Craven-ism as his infamous villain was known for his possession and shapeshifting. Krueger, like Billy, was a threat to the protagonists as he had, or was the host to something inhuman and highly powerful.

2. Cates, the cardboard cut out

Season Three sees Dustin return to Hawkins from summer camp. This is when he reveals he has a girlfriend called Suzy. He claims that she is prettier than Phoebe Cates, the actress best known for her role in 1982’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

This reference to 1980s romance and adolescent lust crops back up later in the series; when Robin is trying to get Steve a job at the video store. Steve tumbles in into a cardboard cut-out of Cates as Linda Barrett before propping it back up and admiring it in comical fashion.

The first bonus Fast Times reference is in the form of the song ‘Moving in Stereo’ by The Cars. It’s the soundtrack to the slow-motion pool scene’ in the 80’s romantic comedy. Quite possibly the most replayed scene in cinema thanks to its pubescent audience. But, it’s also played in Season Three when Billy walks to the pool in his lifeguard uniform. It’s a nod to the risque film of the era whilst establishing Billy as the local heatwave heartthrob.

The second bonus Fast Times reference is the car Billy drives. His bad boy 1979 Chevy Camaro is the exact same car used in the 80’s teen flick and is very on-brand for the lifeguard lothario.

3. Peter and the plot twist?

Season Three saw the most emotional moments of the show so far. “The Battle of Starcourt” gave us the tear-jerking scene of Eleven reading the letter left for her by Hopper.

However, there may have been an audio Easter Egg planted that relates back to Season One…

The scene in season 3 includes Peter Gabriel’s cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes”. The same cover of the song that features in the season 1 episode “Holly, Jolly” when Will is still believed to be dead. This could be a subtle hint that Hopper isn’t dead and is set for a return… only season 4 will tell.

4. The Kaufman shout-out

Much like the Elm St reference, the is an ever more subtle hint at horror in Stranger Things Season Three with it’s Easter Eggs. Kaufman Shoes is shown in the Starcourt Mall, a likely nod to Philip Kaufman, who directed the 1978 classic, Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

As the Mind Flayer is partial to a spot of body-snatching themselves, its only fitting the director of the seventies scream-fest got their own spot in Hawkins.

5. Suzie and the book

Suzie is teased throughout Season Three, as we aren’t actually sure if Dustin’s girlfriend exists or not. But when she is revealed, she’s shown reading a book, a quiet contrast to the insanity taking place in Hawkins.

The book that Suzie (Gabriella Pizzolo) is reading is Ursula K. Le Guin’s A Wizard Of Earthsea. A tale of a young boy who accidentally releases an evil entity into the world thanks to his magical powers. Sounds a lot like a recap of Season One, and a flex of a reference for the eagle-eyed viewers.

6. Romero references

Another horror film used in Season Three is Day of the Dead when Mike, Will, Lucas, and Max are watching the film’s opening scene. This film begins with a dream sequence in which Lori Cardille’s protagonist imagines a wall of grasping hands. Using the most memorable images from the film establishes it as an intentional reference.

Day of the Dead was the third of George Romero’s Zombie trilogy (following Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead). It follows scientist and solders in an underground bunker, trying to fight a Zombie horde. The characters of Stanger Things are seen watching the film following a Blackout in Hawkins. The abandoned town resembles neglected Florida in Romero’s third Zombie outing.

A sign is also shown outside the theatre suggesting the film was a preview screening. This sets the film in Stanger Things cannon as Day of the Dead wouldn’t open nationally until later in July that year.

7. Murray’s phone number

Conspiracy nut turned heart-warming loon, Murray is a treat in Season Three. But he is also involved in a meta crossover Easter Egg. In Episode Six, Murray’s phone number (618-625-8313) is shown on screen. If you call it goes straight through to the characters voicemail.

Completely true to form, Murray, can be heard yelling about his mother and shouting about Joyce Byers before referring to the caller as a parasite. “If this is Joyce, Joyce, thank you for calling, I have been trying to reach you. I have an update. It’s about, well, it’s probably best if we speak in person. It’s not good or bad, but it’s something.”

Could this be another teaser for Hopper’s return in Season Four? Is he the American in Russia? IS IT BARB? … Probably not.

8. Ryder references

Getting even more meta, is the blink and you’ll miss it a reference to Winona Ryder’s filmography. Deep in the centre of Scott Clarke’s model is the grave from Beetlejuice.

This is an extra subtle nod to Ryder’s work of the time, yet the setting of season 3 actually predates Beetlejuice by 3 years. We shall see if season 4 holds even more Winona-isms.

9. The hair tie from Hopper

The blue hair tie is a subtle but highly useful prop throughout Stranger Things. Once belonging to Sara, the daughter of Hopper who died before season 1, it can be seen on Hopper throughout both Season One and Season Two. Prior to the Snow Ball, he gives it to Eleven and she is seen wearing it throughout Season Three.

To solidify its significance Hopper can be seen playing with it on her wrist before the two separate in the mall for their individual life-threatening missions. Unsure if the two will ever meet again, the blue hairband is the unspoken symbol of family between them both.

Some honourable mentions

Stranger things Season Three saw so many Easter Eggs hidden in plain sight, it deserves some extra shout outs.

Karen Wheeler’s raunchy books

During the pool scenes, Karen Wheeler can be seen reading Johanna Lindsey’s brand new novel “Tender is the Storm” which was released in 1985. In Season Two Karen was shown reading “Heart of Thunder” in the bath. This is the prequel meaning that the character is following the instalments of romance novels each series. 10 points for continuity.

Canadian eye candy

The subtle subtext is discreetly revealed regarding Eleven in Season Three. This is in order to develop the character into a more independent teen. This includes her love for Canadian pop stars. Mike and Eleven are shown listening to Corey Hart’s 1985 hit “never surrender” in her room. A cassette of fellow Canadian pop Rocker Bryan Adams is also shown in her room, in keeping with the theme that Eleven was fond of the Justin Beiber’s” of her day.

The pair are seen kissing to it in June of 1985 (Mike and Eleven, not Bryan Adams and Corey Hart… that would be a completely different show), and is another accurate reference to the times as it reached No. 3 on the American charts that summer.

Max and the movies

Much like Elevens character development, Max is given the same subtle treatment to add more depth for the viewers looking for it. In episode 2 Mall Rats’ her bedroom wall shows a poster for John Carpenter’s 1982 film The Thing. As this would have been a cult film at the time, it gives Max some edgy interests whilst referencing the seasons’ plot. The Thing sees a parasite taking over its host, mirroring the narrative of Stranger Things once again.

And that’s our list of Easter Eggs from Stranger Things Season Three. What do you think? Did we miss any rumours you’ve spotted? Let us know in the comments below.

Check our Stranger Things Season Two Easter Eggs article HERE.

Read IMDB information about Stranger Things HERE.



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The Good, The Bad And The Classic

Sarah Casserley



Star From Disney Plus

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Disney Plus introduced Star to the service a little while ago now with loads of highlights. We’re sure, like us, you’ve had a good old delve into the catalogue and watched some of your faves. But, just in case you’ve missed anything, we have put together a little guide on what’s good to get stuck into. Also what’s bad and could do with being swiped past, and the classic must-see TV series and films that you probably didn’t even realise were there.

So, when you find yourself looking for something to watch on a Friday evening or binge for a couple of weeks, don’t scroll endlessly, just take a look at our guide of Disney Plus Star recommendations.

The Good

These are the films and series that have been released within the last 10 years, which you need to watch or should at least be on your ‘to watch’ list.

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Atlanta (2016 – Present)

If you haven’t watched this series yet, why not? The creative and talented Donald Glover heads up the show as the main character ‘Earn’, and on the writing credits too (among 6 others, including his brother Stephen Glover), in this funny, gritty and realistic series which follows a rapper ‘Paper Boy’ and his manager Earn (Glover) as they navigate the rap business. If you have watched the show before, you may want to re-watch for a recap as season 3 has been promised to us very soon.

9-1-1 (2018 – Present)

This isn’t just any emergency service drama, this series covers the lives of several Los Angeles first responders: police officers, paramedics, firefighters, and dispatchers. It also has some big names involved, including Angela Bassett and, later in the series, Jennifer Love Hewitt. For some reason though, there’s only two of the four seasons of 9-1-1 on Disney Plus Star so far, but it’s well worth a watch and we’re sure the other two seasons should be along soon.

Doll Face (2019 – Present)

By the title alone, and the fact that it’s a weekly release, it initially looked like this series was set around a stereotypical break up and was destined for the bad list. However, the witty script, amazing female actors and relatable storyline made me put this series firmly within the good pile as I can’t wait to watch more. Kat Dennings takes the lead in the series and really brings to life upcoming writer Jordan Weiss’ story of female friendships after a breakup.

Films on Disney Plus Star

The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

This beautiful coming of age story, based on a book with the same name, is a great watch for all ages, not just teens. Be ready for oodles of romance, as well as teary and heart-warming moments, as you follow two teens affected by cancer as they set off on a journey of discovery.

The Favourite (2018)

We love a period drama, and this quirky look at the reign of Queen Anne is no exception. With starring roles from Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone and Nicholas Hoult, it’s no wonder The Favourite had 336 nominations in award season and 182 wins. It’s definitely one of the best films from the last 5 years on Disney Plus Star.

Deadpool 2 (2018)

There are some examples coming up in these lists that give sequels a bad name, however, Deadpool 2 isn’t one of them. If you were putting off watching this one because of the sequel curse, don’t, it’s just as good – if not better – than the first. Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is back as the foul-mouthed superhero and, this time, he brings some new friends: Domino (Zazie Beetz), Fire Fist (Julian Dennison) and Weasel (T.J. Miller) among others.

The Bad

There’s not as many on this ‘bad’ list as Star has done a pretty good job with their chosen titles. However, like any service, there are always a few bad eggs in our opinion… This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch these, it’s more of a warning that there may be better things to press play on.

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Lost (2004 – 2010)

To be completely honest here, the first two seasons of Lost are very entertaining and interesting to watch, as you follow several people who try to survive a plane crash and have to adapt to life on a strange island. But, by the middle of season three, things start to get a little confusing and we found ourselves getting lost (pun intended) in the plot until the final sixth season, only to be hit with a heavily reported disappointing end… even worse than some people’s feelings about Game Of Thrones. So, we recommendation delving into some of the other series rather than this one.

24: Legacy (2017)

Trying to build another series from an established series can be very hit or miss – and this one was a huge miss. So much so that Fox axed it just after one series.

It takes on the same format as the original 24 series, where one season is just one day, however, this time they are trying to stop a terrorist attack. The format just doesn’t work with this storyline and you lose a lot of momentum and excitement, plus the acting just isn’t the best.

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Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

Just like building another series off a series, sequels can also be tricky beasts… some are good, some are bad and, when it follows an absolute classic like ‘Independence Day’, it needs to be amazing. Unfortunately, this one didn’t quite live up to the legacy of the first film; I mean, not even ‘Hunger Games’ Liam Hemsworth couldn’t get this to match up with the original. But it is still entertaining, so if you do decide to watch this one, just do so with caution.

The Classic

As you have probably already noticed there are some absolute classics on Disney Plus Star, so this is going to be the longest list, full of series that you can binge from start to finish and films that stand the test of time and can be re-watched repeatedly. Most of these titles don’t need much explanation as you’ll have already watched or heard about them, but you might not have spotted them yet on Disney Plus Star as some were buried deep in the archives.

Series on Disney Plus Star

X Files (1993 – 2001)

If you were born in the 90s or 00s, this one may have gone under your radar; however, once you watch the first season full of aliens, wired going ons and the brilliantly disjointed relationship of FBI agents, conspiracy theorist Fox Mulder and realist Dana Scully, you won’t want to stop watching. Granted some of the special effects are a little dated and unbelievable, but you will soon forget about that as you get sucked into the narrative.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997 – 2002)

I know, I know, it’s hard to think there are people out there that haven’t watched a single vampire slaying, kick-ass, sci-fi loaded episode… but there is. If you are one of those people, what are you waiting for? Every single episode is here wating for you to binge. If you don’t fancy delving into the full thing, I would recommend at least taking a peek at the seventh episode of the sixth series (Once More, with Feeling: Buffy the Musical).

24 (2001 – 2014)

Before Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) burst on our screens in 2001, this kind of format for a series had never been attempted before and it just worked, so much so it ran for 9 seasons. It may seem odd at first, as each series is just one day, but you really do get sucked in.

Grey’s Anatomy (2005 – 2018)

Within its almost 13 years of being on air, this series has offered every heart-warming and breath-holding moment you need from a hospital-based drama. This would be a perfect series to start if you want something that will last you a while.

Sons of Anarchy (2008 – 2014)

Bikes, leather and action: what’s not to like? This series ran for a glorious 7 seasons, and within these episodes, there is storyline upon storyline that will keep you hooked and wanting to know more about the motorcycle club that straddles the line between legal and illegal.

Films on Disney Plus Star

(We’re pretty sure you will have watched most of these films, but they are well worth a re-watch)

Planet of the Apes (1968)

The film that started them all. Since the release of this film in 1968, there have been seven more sequels and remakes of the original sci-fi movie, two of which you can also watch on Disney Plus Star: Planet Of the Apes (2001) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014).

Jewel of the Nile (1985)

It could possibly be that the countless TV showings over the have passed you by, but if you’ve not seen Jewel of the Nile, you should definitely give it a go. Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito are fantastic in this pure 80s romantic action comedy.

Cocktail (1988)

Sticking within the 80s romantic comedy realm, you’ve also got Cocktail, which is full of love ultimatums, with a dash of cheese. Come on, you know you want to watch a young Tom Cruise at work.

The Fly (1986)

One name – Jeff Goldblum. Watch it.

Pretty Woman (1990)

We were just as excited as the first time we watched it when we saw this classic on the service. To not watch this again would be a big mistake. HUGE.

Toys (1992)

This wonderfully wacky story by Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson comes alive with the help of one of the best comedic actors of all time, Robin Williams, alongside the wonderful Joan Cusack and, bizarrely, LL Cool J.

What’s Love Got To Do With It (1993)

Whether you love Tina Turner’s music or not, it does not matter. This is one of the most interesting and inspirational biographical movies that you will ever watch. Word of warning, the incredible Angela Bassett and Lawrence Fishburne are so great at their roles that some of the more sensitive scenes are very realistic.

Braveheart (1995)

With any new service, there are glitches, and we found one! Whilst watching this absolute classic a few weeks ago, about two and a half hours into the film the screen when to the small screen format as if the credits had come up, making it difficult to watch the last part of the film. However, when we went to finish the film off a week later the glitch had been fixed and you can now watch the whole film without interruption… FREEDOM!

William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996)

We all know that when it comes to film, Baz Luhrmann is a genius and he doesn’t disappoint with this abstract take on the story. It’s worth watching for the soundtrack alone.

Independence Day (1996)

90s Will Smith doing what he did best: lots of running, fighting and shouting – need I say more? Oh yes, you can also watch another one of his masterpieces, Enemy of the State (1998) on this service too.

Con Air (1997)

‘Put the bunny back in the box’ and sit down and watch this classic… we all know Nicholas Cage films can be a little unpredictable, but this film is definitely a hit, especially as he is joined by other legends of the screen, including John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi, John Cusack and Ving Rhames.

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Well if it’s at our fingertips, why not watch this film for the 56th time… this year.

So, there you have it, these are some of our highlights and must-miss titles from Disney Plus Star. Are there any that we missed? If so, comment below and let us know what category they belong in.

Check out the top 10 hidden gems in the other Disney Plus feeds HERE.

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