If there was any doubt in your mind that Netflix’s “Stranger Things” took inspiration from Stephen King, let this new poster be Exhibit A.
The promo artwork featuring Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) was tweeted out by the official “Stranger Things” account Thursday with the caption: “Normal in every way but one. Will Eleven have the power … to survive?”
This draws reference to her psychic powers but shows the fight is a bit more basic than fighting monsters or the supernatural. It also is a direct homage to the movie 1984 horror movie “Firestarter,” starring Drew Barrymore and based on the novel by King.
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) August 31, 2017
For comparison, here’s the “Firestarter” movie poster.
This is just another installment in a pattern for promoting the show’s upcoming second season. Prior posters have drawn comparisons to other King and ’80s horror movie artwork, plus one provided an unsubtle reference to the first “Alien” and its famous tagline.
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) August 24, 2017
Another used the character Nancy to depict the first “Nightmare on Elm Street.”
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) August 10, 2017
And going along with the King influences (including the themes of friendship) there was one inspired by “Stand by Me.”
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) August 3, 2017
Then of course there’s the official poster for Season 2, which draws heavily from King book covers like “The Stand” and the poster for “The Mist” movie adaptation.
The official show Twitter has been tweeting them out every Thursday as it recaps the previous season.
“Stranger Things,” created by the Duffer Brothers, comes back to Netflix on Oct. 27.