23. Stranger Things is meant to be more subconscious than “self-aware”
While the Duffer Brothers clearly wanted to pay homage to some of their favorite films, they considered a lot of what they did to subconscious acts. Instead of reference being incredibly deliberate, they simply did what they thought was best.
Matt Duffer told The Daily Beast:
"“Sometimes I see people write about it and they say they like that the show is “self-aware.” And I guess I really didn’t want it to be self-aware. We never wanted to be ironic and we didn’t want to wink at the audience. We wanted it to play like one of those movies would’ve back then, that was sort of the goal. So the hope with the references or whatever is that they don’t pull people out of it. The way we tried to get away with that was being truthful to what the characters would do in their situations and make sure it all makes sense.”"
Honestly, I think the show stays very far away from feeling like a cheap remake of something we’ve already seen. Despite nodding at several famous movies, Stranger Things felt new and refreshing. Of course, it contained several tropes that we’d seen before. Yet, it felt honest and genuine. So in that regard, I would say the Duffer Brothers accomplished exactly what they wanted.